Gioto

I’ve been so flat out in the past three weeks that I’ve had little time to stop. We have had some incredible experiences. Both in stomach turning ways too total pleasure. It’s a country that has extremes that often sit right next to each other. Kenya can push all of your inner limits, challenge your perspectives and provide a new way of seeing the world. Three weekends ago we visited a community that literally live on a garbage dump. Locally the slum is called the Gioto Garbage Slum, the dump is on route to one of Kenyas most prestigious national parks, Lake Nakuru. And from the entrance, the view stretches over the Nakuru city skyline, Lake Nakuru National Park and Gioto Garbage dump. Some things in life, are so questionable, that to even understand the reason for the very existence of some places, is beyond what you can understand. But this place exists, and the level of poverty is unlike anything, I have ever seen. To begin to even stomach walking through garbage, literally by finding places to step without sinking into layers of garbage, passing herds of pigs eating fresh finds, seeing garbage trucks drive past, emptying their contents, and then young people hovering over to eat the food remains, that have been dumped. These kind of slums exist in a few countries in the developing world, but to actually visit one, is like nothing you can imagine. While we were there we meet an elderly couple in their shack. The compound was made of old bags, salvaged dump materials and anything else they had found. Entering their living room, an Orange (mobile network) small square poster greeted us with, ‘welcome’. On the main wall a picture of a perfect house with white picket fence hung centrally. Shaking the grandfathers old crusty hands, his weary body eked of tiredness and gravity and his old eyes smiled us into his home. There are many questions, and the frustration is, that poverty traps so many people, and this is such a reality for so many people in Africa. In this slum, HIV is rampant, crime and child abuse is prolific and there are 300 orphans. I don’t know where you start in a place like this, but my friends through Fadhili Community, have started. They have established a NGO in Kenya and are working to get children into boarding school. They have plans for a HIV orphanage and are working with local authorities to see something happen for these children. Find out more on their work through this link http://www.garbageslum.org

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