Kibera, did you know?
There are approximately 1.2 million slum dwellers in Kibera, an area of 1.5 square miles. Seventy-five percent of the population of Kibera are under the age of 18 and over 100,000 children living here are orphaned. It is the largest slum in Africa and is plagued by poverty, corruption, violence and contagious diseases due to environmental pollution.
The government owns all the land. Ten percent of people are shack owners while the rest are tenants with no rights. The average size of a shack in this area is 12ft x 12ft built with mud walls, screened with concrete, a corrugated tin roof, dirt or concrete floor. These shacks often house up to 8 or more, many sleeping on the floor. Only about 20% of all Kibera has electricity. The shacks do not.
Until recently Kibera had no water and it had to be collected from the Nairobi Dam. The dam water is not clean and causes typhoid and cholera. Now there are two water mains leading into Kibera and water is sold to residents who can pay for it. Many residents set up buckets to collect rainwater from their roof when it rains, the hazards of this are too many to mention; the water is highly contaminated.
In most of Kibera there are no toilet facilities. One latrine (hole in the ground) is shared by up to 50 shacks. Once full, young boys are employed to empty – they take the contents to the river. UN-Habitat and a few other agencies are trying to help and improve this situation, but it is painfully slow. Most sewage runs downhill in open trenches, resulting in stagnation and pooling problems that breed insects and many contagious diseases.
Witness The Love In Action
Who We Are
Kenya Lend a Hand is made up of caring friends who promote self-sufficiency of families in Kibera, Africa by championing children and young mothers with necessities like food, clothes, and personal care items.
We maintain our organizational integrity through transparent operations coupled with a unique methodology for providing necessities directly to intended recipients. Kenya Lend a Hand is an organization that bridges the gap between compassion and desperate need.
We work directly with AGAPE Hope For Kibera, a children’s development center located in the township of Kibera near Nairobi, Kenya. The center provides goods and services for 60 impoverished children who depend heavily on subsidies not provided elsewhere. The center relies on donations of food, clothes, and learning supplies of which they rarely have enough. AGAPE Hope for Kibera provides an unaccredited learning environment, meals, clothes, and auxiliaries structured to assist young mothers and the elderly…
How you can help
KLAH Think Tank Solutions Virtual Volunteer Program
100 percent of those interested in volunteering are given the opportunity through KLAH’s Think Tank Solutions program. Realtime projects are identified, defined, divided and completed.
KLaH uses this process to expedite outcomes and insures that our toddlers in Kibera are considered by caregivers and philanthropists who offer charitable services. It’s an innovative way to engage likeminded people who want to see tangible results from their contributions.
Simply complete the volunteer form and we’ll email you the current Think Tank Solutions projects! Global engagement produces global solutions! Join us! Kenya Lend a Hand.
BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR
Help us help the children of Kibera by becoming a sponsor. $240 sponsors a child at the AGAPE Hope for Kibera for a year; $120 sponsors a child
BECOME A HUMANITARIAN PARTNER
Actively initiate change for the children living in Kibera by liking our Facebook page to bring global attention to children suffering in the Kibera slum.