How we solve a social problem in Kibera

A little about Kibera

Kibera is one the largest slums in the world. According to The World Population Review 2019, Kibera houses approximately 250,000 of the 2.5 million slum dwellers in the city of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. It is also noted that most people in Kibera live on less than $1 per day and HIV is rampant. Kibera also has shortage of clean water and education, and in addition to these problems, sexual abuse like rape and other assaults are common. Another challenge that has really affected Kibera is the destroying of the slum in an effort to build new roads in the area to reduce traffic congestion, and this destruction for construction suddenly displaced numerous residents in the area.

 According to the CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute Report of 2015) in determining what problems face youth in Kibera based on the survey sample from five villages, most respondents (26.6%) mentioned unemployment as their main problem, 15.2% mentioned drug abuse, 12.5% said lack of education while crime and insecurity together were mentioned by 12.4% of the respondents as a problem facing youth in the slum. Young people in Kibera are usually prone to violence and idleness at a very tender age. Many indulge in drugs, gender-based violence, theft, and armed robbery, and this usually leads to chaos within the communities.

Violence in Kibera (Picture: Courtesy)

The major problem of the youth

Many youth in Kibera are not ready to grab the opportunities that come to them in life. Our experience with the young people having started training them in late 2016, We have discovered one thing that has really detained the youth in disengagement and that which makes them vulnerable to anything they think can help them most of which are temporary and not satisfying. Many youth have robbed themselves of self-worth and dignity and have settled for less than who they are resulting in having no hope or purpose for their life. Living a life without a sense of direction, a life of violence and abuse, and thinking that they are outcasts and seen as troublemakers, they are eventually rejected by society because they have rejected themselves.

What we are offering

The issue of youth illiteracy (lack of education and therefore lack of skills) that leads to unemployment is not only a social but an international problem. Many youth in slums are in drugs, robbery and other social evils (though they have a greater potential for success in life). Many of them end up in gangs and other crimes. 

Giving them computer and life skills, there is hope that they will come out of their comfort zones, drugs and these social evils that have affected them, pressed and kept them from their true identities and success in life.

Training the youth and giving them hope ensures the youth becomes a better person because their thinking is changed and opportunities for raising their life standards are everywhere for them to grab. By giving them skills that help create employment for them starting with designing and marketing of websites for businesses and companies, being employed in web marketing companies and other computer related jobs.