· One hour, live, interactive guided tour from Kibera which can be accessed from home.
· Includes an exploration of day-to-day life in the slums and its many positive stories.
· Special Christmas tree at a children’s home with your personalised messages on it.
· Live distribution of Christmas gifts for every child at the home personalised on your behalf.
This is a unique virtual tour that celebrates the spirit of Christmas and brings the world closer. On this tour we will take you to Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. You will learn about day-to-day life in the slums and also hear many stories of positivity despite all the challenges. More importantly, you will make a positive impact with this tour as we will be setting up and decorating a Christmas tree at a Children’s home in the slum.
Every participating member will be able to send a personalised message which will be adorned on the special Christmas tree. This tour will also enable every child at the home to get a Christmas gift personalised in your name. Globe From Home’s presenter in Kibera, will distribute the gifts, live, to the children while on the zoom tour so you can watch the joy they bring.
Rather than being a tour that focuses on adversity, this experience is created to inspire empathy, positivity and foster real connections.
Located 4 miles from the city centre of Nairobi, Kibera is the largest urban slum in Africa and the third largest in the world. Housing nearly 200,000 dwellers, Kibera is an eco-system teeming with life and holds important life lesson for the world, and especially children.
This tour is a celebration of the life and the positive stories that come out of Kibera despite the fact that most residents live in extreme poverty and earn less than $1 a day. Residents live in 12ft x 12ft shacks which house up to 8 people. The slums have no toilets, and until recently had no access to clean water. (Now the slums have two water lines- one from the municipal council and one from the World Bank, and residents collect water at rationed times). There are few schools, and most people cannot afford education for their children. The only hospitals that service Kibera are run by charitable organisations.
Despite all these challenges, Kiberans have evolved to adapt to life. Children and youngsters find entertainment in music and sports. Residents find means of commerce and livelihood.
Luke Kagose, who grew up in Kibera and pursued an education in eco-tourism, has been involved with aid work for providing opportunities for children.
On this tour, Luke will give you first-hand insight into day to day life in the slums. You will meet locals and learn more about their lives. You will see the Ugandan railway line that runs through the slums which has played a part in the origin of Kibera. (In the early part of the 20th century, the British government gave Kenyan soldiers in its regional army the right to live on public land near the railway tracks, leading to the creation of Kibera).
Tour Date & Time:
Tuesday 22nd December, 2.00 pm GMT