Khat or ‘miraa’ is used by a lot of youth from the slums. You chew the leaves to feel high, energetic and get an appetite. The sign of banana leaves hanging at the door of the shop indicates fresh khat is available. But too much is harmful for your health and it breaks up many […]
Food prices rising high because of draught make living in the slums of Nairobi tougher every day. On Baraka slum market resident Mwajuma complains how difficult it is to feed her kids. In Kibera slums sack gardening allows slum people to grow their own vegetables. Your reporters for African Slum Journal are Eriss, Musa and Ursula.
Nothing can stop a determined mind. Gurston Opar, a teacher by profession, is physically challenged and freely independent. When life throws lemons at him, he makes lemonade out of it. Your reporter for African Slum Journal is Musa Chahare.
To avoid high energy bills people in the slums of Nairobi are looking for alternatives. Youth group Koch Hope in Korogocho slums comes with an alternative, the water bulb (a plastic bottle with water and bleach). In daytime when the sun shines but the homes are dark inside you can use this cheap solution. In […]
In the rainy season many people have difficulties getting to work. But it also give more opportunities to make some money. The youth are cleaning feet, shoes and boots. Some youngsters build a portable bridge in Mukuru slums to take the people across the river for a few Ksh. In the big traffic jams you […]
Chokora is the swahili name for the street children in Nairobi. Odhis, a young boy, tells us about living in the streets. ‘Some of us have fled the poverty at home, others are born here and have no family. We beg for food or scavenge around, collecting scraps for a few Ksh. It is cold, […]
For a child from the slums going to school is a big challenge. Parents search for better schools, but children from the slums have to walk extra miles, cross dangerous roads or have to hustle to get on the bus. Matatu touts do not want to take the risks of taking children alone. Razia from […]