Carolina for Kibera, Inc.

Run by Kenyans and advised by American and Kenyan volunteers, CFK's mission is to promote youth leadership and ethnic cooperation in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya through sports, young women's empowerment, and community development. Additionally, CFK works to improve basic healthcare, sanitation, and education in Kibera.
Dec 23, 2014

"What do you want others to know about Kibera?"

Sheryl, 14.
Sheryl, 14.

Everyone deserves a chance to create change in their own life and community. No one’s potential should be limited by where they live or where they were born.

Kiberan youth are hard at work doing just that—creating change—and they want people to know that the youth of Kibera are resilient and determined. We asked Sheryl (pictured above) what she wished others would know about her community. This is what she said:

"When you tell people about Kibera, they think it is dirty and that people are lazy. That's why people don't have much. But I would like them to know that girls, such as me, who live here have dreams and that we work really hard to change our community and our life to make it better. We just need support and opportunity."

Every day, adolescent girls like Sheryl grapple with complex issues that are unique to their circumstances living in a slum, including early marriage and pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and unequal access to education. But they know that by working together and supporting one another, they can empower themselves and their community.

They have faith in where they're going. They have faith in the future.

Nov 19, 2014

Helping Pregnant Mothers and Their Children Stay in Good Health

When women are pregnant or breastfeeding, their bodies use more energy since they are essentially keeping someone else alive in addition to themselves. As such, they require more nutrients in order to keep both them and their babies healthy.

That fact might sound normal or routine, if you have the privilege of education and access to a reputable medical facility. In Kibera, proper health information is hard to come by, as is quality medical care. For Kiberans, proper nutrition during pregnancy or lactation is a serious and delicate matter.

Through its Community Wellness Program, Carolina for Kibera strives to provide families throughout Kibera with correct health information about a variety of topics, including nutrition, sexual health, and family planning.

Recently, the program held a training session on proper nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The audience engaged with several issues, including how to make sure children are getting proper nutrients, do’s and don’ts of lactation, and other facets of maternal health. Sanitation and hygiene were also discussed, since the lack of sanitation in Kibera presents a constant threat to the well-being of mothers and young children.

Esther, CFK Nutritionist, provided insight into the work she does bringing malnourished children back to full health at the Lishe Bora Mtaani Nutrition Center. She provided first-hand examples of the day-to-day realities the staff at the Nutrition Center face as well as pragmatic solutions that help kids stay on track. Keeping kids healthy and well-nourished from the moment they’re born is a top priority for CFK staff and volunteers. By disseminating proper information to the community at large, CFK is working to ensure that pregnant mothers are prepared to help them and their children stay in good health.

Sep 30, 2014

Building Confidence through Photography

In CFK’s Daughters United program (Binti Pamoja in Swahili), girls are given opportunities to practice and develop artistic and professional skills that they wouldn’t have the chance to develop otherwise. These include dance, creative writing, leadership skills, and photography, among others. By practicing and improving these and other skills, girls build confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of community and safety with other girls who face similar challenges from living in Kibera.

Recently, Binti Pamoja held a photography workshop for those interested in learning how to take photos. Many of the girls in the program were very excited, since they don’t own cameras and never had the chance to take photos before.

25 girls between the ages of 12 and 15 participated in the general photography training, while 10 who showed a special interest in the subject got the chance to do a photo shoot at different locations throughout Kibera. Each group was given a different focus. For example, one pair of girls took photos of small businesses throughout Kibera, while other pairs took pictures of children and their surroundings. (You can see their photos below.)

The aim of the photo shoots was for the girls to discover, investigate, and write stories based on their photos. This writing assignment will be completed in November, during another Binti Pamoja workshop focusing on creative storytelling. We’re excited to share the completed stories with you then!

Inside a salon in Kibera
Inside a salon in Kibera
A vegetable seller
A vegetable seller's product for the day

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