What is this all about?
I was “introduced” to the slums of Kibera about a year ago at a painting workshop. (Our reference picture for this workshop was of a lady who lived there.) I honestly had never heard of the slums of Kibera before, and upon researching it a little was shocked and saddened by the situation the residents are living in. Over 500,000 people (some say there are over a million so that may be a low estimate) living in a space of 2.5 kilometers. (That’s about half as big as the Los Angeles Airport.) Banished from their homelands, no electricity, and filthy and polluted creeks. (If you’d like to read more about Kibera go here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kibera)
So what can we do to help? I’ll tell you!!
I have connected with an organization that provides water filtration to struggling areas of the world. Literally for as little as TEN DOLLARS you can provide a straw for a child that will filter the water they drink for a YEAR. Ten dollars! That’s like two overpriced coffees and you’ll potentially be saving a child’s life! (2.5 billion people of the world lack access to proper sanitation with people dying from water-related illnesses everyday. 90% of those deaths are children under 5.)
So here’s the thing: I have created a giving opportunity with a goal to raise $2,000 before June 1st, specifically to provide straws to children living in the slums of Kibera.
David Livingstone said “Sympathy is no substitute for action”.
Skip the coffee and give the gift of clean water.