Kibera is Crying out for People To Help……Two children’s looks can explain many things
Two children’s looks can explain many things
One is looking for the future (your help)… and the other hopeless living in his history
Now i have been for three weeks at Nairobi you can see all things here just adjust your position do not look for the big picture get deep and zoom your focus you will see different things
you can get this pictures !!
it is the city center of Nairobi taken from above kenyatta conference centre of Nairobi the third tallest building at Nairobi reaching a height of 105 metres but when you change your posture look through your Binoculars you will find
Imagine yourself are living at Kibera so that how will be your life without land/tenancy rights, housing, water, electricity, health clinics, education, employment, security plus much more,
Lets clarify more Facts: here are approximately 2.5 million slum dwellers in about 200 settlements in Nairobi representing 60% of the Nairobi population and occupying just 6% of the land. Kibera houses almost 1 Million of these people. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the biggest in the world.
If you will ask about your rights..i will said to you that The Government owns all the land and 90% of residents are tenants with no rights
If you will ask about your house..the average size of shack in this area is 12ft x 12ft built with mud walls, a corrugated tin roof with a dirt or concrete floor. The cost is about KES 700 per Month (£6). These shacks often house up to 8 or more with many sleeping on the floor
If you will ask about your water > Kibera had no water and it had to be collected from the Nairobi dam. The dam water is not clean and causes typhoid and cholera. Now there are two mains water pipes into Kibera, one from the municipal council and one from the World Bank. Residents collect water at KES 3 per 20 litres. So you have to pay if you want clean water
If you will ask about your Electricity Only about 20% of Kibera has electricity. UN-Habitat is in the process of providing it to some parts of Kibera – this will include street lighting, security lighting and connection to shacks (this costs KES 900 per shack, which in most cases is not affordable
In most of Kibera there are no toilet facilities. One latrine (hole in the ground) is shared by up to 50 shacks. Once full, young boys are employed to empty the latrine and they take the contents to the river. UN-Habitat and a few other agencies are trying to help and improve this situation but it is painfully slow.
Medical facilities and HIV/AIDS Clinics
In Kibera there are no government clinics or hospitals. The providers are the charitable organizations: AMREF, MSF, churches plus some others. They do a great job. All people are encouraged to have a free HIV test and if positive to take free generic ARV medicine.
Kibera needs land/tenancy rights, housing, water, electricity, health clinics, education, employment, security plus much more. All these issues are being addressed to a lesser or greater extent by many organizations including the Churches, UN-Habitat, MSF and AMREF etc. Money is finding its way through from many international organizations including Gates Foundation, Bill Clinton Foundation, all the well known charities and of course the churches both in Africa and internationally.
However, money cannot help without people to direct it – all the organizations require assistance. They all need intelligent, keen, willing, and compassionate people to help.
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