Joseph, a talented painter from Mukuru slums, knew he was an artist when he was still very young. He is passionate about his art but cannot yet live from his work. Even only paying for the materials is too expensive for his friends. ‘I offer them a sketch, but they want the taste of color’. […]
African Slum Journal creates a platform for giving the slums a voice and a face. We, young reporters from the slums tell you these captivating real life stories about situations that affect the people in the slums positively or negatively. Stories from Mukuru, the ‘valley’ dumpsite for industrial waste. Kibera, the biggest slum in Kenya. […]
In Mukuru slums every one knows Michael Kinyua, a real entrepreneur. Determination and high dreams keep him going. ‘When I earn some money I immediately invest it somewhere else’. Managing guest rooms and a public choo, helping people to start a small business. He all manage it from the centre of his business, a general store. […]
Playing is a important part of learning. Running outside, playing on the computer, creating things or making theatre. It all helps to develop childrens minds physically and mentally. Your reporters for African Slum Journal are Milan Kamau from Mukuru, Benjamin Sidori from Majengo and Issa Mbatia from LungaLunga slums.
Critical issues in the slums are the poor drainage and sanitation conditions. Mama Kathure, a Pumwani resident: ‘When people dump their waste, the trenches get blocked and then with rains the water flows back into the houses. Very dangerous for the health of our children’. The youth groups from Lungalunga slums produce biogas from human […]
The love for soccer, it all starts on dusty grounds with a ball made from waste plastic bags and ropes. Soccer keeps children from scavenging the dumpsites. Also girls are good in the field, and soccer is good for their self esteem. Your reporters for African Slum Journal are Musa, Eriss and Peris.
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 […]