Kibera

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  • Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya
    • Population
      • 60% of population live in slums- over half in Kibera
    • Problems
      • v high densities mean people only have 1msq floor space each
      • over 100,000 children are orphans due to HIV/AIDS
      • home made from wood/ corrugated iron covered in mud
      • crime is high
      • police reluctant to enter
      • operators charge double the rate of a standpipe to supply water
      • However
        • community spirit
        • homes kept clean
        • visitors welcome
    • Environmental improvements
      • Practical Action developed low-cost roofing tiles. allows self-help progress
      • United Nations Habitat provided electricity for affordable price
      • 2 main water pipes
      • medical facilities provided by charities
      • gap year students encouraged to oversee spending
      • 2003- 15 year project by Kenyan government to rehouse residents of Kibera.
        • rehoused 770 families in 1st year. flats built with runny water, showers, electricity and toilets

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