Using education to provide a future for children in need in Kibera


Home to around 500,000 to 700,000 people, Kibera is not only the largest slum in Kenya but also one of the biggest in the world. Its residents live in shacks measuring around 10 to 12 square metres, which are made of mud, sit on clay soil and have corrugated tin roofs. Each shack houses up to eight family members. The shacks are tightly packed together, door to door, with no chance of any privacy or distance for anyone. None of the residents have their own toilets, water supplies, or electricity; instead, they rely on pit toilets, each serving as many as 50 families.

The conditions faced by the people of Kibera go far beyond our very worst nightmares. It is a world of hopelessness as far as the eye can see. Despite this dismal situation, there are people in Kibera who are actively committed to a topic very close to our hearts: tackling the fate of many children and young people and working to improve it with a tool that is helpful beyond belief: education.

One of these special individuals is our on-site contact: Erine Atieno. 

Erine is dedicated to supporting the children of Kibera. She helps them to gain access to primary and secondary school education. If children achieve good average marks in Year 8, they qualify for secondary school education and can continue their learning journey – at least theoretically. 

Many of these children face a huge obstacle in the form of the high school fees charged by the local secondary schools, most of which are run as residential schools. This is precisely where ONE DAY comes into play. Together with the brave ONE DAY hero Erine, we give young people the chance to experience secondary school education. By doing so, we offer them better prospects and give them hope for the future.