Tag Archives: Nairobi

2014 Lucie Award: Deeper Perspective

Thank you Photoawards.com for the Honorable Mention!

Kibera: A Slice of Heaven…see the highlights here…

Balancing Act

Wire Jump Rope

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

Read about it on Slate.com!

Balancing Act

I’m honored that Slate.com’s David Rosenberg handed me his card at the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Portfolio Review last month and asked me to contact him.  I quickly updated my website then shot him an email.  He sent me some really insightful questions regarding my Kibera project, which I proceeded to ponder while flying to a family event. His questions allowed me to clarify many things in my mind about the project I took on last July, in Nairobi, Kenya, with the Power of Hope Kibera.

Read about it here…

A Tree Falls into the Snake Pit…and OUT-TAKES from Kibera Shoots

While visiting the Nairobi National Museum and Snake House yesterday, a tree fell over, a large branch falling right into the open snake pit!  At first, when I heard the loud CRACK and CRASH, I ducked and hid behind a wall…you never know, right?  Then I shot a video and a panorama…

snake pit panorama

Thanks to my guesthouse peep, Maneesh, for suggesting the title of this post…

In closing my Africa chapter, I thought I’d post some out-takes, some images from ‘behind the scenes’…

Many thanks to Power of Hope Kibera (follow on Facebook) for this opportunity to travel to Kenya and document their wonderful project. There are many positive aspects to their work, but what really speaks to me is how it empowers the women and mothers of Kibera.  They are teaching their children and others about the importance of hygiene and then they are selling the home-made liquid soap: a win-win situation.

What would YOU do for clean hands?

I had a whole new blog post describing the WASH Festival in Kibera yesterday, with detailed descriptions of the various hygiene-related activities and photos to illustrate.  And I still might post that.


But at this moment I can’t get my mind off the children who eagerly lined up to patiently wait for their turn to use liquid soap, scrub for 20 seconds…then rinse…with water.  Such a simple task, yet so unreachable for so many people here.


Giraffe Tongues and Painted Faces

Kelly Fenson-Hood Okere  (Power of Hope Kibera) likes to take her special girls (and assorted others) on a day trip at least once during the summer.  Since the girls are in school during the week, we chose a Saturday to go to the Giraffe Center in Nairobi, a wildlife preserve with real live giraffes.  Feeding the animals  pellets was fun and a little scary, but it turns out that the face-painting was a more lasting experience.

Eyes are the Windows…

As I mentioned in the previous post, I am working as a documentary photographer for an NGO Power of Hope Kibera.  Kibera is the slum city right outside of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, in east Africa.

I took this opportunity for a number of reasons, the primary one being that I had recently lost my mother and felt that I needed a different perspective in my life.  My mother was, according to all who knew her,  generous and kind.  She had a special place in her heart for children, having been orphaned at a very young age herself.  So in a sense, I could say that I am doing this in honor of my mother.

Each day that I spend in the slum I am getting to know people better and better…and vice-versa!  It’s so cool to have them call me by name, hug me and kiss my cheeks.  The youngest children are less fearful of the white woman with the camera.  We will bring them prints a little later on, to show our appreciation.

I should say that we are also getting a lot of work done…building a storefront from which the women will sell liquid soap…video-taping simple water purification techniques, and the all-important hand-washing techniques.  More on that later.

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