Gloria Upchurch

documenting the world one image at a time

A fun day out with local children from Kibera


There are approximately 1.2 million slum dwellers in Kibera, an area of 2.5 square kilometers. 75% of the population of Kibera are under the age of 18 an estimated 100,000 children living in Kibera are orphaned. Kibera is the largest slum in Africa and the slum environment is degrading and dehumanizing, characterized by abject poverty, corruption, periodic violence and contagious diseases due to environmental pollution. The majority of the slum dwellers are reduced to begging due to lack of employment and opportunities to earn a living for individual wellbeing or provision of their families.

Kibera represents 60% of the Nairobi population and occupies just 6% of the land. Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the largest in the world.