8 random facts about Kibera.

1. Kibera is named after a Nubian word, ‘kibra’ which means jungle or jungle.

2. Most houses in Kibera are built with mud, some plastered with concrete ballast, the roofs are corrugated, floors are sometimes cemented, residents sprinkle water on non-cemented floors to get rid of dust.

3. There are varying statistics over the approximate number of people living in Kibera. The government puts it at 200,000 but other sources puts it at between 500,000 to over 1 million.

4. Many education centers in Kibera are informal and not regulated by the government. They start as small daycare facilities and grow to become primary and secondary schools in some instances.

5. Living conditions in Kibera are deplorable. Most families cannot afford some of the most possible basic needs.

6. Most youths are jobless and unemployed. They spend most of their time in small cliques abusing drugs and drinking chang’aa which is a locally brewed illegal drink.

7. Many chang’aa drinkers lack responsibility. They drink more than water bills, sleeping inside dirty drainage trenches and utter all sorts of obscene words.

8. Kibera is divided into 13 villages, including Kianda, Soweto, Gatwekera, Kisumu Ndogo, Lindi, Laini Saba, Siranga/Undugu, Makina and Mashimoni.


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