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Kibera (Nubian: Forest or Jungle) is a neighbourhood of Nairobi, Kenya. It is the largest of Nairobi’s slums, and the second largest urban slum in Africa, with an estimated population of between 600,000 and 1.2 million inhabitants. The slum is located roughly 5 kilometers southwest of the city centre of Nairobi. Encompassing an area of 2.5 square kilometers, Kibera accounts for less than 1% of Nairobi’s total area, but holds more than a quarter of its population, at an estimated density of 2000 persons per hectare. The neighborhood is divided into a number of villages, including Kianda, Soweto, Gatwekera, Kisumu Ndogo, Lindi, Laini Saba, Siranga/Undugu, Makina and Mashimoni
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Kibera, East Africa’s largest slum and home to over one million Kenyans. Recently visited by President Obama, PM Gordon Brown, and UN Sect General Ban Ki Moon, Kibera is the subject of countless UN programs targeting poverty, health, infrastructure, women’s rights, and education. During the 2008 Kenyan post-election violence, the community became an epicenter of activism, exacerbating political and tribal rifts in an otherwise peaceful area. The novel and 2005 film, The Constant Gardener, also popularized Kibera’s health and political issues. Despite its problems, Kibera has a unique charm among the 42 tribes and various religions that peacefully co-exist in the 2.5 sq. km. area. How are you? go the endless greetings you will hear from children eager to meet outsiders. Kibera is a fascinating place with raw eye-opening, yet encouraging experiences. Explore Kibera by engaging with our local guides to understand the work within the community.
Our safe walking tours are for open-minded travelers and aimed at solely benefiting Kibera by hiring local staff, supporting local development projects, and bringing a stream of demand to local artisans. We believe in enriching the community through awareness. When you tour with us you will:
Interract with the inhabitants and Support an otherwise closed economy
Understand the work of community based organizations
Learn about available volunteer opportunities
Challenge stereotypes and open your eyes beyond the comfort zone of many