Life in the slum of Mathare, Nairobi

The living conditions there are unhygienic, harmful to people’s health and inhumane – but many of Nairobi’s inhabitants cannot afford better housing and therefore live cramped together with their families in small spaces. Under such circumstances, parents understandably have to set other priorities than investing in their children’s education. But education is indispensable for positive sustainable changes. Therefore, it is necessary and important to provide free access to education to these children and support them where their families cannot afford it. 

Even though the inhabitants of the slum of Mathare have built up their own community system in which they support each other and care for one another, no human being in this world should have to live under such circumstances – nobody would expose oneself to such conditions voluntarily.

We must and we can help.

4 million

people live in the capital city Nairobi.

60 percent

of them live in the informal settlements
(slums) of Nairobi.

2,5 m²

is the average living spacefor one
person in these areas.

4 million

Menschen wohnen in

Nairobi.

60 percent

von ihnen leben in den

Slums.

2,5 m²

Wohnfläche

stehen dabei im Schnitt einer Person zur Verfügung

Slums are informal settlements in which most people live in intolerable housing conditions. They lack fundamental facilities such as access to water and sanitation facilities, leading to increased health risks. The people are being economically neglected and socially excluded. (Source: UN-HABITAT)

Slums, auch genannt Elendsviertel, sind Siedlungen, in denen die meisten Menschen in unzumutbaren Unterkünften leben. Ihnen fehlen grundlegende Versorgungs-einrichtungen wie Zugang zu Wasser sowie sanitäre Einrichtungen, sodass sie erhöhten Gesundheitsrisiken ausgesetzt sind. Die Menschen werden wirtschaftlich vernachlässigt und gesellschaftlich ausgegrenzt. (Quelle: UN-HABITAT)