15 October 2004Dear Friends of Kibera,
It’s been an eventful six months in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, when the government of Kenya had just completed a vast slum eradication program that resulted in the abrupt displacement of over 50,000 families. International and domestic pressure, to include a coalition of NGOs involving CFK, stopped these disastrous initiatives. However, violence over land disputes renewed this past September when mass rioting resulted in the torching of the area chief’s office and two deaths. A number of casualties of this violence were treated at our clinic.
Unfortunately, despite the rhetoric, few government resources have reached Kibera in the past year-and-a-half. Virtually all estimates now place the Kibera’s population between 1 and 1.4 million people. No government schools have been built in the slum. The price of water has increased 30% for residents, who on average pay twice as much for dirty water as Nairobi’s affluent elite pay for clean water.
In this challenging climate, CFK programs have continued to thrive thanks in no small part to our wide base of committed supporters in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. Our work brings light to thousands of Kibera residents and is a positive influence in difficult times. Some highlights are below. Thanks again for your interest in CFK.
Rye BarcottPresident, Carolina For Kibera, Inc.“Tujiunge tuangaze.”http://cfk.unc.edu
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