Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi and one of the largest urban slums in the world.
The Kiberan population is difficult to calculate with recent estimates have ranging from between 170,000 to well over 800,000 people in an area of 2.5 square km (27 football fields).
Young people are suffering the most – assaults & rape is too common. People living with HIV in the slum are many, as are AIDS cases.
- Between 800,000 – 1,000,000 people live in Kibera
- Life expectancy in Kibera is 30 years compared with 82 years in Australia
- 66% of girls in Kibera routinely trade sex for food
- 37% of Kenyan students do not have access to a Secondary School
- Kibera’s HIV/AIDs rate – 14%
- 1 million children are not enrolled in school.
- 50% of residents in Kibera are unemployed
Within this environment of this suffering Mirror of Hope aims to empower the most vulnerable in the slums with the skills they need to get out. There are a number of other charities that work through Kibera in different specialties (healthcare, education, job skills etc.). We work hand in hand with these organisations to give the people of Kibera hope.