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I am Kenyan, living in the biggest slums in sub Saharan Africa in Nairobi Kenya here in Africa. I do not regret my life in the slums, it has helped me to learn so much and to understand what people go through in life. In Slum Life, you do not live your live, you cannot enjoy your music because you share roof with you neighbour and if he/she plays loud music then you are forced to listen to hers. You cannot bring up your children your style because you share almost everything with several people around. The best you can do to your family is to make them understand what righteousness is.

There are people think that slum people do not work hard that is why they are poor or some who think that they are people who never went to school, or were too poor in school to pass their exams and that is why they live the kind of life here, but it is not so. We have people who were very clever in school but could not go far because of poverty, there are people who are just victims of circumstances, maybe you loose your parents and loose everything so you look for a cheaper life here in the slums. Or maybe you are attracted to a man who lives in the slums and you feel love conquers everything so life settles you here.

In Slums people work very hard, women wake up as early as 4:00 a.m and go to bed passed mid night but still the little they make cannot allow them to move to better housing, they have famillies to feed and as usual, most slum women are very generous in having babies, I do not want to use a harsher word because many people reason that you should not have more children than you can take care of but where do we get this very important information, who tells us how what is important for us.

We are working hard towards empowering more slum women to come up and manage their positively, our diversity is our strength.


NyamburaFoley's picture

Dear Anyango

It's very easy for people to point fingers at the poor and label them as lazy, ignorant and illiterate. Very easy. But to survive such hardships paused by living in a slum, only the intelligent and hard working people survive.
And clearly, YOU have survived and that could only mean that YOU are intelligent.

Natarajia utaendelea kuandika kuhusu maisha Kibera.

Asanti sana na kuwa na siku njema.


anyangojane's picture


Thanks, my dear, I will


Julie Tomlin's picture

Dear Anyango

Thank you for writing this piece and sharing something of your life in Kenya. I think it's incredibly important that you are speaking out from the perspective of women living in slums.
I look forward to reading more of your work.



anyangojane's picture


We recently introduced talking boxed in school to give school children a chance to share about the challenges they face, With the strong slogan from World Pulse, No one speaks for me speak for myself, we have encourged young girls to speak out,

We are receiving very wanting casesm from girls who live only with their parents and are to scared to tell them to buy them sanitary towels, girls who are as old as 15 years old and still stripped naked by their fathers as a way of discipline, to ones whose parents are encouraging to go for commercial sex.

We will be seeking for partners and well wishers to support us to carry out conselling and more forums to help the girls move on with their lives in peace. We are all friends to the girlchild, let us create spaces for them share, a problem shared is a problem half solved,



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