The current pandemic has temporarily curtailed team visits from the UK, but that doesn't mean all activities have stopped; in fact, they've stepped up a gear because of community feeding initiatives. Our regular projects are largely progressing and continue to be supported by the UK team, albeit remotely. Check out our blog pages and our New Community Kibera Facebook page to keep up with current activities.
Tempted to come? Our last team trip to Kibera from the UK was 28th January 2020 - 5th February 2020 where our focus was on micro-enterprise and education.
Our next UK Team trip was to be in April 2020 but did not take place due to the current pandemic however we are hopeful that we can go in the spring of 2021.
Even if there's only a small chance of you participating in this or a future trip or contributing in another way, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to start a conversation. It doesn't commit you to anything at this stage, but who knows where it may lead?
The New Community Kibera Project is a partnership between local Kenyan volunteers and volunteers from the UK. Together we aim to resource and fund a number of projects aimed to deliver sustainable improvement of the quality of life for people who's home and local community is the Kibera slum.
Kibera is an area of Nairobi, Kenya and is thought to be the largest slum in Africa, as well as one of the largest slums in the world. Population estimates for Kibera vary widely between 170,000 and 1.5 million, depending on the source.
The majority of Kibera’s population live in small, rented mud shacks with corrugated tin roofs. There is very little infrastructure in the area; clean water is sold at an inflated price by private sellers, access to electricity is very limited, and the lack of toilets and sewage systems means that the streets are strewn with human waste, as well as refuse. Medical and educational facilities are also extremely limited, and what is available is generally supplied by charitable organisations.
Poverty is a key issue in Kibera, where there is an unemployment rate of about 50%, and where many of those who are employed are in relatively unskilled, poorly paid jobs. The cost of living in Kibera is relatively expensive (as in other slums). The majority of those in these informal settlements don’t have a steady source of income and many work as casual labourers in the surrounding factories where they earn about 200 Kenyan Shillings (£1.50) per day.
Malnutrition, disease, alcohol and substance abuse, prostitution and violence are also all issues that heavily affect the people of Kibera, largely resulting from the poor living conditions in the region.
The New Community Kibera Project aims to serve the needs of the local people living in Kibera. We do this by supporting health, educational and micro-finance projects that are taking place in the area, and place an emphasis on practical development
Importantly, The New Community Kibera Project seeks to foster independence, not dependence, for the people in the area. This is achieved by connecting and developing partnerships between local people and the UK, as well as by enabling them through the sustainable sharing of resources and ideas.
Video interview: Questions about life in Kibera from UK's Testwood School's Year 10 Geography Department.
We work both alongside people in person and also via the World Wide Web; working closely with local community groups in Kibera and in addition partnering with other charitable organisations operating in the area.
We do not discriminate and work with all genders, all ages, all faiths, and people of no faith.