Kibera, located around 5km form the city centre of Nairobi and dubbed the largest slum in Africa. It is estimated by local sources that around 750,000 people live in the area, mostly in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions. Homes are generally tightly packed, made of mud and straw or corrugated iron. Families often share one room furnished with only a couple of seats and perhaps a bed.
It's Wednesday afternoon and our first day in Kenya. The traffic in the city centre is gridlocked so we are running late for our first class. Eventually there is movement in the traffic and we travel through Nairobi out towards Kibera. To be situated so close to the city there's a marked difference in the quality of the road and the buildings here.
Driving through Kibera we pass rows of street vendors selling everything from second hand clothing to food, drink and beauty products from their colourful corrugated iron shacks. We pass children in bare feet playing in a burnt out bus wreck. We pass countless young boys pulling carts of water. There are no pavements, and the streets are dry and dusty with an abundance of litter due to there being no waste collection service. We turn down a small lane towards two large blue gates which are opened for us by the guard- KAG Olympic Education Centre. Here the Anoos Africa Project Manager, Krysteen introduces us to the headteacher of the school as well as Consolata, the dance teacher running clubs on behalf of Anno's Africa and One Fine Day. The children are already in their school hall, ready to dance.