CSG Kibera

Community Support Group (CSG) is a volunteer group of dedicated and focused individuals, committed to supporting community development in the Kibera Slums of Nairobi by pooling resources. The group is politically neutral and non-segregative.

Get Involved! Kibera resident? Would like to get involved? Visit our office at Stall 580, Makina Market, Kibera. Or visit our Conact page here.

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READ! CSG Newsletter 'Focus on Us' Issue 2 now available! Click here to download in Microsoft word. Or go to our Newsletter Archives page to access the first two editions of our newseletter. Conact staff member Winifred Esther to sign up for future newsletters.

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What is Kibera?

Basic Information

    The Kibera Slums, an area 5 Kilometers Southwest of City Centre Nairobi, is the most populated informal settlement in East Africa, housing more than one quarter of Naitobi’s population. The name ‘Kibera’ is a Nubian word for ‘forest.’ The original settlers were Sudanese soldiers who settled there after fighting for the British in World War One.

    Kibera is divided into ten official villages, each with its own Village Elder. They are: Kianda, Soweto, Gatwekera, Kisumu Ndogo, Lindi, Laini Saba, Siranga/ Undugu, Makina, Mashimoni and Raila. These villages, excluding Raila, rest on the northern half of the valley east of the Nairobi Dam.

    Kibera is roughly 2 Kilometres squared with an estimated population of 1 million people. There are no residential buildings over a single storey. The average home size in Kibera is 3 meters by 3 meters, with an average of five persons per dwelling. Urban services such as water or sanitation are minimal. There is an average of one pit latrine for every 50 to 500 people.

    Drinking water is pumped through plastic pipes, alongside sewage trenches, to standpipes. These trenches carry refuse and human waste to the river at the base of the valley. The river then runs into Nairobi Dam. Both the river and the dam are used for recreation (e.g. swimming) and resource (e.g. bathing; clothes washing). The plastic pipes are brittle and exposed, often breaking, to be repaired with little care for sanitation. That is, these pipes are jammed or taped back together often without being cleaned, creating suitable habitat for water-borne diseases like cholera and typhoid.

    Health Services and Sexual Education are minimal. Fifty-Four percent of people living in urban areas in Kenya are either HIV positive or have AIDS.

    However, despite the demanding lifestyles we face in Kibera, we have created our own community – that is sound and functioning. Businesses of all sorts and driven entrepreneurs are found in all areas. Indeed, we are not unlike much of Sub-Saharan Africa, which receives 75% of its services through the ‘informal sector.’ In Kenya, we call this part of our economy the ‘Jua Kali’ sector (Or ‘Fierce Sun’ sector).

    We are one of the many community groups active in Kibera, working on issues such as: environment and sanitation; waste management; HIV/AIDS awareness, counselling and testing; domestic violence; education; and unemployment. Many youths are committed and passionate about making an impact in their community. CSG encourages and fosters this volunteerism. Get Involved By Contacting Us. Visit our Wikipedia page here. For more info on Kibera, visit the Kibera Wikipedia page here.

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    CSG's Primary Partners are:

    The Matibabu Foundation - runs a medical clinic in Nyanza Province with CSG

    Helping Hands Tours and Safaris - profits go toward CSG projects