More often than not it the simpler solutions that are the most effective. Kibera is at best notorious for unchecked levels of crime both petty and serious. The installation of ultra-high panoramic lighting stands illuminating some of the more troubled areas have had significant effects on the daily life of Kibera’s bustling residents. Both in government and anecdotal terms there is a tangible increase in confidence and decrease in crime.
Bringing light into the darkness just works…
That is providing the oversized lamps are connected to a reliable supply. A creaking power grid and frequent power outages negate some of the progress. In an effort to replenish the huge government spending pre-general election, power prices have soared and disagreements over apparently inflated bills are met with swift and lengthy disconnections.
The better resourced residents in nearby Nairobi respond with noisy local diesel alternators armed with auto kick in; acrid black diesel exhausts vie with the spoils of the evening Matatu commuters.