The Kibera Slums

Jan and Paul recommended that I take the tour of the Kibera Slums, and as Lois was keen also, we set off to meet the guides. It was a walking tour, costing US$25, our guides being Frankie and Bennie.

ABOVE and BELOW: Strolling through the Kibera outdoor market. Note the condition of the "street"and "footpath".

Above: Spuds, anyone? And MUCH cheaper than in Tassie, too, at only 20cents per kg.

Above: buckets of charcoal, the main cooking fuel in the slums, and most of Africa, for that matter.

Above: Dried sardines. The stench was dreadful!

Above: Bike repairs and Below: a hairdressing salon.

Above: a timber merchant's shop and Below: a cafe.

Above: Got a puncture?? Below: Need pretty coloured lino?

Above: This scrawny-necked chook was scrounging around and decided the bag held something good, so started pecking. Below: Nice new furniture displayed out in the open. I presume the gas burners and cylinder aren't included?

Above: Corn cobs just cooked, everyone. Below: A curious little girl, peeping at us.

Above: This is Pamela, the director of KHARSIP, the Kibera HIV/AIDS Rehabilitation and Supporting Income Program. We stopped here and heard of the good work being done in this program, getting HIV/AIDS ladies back into earning income and being productive. We were able to speak with two HIV/AIDS ladies who were there to share their stories with us. These ladies make jewellery and other artifacts for sale, so we all purchased some little items, to help them.

Above and Below: We came across these little school children outside their school. They were not shy in running forward to have their photos taken! They were really cute, and so happy and friendly, and looked lovely in their mauve and purple uniforms.

Above: Charcoal braziers for cooking. Below: A shy little girl

Above: Adobe walls in a narrow laneway. Below: a nasty, slushy, rubbish filled, steep track we had to follow to get to the Bio-Centre

Above: A group of children down below the Bio-Centre. Below: The sign for the Bio-Centre. The centre consists of public toilets and showers for the slum dwellers (who live a family to one room) and the waste is converted into energy for the slum dwellings. Above the ablutions is a round communal meeting hall, with no windows, so we were able to look out over the slum area to the Govt built apartments beyond, which, once tenanted, were handed over to private enterprise who immediately upped the rents! This project was considered a failure, as those who were moved there were no longer with their extended familes in the slums below.

Above: I love this photo!! Below: Three sisters.

Above: This little girl was soooooo shy! Love the hair-do!

Above: The social conscience at work? Below: A childcare facility

Above and below: Then we visited the Bone Factory. Here bones are collected from the slaughterhouse before going through a complex process of cleaning, filing, decoration and polishing, before being made into artifacts, including jewellery etc. Fascinating, really, the way everything can be converted into saleable items.Naturally, we were shepherded into the "showroom" to make our purchases. This project assists the youth of Kibera.

Above: No wood delivery trucks here, mate! Carry it yourself - on your head.

Above and Below: Next we visited an orphanage. The kids were wonderful, happy and content. Their little shoes were neatly (relatively) left outside the door, although we were allowed to keep ours on.

Above: Our guide, Frankie . Below: An alleyway through which we had to walk on our way out of the slums.

Above: An upmarket BMW and Mercedes Benz dealership?? Below: A well farkled local bike. The owner wasn't too keen to have me photograph it, but relented once Frankie spoke with him and told him I had a bike.

Above: Secondhand clothes, anyone? Most of the clothing for sale in the markets here is secondhand, but we saw this massive collection of bagsful just as we were finishing the tour.

It was a really confronting tour through the livestyles of people who have so little. But they are working towards bettering themselves. It makes one think just how well off we in the western, developed world are compared to these people.

The tour fee is apportioned out to the places we visited - KHARSIP, the Bone Factory, the Bio-Centre and the orphanage. The guides are volunteers, so we had to tip them, of course.

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