Contact
Streaming
Map
 
Enriching lives

Slumming It

Home » News » Slumming It
AMC Kawangware 2
AMC Kawangware slum

When I visited the Kawangware slum for the first time, what I saw as we drove towards the project really shocked me to the core. I expected to see poverty but was still surprised at what it was like. The roads became nearly unusable, and the quality of the houses decreased so quickly from the richer district to the slum, there are no words to describe the degree of difference.
Once we reached the Karibuni project itself, a gated area with a few buildings inside, the difference was unbelievable. I can only describe it as an oasis, a wide open courtyard with enough room to have a tree! That might not sound like much but the Kawangware slum is so short on space everywhere else that this one tree seemed worlds apart from the surrounding shacks and alleys. The area even had gravel underfoot which made a change to the mud damp with the foul water that made the streets of Kawangware.
As we had driven in, the looks we received ranged from utter indifference as the people went about their daily work, to complete bewilderment at seeing a Mzungu (white person) in the slums. It's not that they've never seen a white person, Nairobi has several expats from the UK, just that it is very rare to see a white person in the slums.
Something that I've noticed having walked through Kawangware a few times now is that when the people here say it used to be worse and more of a slum, I can fully understand how. Despite my first impression the people here for the most part do have some form of employment, not too many are ill and conditions are generally improving.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Thought For
Arthur Sara: Mon 18 Jan 5:00am

This week, we look at the prophet Amos. Arthur begins with a lament from Amos 5:1-7.and its message for us today.A Lament and Call to Repentance1 Hear this word, Israel, this lament I take up concerning you: 2 "Fallen is Virgin Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land, with no one to lift her up." 3 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to Israel: "Your city that...

Thought For
Rev. Richard Atkinson: Sat 16 Jan 5:00am

Richard reflects on aspects of this passage about the angelic visitor that Paul speaks of in Acts 12:1-18.Peter's Miraculous Escape From Prison1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he...

Thought For
Ken Harris: Fri 15 Jan 5:00am

Cornelius and the account of him in Acts 10:1-47, is Ken's topic today.Cornelius Calls for Peter1 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly...