Kibera is Africa’s second biggest township. Located 5 Km from Nairobi's city center, Kibera holds between half to 1 million people, most of which live in dire conditions, lacking basic needs such as drinking water or electricity. Growing up in such a challenging setting, education is the only chance that the children have to improve their future.
This series was taken at an elementary school located inside this community. Spending one day within these classrooms, the goal was to depict an everyday story in these children’s' lives at school. Classrooms here are falling apart & lack basic needs. The staff does their best with what they have, offering the children a safe and comfortable teaching environment. A tremendous amount of care and devotion goes onto the children who are deprived of a healthy life and have very little chance to find a way out of extreme poverty. In a place where 1 out of 5 children do not live to see their fifth birthday, it is breathtaking to feel the amount of positive energy, drive and love among the children.
Kibera has a population of over one million and covers 1% of Nairobi's land area, yet houses 25% of the city's population. Children who have a chance to goto school here are very fortunate.There are many challenges facing the children living in Kibera. Walking in the streets after dark can be very dangerous as crime is a major issue here.Playing children during break time.Students must sit through the day in extreme hot tempertatures as classrooms have no cooling system.A typical day in physics class. Each class holds about 40 students. There is a very strong feeling of community between the students.Children listen attentively during history class. It is remarkable, the interest these children have in learning.A strong vibrance can be felt in the classrooms. These children have a special curiosity and are very keen to learn new things.Journalism students during a photography workshop.In the courtyard, math formulas adorn the walls.Adila, retouching her photos during a photography workshop. She wants to be a journalist when she's older and expose her countries beauties to the world.A strong vibrance can be felt in the classrooms. These children have a special curiosity and are very keen to learn new things.A strong vibrance can be felt in the classrooms. These children have a special curiosity and are very keen to learn new things.The school kitchen, where this woman prepares Ugali every day using these gigantic cooking pots.Playing children during break time.The state of some of the classrooms are atrocious. Wooden splinters and holes adorn the rooms walls and ceilings.These classrooms are in dire need of rennovation, with walls and ceilings caving in, making it dangerous for children to study here.Messages are painted outside of classroom walls with messages supporting basic human rights and justice. Education is the answer.A student skipping his way to class.