Photography, film production and community projects in the Mathare Valley slum of Nairobi, Kenya
When it rains the problems of the slum become ten times worse. The open sewers rise up and flood people’s homes. Bare electrical wires are an ever-present danger. Furthermore the noise of the rain on the metal roofs is so loud that acts of rape and robbery can go unnoticed – the perpetrators feel safe in the knowledge that no-one will be able to hear the screams.
The Mwelu Foundation is a youth project based in the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya. We use photography and film production to document our lives and communicate our problems - and our hopes - to the wider world. We have set up a library and are taking positive steps to improve our livelihoods by building essential life skills. Through our initiatives we also hope that we can begin to displace the myth that slums like Mathare are dead-end places with no potential or home-grown talent.
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