Childhood in the slums

October,10th is a national holiday in Kenya. Today, there is no school. It has rained last night. The small pathways are muddy, when I walk through the Mukuru slums today to visit my friends. There are many children around the shops and in the front of small huts. What they do? They look out for…

Partnering and a beauty salon in the slums contributing to sustainability

Sometimes just sitting together and exchanging experiences from NGO and Business backgrounds is really helpful. If we start working together not only in and for concrete projects with the target groups, but exchange knowledge also on our daily challenges, it creates a lot of impact – and a win to everyone. That’s what happened two…

Ever seen a small paradise in the slums in Eldoret?

It’s very busy today in Langas, the second largest slum in Kenya. Here in Eldoret is market day today. At the right and left along the main roads in Langas an uncountable number of vendors offer a bit of everything. It seems that people join the main roads coming “out of nothing”: Small doors in…

A welcome dance by elderly women in Langas slum, Eldoret, Kenya

It was a very emotional day today. A day where we met children and elderly women in the center of Solwodi (a non- governmental organization) in the slums of Langas in Eldoret, Kenya. When we arrived we were welcomed by the women in tribal clothes and a real nice dance: Have a look here (video,…

Kicking out diabetes in the Langas slum of Eldoret

Kicking out diabetes – under the umbrella of Making More Health we engage in the Langas slum in Eldoret, Kenya. MMH peers are educated to raise awareness about diabetes when soccer teams play. The number of non communicable diseases is raising everywhere in a very obvious and dramatic way. But knowledge and treatment, esp in…

When students collaborate with my friends in the slums of Nairobi…

Francis Gikufu and his team are doing a lot in the slums of Nairobi to empower young people – through teaching them about filming, theater play and staying together in a community. We are running a hackathon with Nairobi’s students to develop social entrepreneurial ideas and hygiene programs for Slum habitants. Instead of doing it…

Small surprises can have a huge effect

Francis Gikufu, a young social entrepreneur, is very active in training young people in the slums on many health topics, self- awareness and self-confidence. He has set up the Mukuru Angaza Film Academy where the youth wants to give positive examples of life and share it with others. Because positive attitude and examples are encouraging…