Photography, film production and community projects in the Mathare Valley slum of Nairobi, Kenya
This is a photo of the Mwelu Foundation football team. This team was formed in the year 2000. At this time Julius Mwelu got the idea of starting a photography project involving the youths in the slum. The youths inspired Julius through their enthusiasm and dedication to the project. So that’s how some of us become photographers.
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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