Help Rebuild the Kibera Slum
Team Member: April Young
Faith S wrote -
The Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya is the world's third largest slum and is home to approximately 2.5 million of some of Kenya's poorest residents. Kenyans living in this area typically live in 12 x 12 ft huts with mud walls with no running water, electricity, or even a proper sewage system. The outbreaks of water-borne diseases like typhoid and cholera are very real, and tribal warfare, drug and alcohol addiction, and unemployment are other serious problems that affect the lives of the people in the slum.
The Kibera Slum has been in existence for over 100 years with little change to improve the conditions the residents live in until recently. While some significant improvements have been made in the slum, change that tackles serious issues that perpetuate poverty in the area have been slow or nonexistent. Kibera needs more than just relief from the ailments of being in poverty; the locals need a complete restructuring of their communities to reduce and eliminate poverty altogether in the area. The residents also need to be at the center of creating this change.
That's where we come in. We're headed to the Kibera slum to empower residents to make lasting change to their communities, and we're starting by helping them build aquaponics systems at orphanages and schools. These aquaponics systems will give locals in Kibera access to a sustainable, continuous supply of fish and produce and is a key first step for them to begin to sustain themselves. Please help the people of Kibera by sending us over to Nairobi, Kenya so that we can pave the way for these aquaponics systems to be built. The funds will go towards our visas, flight and housing arrangements, and material to build the first system. Thank you for your help!
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