Kibera, the largest slum in Africa and the second largest slum in the world after Mumbai, is located in Nairobi, Kenya. It is has an unemployment rate of at least fifty percent and an estimated population of approximately one million people. Living conditions are rough, and extreme poverty, hunger, as well as lack of access to clean water are some of the problems people in Kibera face daily. Three years ago, Cross World Africa teamed up with future project leader, Kenneth Owade, to combat this harsh reality. The Kibera Food Bank and Scholarship Project stocks the food bank within the local YMCA and provides funding for children whose families cannot afford school fees and uniforms.
In June 2018, Cross World Africa made a donation to the food bank which paid for over forty percent of the YMCA’s annual budget needs, enabling them to feed five hundred children of all ages two meals a day, six days a week, for one year. By feeding these kids, Cross World Africa is giving them a fighting chance to grow up strong and healthy, and focus on their education instead of worrying where to find their next meal.
In addition to Cross World Africa’s Food Bank donation, the organization donated two soccer balls to the Kibera YMCA, and we also awarded two scholarships to Sharon Atieno Otieno and Juliet Awuor Odhiambo to attend Rae Girls Secondary School. In the video posted below, you will learn how Juliet is an aspiring journalist, while Sharon hopes to be an accountant. Here at Cross World Africa, we believe in the power of dreams and do all we can to make hope a reality.