In mid-August 2015 Harry Knopke and Jim Tuinstra (along with Jim’s grandson Kyle) traveled to Kenya to meet with John Nyagwencha, ACI-Kenya CEO, and his staff; review the coming year’s business plan; visit a number of sites in the Kisii area; as well as evaluate the feasibility of a project requested for the Mogoso School in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa and among the five worst slums in the world.
There are several districts in the Kibera slum that borders downtown Nairobi. Each one has a central, official area housing security and other services
The national government is finally starting to address the problems of Kibera. In addition to building mixed-income housing to eventually replace the slum dwellings, it has installed “hudumas” in each district to provide a full range of services to inhabitants.
Walking through the district to the Mogoso school. This is the main rail road that goes through the residential areas to Uganda.
Cleaning out a water source.
John Nyagwencha on the side street where the school is located.
Harry and Doreen, one of the two officers assigned to guide us through the streets to the school.
Part of the courtyard, an oasis in the slum.
The industrial arts room where students learn to sew and make a variety of products the school sells.
This was a holiday but nonetheless over 100 students showed up anyway, in part to have the one meal per day they can rely on. They also divided into groups to perform a number of songs for us.
The school’s well; we’ll be installling a solar-powered summersible pump in it that will bring water to an ACI facility filter located in the kitchen in an adjacent strcture.
The door to the school. A second ACI facility filter system will be installed next to this tank to provide clean water the school can sell to the local community.
Mama Choo Choo (Lilian), the school’s founder, with Tony, once one of her orphans whom she adopted who now has a college degree and teaches music and music therapy at the school.