Soccer, Scars and the Monkey in the car…

Sixty soccer coaches congregating on scrub land belonging to the ironically  juxtapositioned Kenyan Scout ground can give the illusion that the sprawling urban chaos that is Kibera is some distance away. Such is the proximity of Kibera that a lengthy concrete perimeter security wall has been constructed, emphasising the economic chasm and social divide. TheContinue reading “Soccer, Scars and the Monkey in the car…”

Two Pistols and a Fake Uniform…

Crime rates in Kibera are unsurprisingly high although the gathering and collating of any useful and relevant data is fickle as government activity is noticeable by its absence unless an election is imminent. Police presence is practically non-existent. Low paid and overstretched, interfering with the complexities of Kibera can be hazardous and is often leftContinue reading “Two Pistols and a Fake Uniform…”

Moving a River…

Informal housing settlements are just that. The dynamism and the darker elements of an unregulated heavily loaded land-market, a million or so souls who live hand to mouth in the illusion of trickledown economics and the irresistible urban pull-factors of the Nairobi capital conspire unrelentingly to the DNA of Kibera. Partly constrained by government policyContinue reading “Moving a River…”

Underground Overground…

With minimal warning government plant has unceremoniously razed to zero scores of the tin shack dwellings to excavate a two metre diameter trench along the slum perimeter outlined by the foul water stream.  Flying toilets, (excrement in a bag, centrifugally launched post use) is the preferred method of waste disposal as visiting the few pay-as-you-goContinue reading “Underground Overground…”

Toothpaste…

The finer points of the community health care (CHC) training can, on the surface seem mundane and obvious and although gaps in knowledge and understanding are unpredictable and astonishing it is the application that presents the challenge. Couple this with ‘traditional’ knowledge, the witch doctor and ‘mother knows best’, progress can be asthmatic at timesContinue reading “Toothpaste…”

Beautiful Intentions…

The recent whiff of alleged financial impropriety and questionable integrity clearly does not limit itself to the upper echelons of English soccer. The demand for the Kibera football academy for coaches was outstripping supply and meaningful progression under the capable boots of our UK trainers. Rumours abounded of personal financial interest and darker motives by theContinue reading “Beautiful Intentions…”

The Number Games.

Subject overview matrices, lesson planning, development and learning outcome assessments are in integral and important part of ensuring consistency and quality of delivery and learning in any teaching environment. Predicting the likely turnout in Kibera across the three teaching streams is a conundrum of Rubik proportions. The micro enterprise development team forged on valiantly withContinue reading “The Number Games.”

The Wifi Revolution…

Public services and useable utilities in Kibera are patchy at best and realistically none existent for most. Africa’s largest ‘informal settlement’ is acknowledged in part as a source of economic labour for the Nairobi metropolis, and as a persistent migraine by the overstretched authorities. Ignore it long enough and it might go away. The recentContinue reading “The Wifi Revolution…”