The Kibera Slums are tucked away in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya. The proximity of this slum filled with rusted metal roofed shacks to modern day wealth and prosperity is disturbing. While no one knows for sure the population of this “island of poverty” it is somewhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people living in approximately 3 square miles. The average monthly income is around 2645 KES (Kenyan Shillings) or approximately $26 US dollars per month. Waterborne disease runs rampant through the area as there are very few public toilets to satisfy the population. These people are forgotten but are in plain sight.
To remain “mission-true” and to share the love of God through the gift of clean, safe, drinking water. This would include using the bucket filter tool as an initial entry strategy and then providing follow up visitations that would facilitate deeper relational equity. This process would open the door for other like-minded organizations that would like to partner to start to provide other community transformation opportunities.
Current Scope of work:
While we have no way to know the exact population size, we have started our work in the village of Kianda (which all locals agree is the most densely populated of the 5 villages in Kibera). We started early in 2019 to send a team door to door making home assessments and have been collecting basic demographical data since then. With this strategy and data we can know for sure how many homes (and people) are inside the boundaries of Kianda. This will also tell us how accurate the public census data is.
Using this data we performed a filter distribution to the residents of Kianda Zone 1 (approx. 829 homes) in December of 2019 and we have started follow up visits with a local team. We now actively working in Kianda Zone 2 (approx. 2000 homes).
Costs for the Kibera Campaign:
We estimate that it will cost approximately $63-$65 to provide a bucket filter, anti-parasitic medicines, 3 follow up visits, and a bible for each family to provide 20+ years of clean, safe, drinking water. We see this as a nominal cost to build relational equity that will allow unfettered access to each and every families home and to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.