A group of artisans from The African Bone Craft in Nairobi’s Kibera Slums are using recycled animal bones, horns and brass metals to create handmade jewelry and decorations that are later sold to locals and tourists who would at times visit the workshop. The African bones started back in 2006 with a total number of 17 group members who both depend on selling the jewelry for a living and daily occurring family needs. The group of artists has faced challenges such as demolitions by the government mowing down churches, schools, and businesses, to create a way for road extension that aims to ease Nairobi’s notoriously traffic congestion with shortcuts through the slums, rapidly occurring fires that have burned down their homes and workshops together with their working tools during the past few years and most challenges from the coronavirus that limited the number of sales they made before compared to these days.
Cerebral palsy is an abnormal development and brain damage that affects children making them not be able to control their muscles, this usually occurs before or mostly after a child is born. In Nairobi, Kenya, a group of Medical experts and massage therapists from The Action Foundation (T.A.F) came together on July 23, 2021 to help and supports different families with young kids suffering from Cerebral Palsy. Since most families are not able to afford the high costs of medical services and therapies for their babies with disabilities, The Action Foundation has freely offered these services to reach out to women , girls and young kids with disabilities both from Urban and rural informal settlements in Kenya.
Saviour Omondi, an 18-year-old artist born and raised in Kibera, Nairobi Kenya. From a family of five, he began his love for art back in 2009 by copying and learning most skills from his dad who was doing art but not to a professional level. Omondi’s main focus was to portray his home through his artwork and dreamt of making the best out of his art in the future after his studies. Despite his dad being a drunkard and all the late-night fights he brought home, Saviour recycled most of his dad's beer cans and made creative images out of them to his perfection level. Saviour makes the environment clean by recycling disposed metals and plastic cans creating art from his day-to-day collection around the street dumpsites, local bars, and even during his random street walks. Amidst the pandemic and during school holidays, savior spends most of his time doing solo exhibitions of his artwork around the streets in Kibera to create awareness to most locals on the effects of pollution and dispersal of harmful inorganic waste products to the environment and its side effects to climate change including the aquatic life’s.
Across Nairobi Kenya's Capital, life has been uneasy for most residents and small scale business owners who had to close down their businesses and head back to their homes prior to curfew time starting from 8 PM till 4 AM as ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta as part of measures to tame down the rising number and spread of Corona Virus across the Country.
The traditional beliefs and practices of African people are a set of highly diverse beliefs that include various ethnic religions. Generally, these traditions are oral and include belief in a supreme creator, spirits and worshiping the dead not forgetting medicinal belief. In my home Kibera, the spirits are honored through coming together of a different religion to serve a spiritual God.
Focusing on the spiritual servants and practices performed by many traditional Christians in Kenya, the spiritual Christianity tradition are mostly attended and performed by people of a level of Age groups (Age 25 and above) who deeply understands the rules and set of practices that is required in the religion and are able to work and be controlled by the attacking spirits that reveal the good and bad omens to happen to a fellow believer of Christ. Many Kenyans have started their own churches, which feature a blend of Christianity and traditional religion with the aim of fighting and blessing through the ritual spiritual beliefs.
Fishing has become an integral part of business that is contributing to the rise of economic development in Tanzania. It is an economic mainstay of many parts of rural Tanzania and has also become a popular activity for visitors bringing tourists along the countries coastal regions including rivers and lake regions.
The local Fishermen of Tanzania’s water bodies heavily depend on fishing as a main source of to fund their day to day needs, such as paying rent, children's school fees and health services. It is now a popular alternative to small businesses across the country. During the rainy seasons, Rivers including their tributaries and oceans swell with Fish and many aquatic life, bringing with it an economic stability for Tanzanian families.
Due to numerous reasons including poverty, many women from Kibera Slums are suffering from alcoholism. Despite the many side effects, It has become a routine for ladies at the age of twenty-five and above to take alcohol during their daily activities. While some might take alcohol as a way of celebration and connecting with friends and family during fun moments, Women here consume it to relieve stress and help them forget about their problems back home. This is often due to lack of job opportunities and support from their husbands. Women in Kibera especially the widows are unable to cope with the never ending family responsibilities, and therefore spend any amount they get on alcohol to temporarily forget about their lives hardship.
The high level of alcohol consumption has led to an increased rate of death, blindness and dangerous diseases such as cancer, hypertension, blindness and traumatic injuries with young children left behind as orphans or single parented. It has also lead to the risk of unprotected sexual relations and high chances of women getting raped by unknown villagers around the community, leading to unwanted pregnancies.
This has led to further spread of HIV/AIDs around the slums and has left many children and neighbours taking care of children left without parents.
When Kenyans wanted a new Democracy so did they want someone who could lead the democracy and the republic in a well and fair way without including any tribal wars and lack of opportunities to job access in favor of the political leading tribes. In August 2017 when Kenyans had to cast their votes to elect in their new presidential candidates who were Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. The results of the presidential election were subsequently annulled after the Voting and fresh elections were ordered to be held within 60 days. This caused commotions in different parts of the country as the National Super Alliance(NASA) supporters and members of parliament thought the elections were not fair. This resulted in fights between Kenyans including the use of live bullets by the antiriot Police Officials while trying to stop the Violence. President Kenyatta had maintained 10+% lead over Odinga in most polls for many weeks, but the two most recent polls before the election suggested a much closer race. The outcome was reported as a 9.5-percentage-point victory for Kenyatta. On 10 August, provisional results released by the Kenyan electoral commission put Kenyatta ahead by 54.2% to Odinga's 44%. The head of the EU delegation Marietje Schaake said there had been no sign of manipulation of the result at a central or local level and urged all sides to accept the result.