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). You will visit a factory in the heart of the slum that uses left over bones from local butchers and crafts these as part of objects that are sold to generate income.
This tour has been specially designed to ensure that participants can interact on a one-to-one basis with school children in Kibera, facilitating a deeper understanding of the local culture and challenges. Rather than being a tour that focuses on adversity, this experience is created to inspire empathy, positivity and foster real connections. Instead of being a passive tour, the experience encourages children to be active participants finding solutions for the future.