Over one billion people live in urban slums, and that number will grow to three billion within twenty-five years; a majority of these dwellers often go unrecognized by the government, denied of their basic human rights. Unfortunately, today’s traditional aid methods are outdated, and current public policies of evictions and eradication are inhumane and unjust. So, what’s the solution? We believe that an activated youth movement catalyzed by service learning will bring attention to the urban slums, prove that they can be the cities of tomorrow, and ultimately create long-lasting change.
We are currently proving our model with low-cost private schools in the Dagoretti, Lenana, Mathare, Kibera, Huruma, and Kayole slums of Nairobi.
After our proof of concept, we are looking to scale our work across East Africa and other regions.
70% of Nairobi's urban population live in slums. By 2050, nearly 90% of the world's urban population will live in slums. The urgency of this issue? The numbers speak for themselves.
Slums, left untouched, can become a major threat to global security and stability. Environmental and health hazards and global terrorism activity are quickly emerging from slums.
Urban slums and the human rights violations are an issue that often goes ignored by mass media and the public. The consensus is that World Cup stadiums matter more than the lives of slum dwellers.