Please tell a story about a time when a person or organization tried to help someone or change something in your community:

Where Is Mathare Slums

Mathare is a slum area in Nairobi with a population of approximately 500,000 people.Mathare is reffered to as one of the oldest and worst slums in Africa.It is around 5km from Nairobi city centre. Worst,some describe or known it to be a place of crime,drugs,unemployment and prostitutes.Mostly there are no frequent visitors to Mathare because of the fear for high rate of crime.Only the residents who are well acquited with the corners always walk freely within. Few people are employed mostly as manpower in construction industries.Others are also work as security guards or watchmen while others engage in small businesses especially women sell vegetables,smoke fish and fruits.Mathare is generally very densely populated and housing is therefore is another problem affecting residents.


  • The organization most involved in what happened: No Answer

Story Attributes/Tags

  • This was an horrible story that I will remember forever
  • This story relates to security
  • This story relates to physical needs
  • This story relates to respect
  • I was affected by what happened in the story
  • What happened in the story relates to an ethnic group or tribe
  • What happened in the story relates to community, region, or country
  • What happened in the story relates to an organization

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About This Story

  • Gender of storyteller: Male
  • Age of storyteller: 22-30 years old
  • This story took place 2-6 months ago
  • Location: Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya
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