Disposing of any type of waste in Kibera is a huge challenge. Flying toilets, open sewers and informal housing density provide little opportunity and even less incentive to tackle what seems like an impossible problem. Dumping just out of site and open burning do little to mitigate as daily survival takes precedence over longer term environmental issues and general municipal disinterest.
Always a source of surprise, young Bonface (no relation) has motivated and created unexpected pockets of change and hope. Communal clean ups and joint strategies have seeded a new determination that small changes can have big impacts as Kibera residents pull together allowing environmental hope to birth longer term physical and mental health benefits.
Ever the optimist this young visionary is planning the planting of tree saplings in some of the cleared areas to improve air quality and quite literally “bringing life to the city”.