It seems it is not "politically correct" or sensitive to refer to a community as a "slum". I (Deb) was told that the new reference is "economically disadvantaged communities." But "slum" does communicate what we all know as a place of great poverty and despair. And that is Kasarani. It has grown to perhaps 30,000 people in a very small area by the shores of Lake Naivasha, but nobody really knows. It is thought that up to 50% of the population are children under the age of 8. Flower farms provide opportunity for work, which also provides hope and sustenance for families, but there is also large unemployment as the population grows and others move in hoping for work. The majority of the residents are not from this area but come from rural areas to find work, making the village very tribally mixed, adding to the problems among a basically illiterate community.
Poverty produces despair, lack of hope, hunger, homelessness, and life styles to escape depression and real situations of not being able to even find food for your family. Alcoholism and drug abuse, stealing and crime, prostitution leading to an increasing incidence of HIV-AIDS and other diseases, lack of electricity and clean water ... all are factors in Kasarani. Alongside the employment the flower farms provide there is a feeling of growing dependency on outside help, so attitudes are a struggle for those of us trying to help.
But there is hope.
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There are 21 churches of different denominations in Kasarani. Through connections from Eagles Wings, we were able to provide Bibles for every student and staff member at St. Andrews, and 20 KiSwahili Bibles each to the churches for distribution in their congregations. They were a donation from the Bible League in the US, through their Kenya office.