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About Korogocho

Korogocho is one of Nairobi’s informal settlements (slums) located approximately 15 kms from Nairobi city centre. It is where Provide International was founded and currently bases its activities to help urban poor communities.The Korogocho slums started as a result of population pressure for houses stemming from the rural to urban migration in the early 1980’s.

A large percentage of the slum inhabitants are between 15-35 years old from different tribal and cultural backgrounds. In all,
Korogocho is home to roughly 200,000 people living in very poor conditions and lacking nearly all
fundamental services.


Families in Korogocho live with a lot of insecurity: lack of water; insufficient disposal of solid and
liquid waste; lack of employment; and exposure to local brews that are potentially lethal, but
nevertheless commonly sold to slum dwellers. Human right violations are increasing as is the
prevalence of HIV in the community. Wide-spread usage of drugs and associated violence is
common especially among young people, many of whom live on the streets.


Korogocho slums extend over an area of 1 sq. mile on the eastern side of Nairobi in the Kasarani
Constituency. The informal settlement sits partly on government land and partly on private land.
With a high population of 200,000 people, Korogocho is the fourth most populous informal
settlement in Kenya.The majority of slum dwellers are victims of evictions in other areas of
Nairobi, while others have moved to the slum as a result of unemployment and rural-urban
migration.


Whatever the reason for settling in the Korogocho slum, the people live in congested shacks
constructed of mud or scrap metal separated by narrow footpaths which serve both as sewers and
drains. A scarcity of running water remains one of the most urgent problems in Korogocho along
with inadequate or missing infrastructures, lack of employment, little education, minimum health
standards, and general isolation of the slum from law enforcement and social, economic and
political development.The informal settlement borders the Dandora dumping site – the largest
dumping site in Kenya. Many of the slum dwellers rely on the dumping site to collect used plastic
bags, scrap metal, plastic bottles and sell them for economic gain.


Most of the young people in the slums of Korogocho are unemployed with little hope of getting any
job or knowledge of what the future holds. They are at-risk in the midst of negative peer
influence, drugs and substance abuse, gangs and crime. Orphans are common due to alcohol abuse
and the high rate of death due to HIV/AIDS. The community has had a breakdown of family values
with child-headed families and prostitution. Hardships and harsh living conditions coupled with
inadequate social services make children in Korogocho slums extremely vulnerable to infectious
diseases, illiteracy, a bleak future and a vicious cycle of poverty. Most of these youth end up on the
streets and survive by sniffing glue to escape from hunger pangs while others scavenge for food at
the dumpsite. School age girls spend their days at the dump site baby-sitting their younger siblings
while their single mothers look for food and other valuables in the garbage heaps. These girls
hardly attend school.


It is within this context that Provide International does its work, led by its founder and visionary,
Executive Directory Jonah Kitheka. Jonah was touched decades ago by the plight of his countrymen
and has brought Provide International to the 3 urban slums of Korogocho, Dandora and Kayole.
Serving as a dependable channel for investment in these areas, Provide International is dedicated
to improving the lives of children, youth and families with access to food, clean water, mentorship
programs and medical services.

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