Kibera, located in the southwestern part of Nairobi, Kenya, is the largest slum in Africa. More than half a million people inhabit in this densely populated area, most living in makeshift housing built from sheet metal, tarps, scrap wood, and cinder blocks. Nearly all of Kibera lacks basic services such as clean water, electricity, and adequate medical care, and poor sanitation and overcrowding cause life-threatening disease. The Kibera slum continues to grow as new residents migrate from other areas to escape violence and poverty, and so do the rates of drug and alcohol addiction and crime due to the hopelessness of many of Kibera’s residents.
Though the residents of Kibera come from a variety of Kenyan ethnic backgrounds, they all have one thing in common. Most are highly impoverished and are barely able to support their families. Many are day laborers who make less than $1 a day, and the lack of educational opportunity mean that most of Kibera’s residents have little hope of ever changing their situation.
Many of the David Caleb Cook Foundation’s Kenya partners have established ministry in this needy area of Nairobi, providing basic education and feeding programs and sharing God’s love with the vulnerable children of Kibera. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, some of our partners in Kibera are using DCCF’s Life on Life discipleship program to help children understand that God cares about every area of their lives, including their struggles and hurts. And partners there will soon begin distributing DCCF’s evangelism booklet, The Story of Jesus, to share a message of hope in Jesus with children and their families in this challenging region.
Please join us in praying for DCCF’s partners in this region as they serve the children of this vulnerable area!