Whipping the Dog…

In common with the International scout ground, the private Moi Girls boarding school ground shares part of its boundary with the sprawling unplanned metropolis of Kibera.  For the most part this is not regarded as a problem as rigorous fencing and 24 hour manned security protects and maintains the inequalities and the status quo.  WhilstContinue reading “Whipping the Dog…”

Growing Pains…

Settling into the ‘Emirates’ Hope School building has not been without its challenges. Requisite construction techniques outpace the realisation; the deviation from original concept and design resulted in an internal latrine waste pipe terminating stubbornly in solid concrete. Releasing and rerouting the malodorous contents using pick axes were no impediment to teaching and learning. NorContinue reading “Growing Pains…”

The Bijou Barber…

Formal employment rates in Kibera are predictably miniscule and the near zero government support necessitates entrepreneurial activity just to survive. Whilst the proximity of the Nairobi Metropolis provides an unsteady demand for low-skill low-cost labour, the slum businesses are stunted by nano-access to reasonably priced credit from the formal institutions whilst the ‘Shylock’ lenders back-fillContinue reading “The Bijou Barber…”

The Red Cross and Will’s House…

Nuzzling the putrid river boundaries of the informal Kibera chaotic sprawl are a good number of modest land plots on government 99 year leases being sold to the bolder developers and entrepreneurs.  The relatively high land prices forces builds skywards, testing rudimentary concrete moulding skills, bamboo scaffolding and the laws of physics way beyond theContinue reading “The Red Cross and Will’s House…”

Bridging the Rains…

The sprawling informal settlements associated with mega cities in developing economies by their very nature pay little attention to government regulation or planning requirements. They do however, regimentally and consistently conform to geographical paradigms and theory with alarming accuracy and character. Burgeoning developing capital cites require a minimal cost and a flexible labour force; lotsContinue reading “Bridging the Rains…”

Is Anyone Listening?…

By any standards Solent NHS Trust’s well respected and beautifully crafted Emotional First Aid (Peer Mentoring) programme is a winner. Balanced and interactive sessions with clear learning outcomes, supported by graphically perfected designer teaching materials in a comfortable and safe training environment; the course allows the learner to inwardly explore, develop, progress and reach outContinue reading “Is Anyone Listening?…”

Schooling From the Skies…

Launching a fledgling primary school from scratch on the edge of Kibera is no mean feat. From tiny beginnings residing in the corner of ICA’s community centre with volunteer staff and virtually no equipment; Demand for places at Hope School has rapidly outpaced physical capacity. Entirely unconnected, Emirates Airlines had sponsored the construction of aContinue reading “Schooling From the Skies…”