Stories: Kibera

  • Kibera, La Ciudad Sin Nombre

    Un grupo de japoneses cruza las vías del Uganda Railway Line, que atraviesa Kibera, el mayor suburbio de Nairobi y de África, y asciende por la cuesta jalonada de chabolas. Algunos llevan paraguas para protegerse del sol; otros, botas de agua para cuidar los pies de todo mal. Van de excursión o prospección...

  • Community Approach to Youth Development and Reproductive Health

    Visit to Kibera, Africa’s Largest Slum On our first day in Kenya, IRP's group of eleven international bloggers drove five kilometres from the city-centre of Nairobi to Kibera. The purpose: tour the slum, meet with community outreach groups working on sanitation and youth empowerment, visit families struggling with poverty, look at their access to family planning and...

  • Women’s Health and How Needs Are Being Met

    Julia Manning travelled to Kenya in June with the International Reporting Project from Johns Hopkins funded by the Gates Foundation. The aim was to look at aspects of women's health and how needs are being met. The abject poverty of the millions living in rural and city slums was shocking with few public health amenities of clean water or...

  • The Cost of “Free”

    I have often heard over the past seven days that a particular service would be “free.” Elementary school is, of course, “free.” Even contraceptives. But whenever I’ve spoken to people who are dependent on a service, particularly because it is free of charge, a different picture is painted. “I can’t send...

  • What Am I Actually Doing Here?

    Sunday: I sit at the airport in Zürich. There is still one hour until our flight departs to Nairobi. Next to me is a group of young women, perhaps 18 to 20 years old. Americans. I quickly realize that they will be taking the same flight, but will continue on to Dar es-Salaam. Before I can ask myself what they...

  • How Are You?

    Expecting social, political and economic degradation in an African slum is akin to saying it’s wet when it rains. Everyone knows the continent is the poorest, most abused, and most underdeveloped on the planet. But Kibera, the largest sub-Saharan slum, embedded in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, frightens even the most prepared visitors. It is a hell under...

  • Staying Healthy in Africa’s Largest Slum

    The International Reporting Project (IRP) is traveling in Kenya with a group of 11 influential bloggers from around the world, examining reproductive health issues in that East African country. On the trip, they will see a cross-section of Kenyan life. The bloggers began with a visit to Kibera, one of the largest slums in the world, on their first full...

  • A Stroll Through Africa’s Largest and Poorest Slum

    I arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, around midnight of Sunday, June 17, 2012. A few hours later I was headed for Africa’s most talked-about slum in company of other bloggers from around the world. Kenya and Nigeria share a lot in common, politically and socially, and I was hoping to use the opportunity of the trip put together by the...

  • Kenya’s Kibera Slum

    The International Reporting Project took us to the Kibera slum today. Everyone here says it's the largest slum in the world (though Wikipedia says it's third), and we heard presentations from youth groups, Doctors Without Borders, and others. We also broke into small groups and interviewed families, about half of whom were HIV positive. We were free...

  • Crowded House: Living and Dreaming in Kibera

    Breakfast at Lord Delamere Terrace at Nairobi's historic Norfolk Hotel is delightfully charming. Named after the eccentric British colonialist Lord Delamere (1870-1931) who infamously jumped his horse over dining tables on a whim one summer, the gabled hotel -- since it was set up in 1904 -- has been a hub for settlers and adventurers out to explore east Africa. ...