Photography, film production and community projects in the Mathare Valley slum of Nairobi, Kenya
In Mathare many young girls become unexpectedly pregnant at a very young age – some of them through unprotected sex with their partner and some of them through rape. The child often grows up without knowing who their father really is. Some of the children are abandoned by their parents. If you walk through Mathare, you will see many young kids playing, crying and seemingly hopeless in life.
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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