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 […]
When you own a TV in the slums of Nairobi, you are sure of a busy social life. With a lot of neighbors visiting you to watch the news or a movie. Or a small room, a TV, a big disk on the roof and a board showing the day’s line up is what it […]
Drinking, mostly because of idleness, unemployment or stress, is a dangerous activity. Deep in the slums of Nairobi we saw many drinking joints. Changa’a, the illicit brewing often mixed with chemicals to make the consumers drink more, has led to many blinds and deaths. The government imposed the Alcohol Drinks Control Act 2010, but even after the introduction […]