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March 4, 2013
NAIROBI, Kenya — Today, EKT organized a filming tour for Peeta Planet, a travel series airing on Dubai 1, and features two Emirati brothers who go on a worlwide, social media influenced, journey of cultural interfaction!
March 12, 2013
Kenyan Reaction to Disputed Election Is Far Calmer Than Last Time
NAIROBI, Kenya — In the Kibera slum, where the sun beats down mercilessly on the metal shacks and ribbons of raw sewage snake across the dirt, people are about as angry as they have ever been.(more)
January 13, 2012
Kibera’s Soweto slum torn down in dawn raid
THOUSANDS of Soweto residents in Kibera slums yesterday watched helplessly as a bulldozer rolled into the slum destroying their houses and other properties.(more)
January 11, 2011
Mobile Money Revolution Aids Kenya's Poor, Economy
When you think "financial innovation," East Africa doesn't leap to mind. But for the past several years, millions of Kenyans have been using their cell phones as mobile bank accounts.(more)
March 30, 2010
Kibera tries new bag to solve 'flying toilet' problem
Trials of a disposable toilet bag have been carried out by families in the Kenyan slum of Kibera, before it reaches the market in a few months. (more)
February 7, 2010
Norwegian donation benefits 10 families in Kibera
Working in conjunction with donor Ellen Paalgard of Norway, Alistair Amendi from Explore Kibera Tours helped distribute donations of gifts in the form of holiday meals to 10 Kibera families. (more)
January 4, 2010
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Explore Kibera Tours.
November 20, 2009
New initiative seeks to widen internet usage by Kenyans
Kenya is among the first beneficiaries of a project to increase internet usage courtesy of the World Wide Web investor Sir Tim Berners Lee. The World Wide Web Foundation launched in Nairobi on Thursday will help to bridge the ‘digital divide’ in internet use through training opportunities for locals and technology transfer. (more)
August 27, 2009
Solar Lamps Light up Slums in Kenya
Kenyans in the country's capital Nairobi are being taught new skills. With soldering irons in hand they're making solar-powered lamps from diodes, fuses, bulbs and solar panels. (more)
August 4, 2009
Slum Schools Spring Up in Nairobi
Free primary school education is now universal in Kenya. However, there are few public schools in Nairobi's teeming slums, leaving thousands of children squeezed out of the formal education system. Non-formal schools have sprung up to fill the gap, but these are largely underfunded and understaffed. (more)
July 15, 2009
NYTimes: Kenya's Bill for Bloodshed Nears Payment
The envelope, please — those are the words on many Kenyans’ lips. Ever since last year’s eruption of post-election violence, which killed more than 1,000 people and threatened to drive this once promising country off a cliff, Kenyans have been waiting to hear who masterminded the bloodshed and who will pay the price. (more)
July 14, 2009
The Explore Kibera Tours website has officially launched. Many thanks to all those who have helped!
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Welcome to Kibera
Recently featured in Time.com magazine!
Explore Nairobi behind the scenes in Kibera, East Africa's largest slum and home to over one million Kenyans. Recently visited by President Obama, PM Gordon Brown, and UN Sect General Ban Ki Moon, Kibera is the subject of countless UN programs targeting poverty, health, infrastructure, women’s rights, and education. During the 2008 Kenyan post-election violence, the community became an epicenter of activism, exacerbating political and tribal rifts in an otherwise peaceful area. The novel and 2005 film, The Constant Gardener, also popularized Kibera’s health and political issues.
Despite its problems, Kibera has a unique charm among the 42 tribes and various religions that peacefully co-exist in the 2.5 sq. km. area. “How are you?” go the endless greetings you’ll hear from children eager to meet outsiders. Kibera is a fascinating place with raw eye-opening, yet encouraging experiences. Explore Kibera by engaging with our local guides to understand the work within the community.
What is Explore Kibera Tours?
We are a social tourism project designed to promote volunteerism and raise awareness about the Kibera slums. We offer safe walking tours for open-minded travelers and aim to solely benefit Kibera by hiring local staff, supporting local development projects, and bringing a stream of demand to local artisans. Explore Kibera Tours believes in enriching the community through awareness. When you tour with us you will:
- Support an otherwise closed economy
- Understand the work of community organizations
- Learn about available volunteer opportunities
- Challenge stereotypes and open your eyes beyond the comfort zone of many
By engaging with EKT, you can support the community through donation of tangible items, purchasing local goods and services, and volunteer opportunities:
||Kigulu HIV/AIDS Orphanage is one of the many ad-hoc orphanages and schools scattered throughout Kibera. Run entirely by volunteers, Kigulu Orphanage has a mission of providing education and food for all those directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS. EKT currently donates your school supplies and food directly to benefit Kigulu's 30+ kids.
||Kibera Community Youth Programme is a unique, community- based organization (CBO) formed and run by young people in the Kibera slum, Nairobi. Recent projects that have been promoted by EKT have been a solar lamp training and assembly facility designed to reduce costs spent on charcoal for homeowners. Read more at www.kcyp.net.
||Jitolee Women's Group is a collective of local women artisans who design gorgeous bracelets, necklaces, bags and other bead adorned jewelry. Jitolee also acts much like a support group for its HIV+ single-mother members. Explore Kibera Tours bracelets (those pictured to the left) are available for sale with all proceeds directly benefitting Jitolee Women's Group.