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On My Way to Kibera!

I’m getting excited about my upcoming trip to Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya, leaving September 3, 2014, to continue my work with the Power of Hope Kibera (pohk.org).  Stay tuned for more adventures in hygiene and friendship.

Just to remind myself and everyone else what it’s like there, here’s a GoPro Video I shot last February…

http://youtu.be/PsltQeO-O2s (we enter the actual slum at minute 4:15)

The soap sellers' daughters enjoying some traditional chai and chapatis (in Kibera)

The soap sellers’ daughters enjoying some traditional chai and chapatis (in Kibera)

Read more about it on Slate.com…

also, see the entire portfolio on maureenruddyburkhart.com


Kibera: a Slice of Heaven

ATTENTION ALL YOU RE-BLOGGERS!  This work in Kibera is a result of an INVITATION by the Power of Hope Kibera (pohk.org), to be a guest documentarian.   POHK was started by RESIDENTS of Kibera, Chris and Sylvia Okere.  They invited me to Kibera because they loved my photography and they know me personally. We all want to make this a better place to live, to improve the quality of life here.  The photographs will hopefully assist with that, that is our goal. 

I know it might sound odd to refer to Africa’s 2nd largest slum as  a ‘slice of heaven’, but the term just came to mind when I was looking over the day’s photos.  Indeed, there was solemnity, but the joyous looks on so many faces was quite contagious.

I’m in Kenya as a project documentary photographer for an NGO Power of Hope: Kibera.  It’s basically a hygiene project that empowers poor women through soap-making and selling.  There’s also an important education component.  This project overlaps with another NGO named Global Washes.  These grassroots movements were begun by activist members of the Kibera community and are now nurtured and supported by a wider group of non-governmental organizations.  More on that later.

Today I’m just going to post images that really caught my eye and my heart too, I must say.

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I couldn’t resist this dad who kept balancing his 4 month old son, Dylan, on his hand!

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These two chickens were peacefully resting on the doorstep looking inward to their futures…the stove

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More balancing act…keeps them occupied and everyone else entertained…
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Keli Fenson-Hood Okere, co-pilot of Power of Hope…and my host in Kenya.IMG_5372 IMG_5377 IMG_5380 IMG_5381 IMG_5385This is a mission school in Kibera.  It’s very costly to send a child here and many of them are sponsored by individuals of means.  But these kids seem to love their school and the teachers keep some kind of magic control over their powerful energy…how DO they turn out such joyful little children?


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