Although one of the richest countries in black Africa, Kenya nevertheless has immense problems to overcome in unemployment, housing and education.
Although one of the richest countries in black Africa, Kenya nevertheless has immense problems to overcome in unemployment, housing and education. The differences between rich and poor are not confined to the obvious example of foreign tourists versus street beggars. Within Kenyan society itself there are rich men who live in luxury and send their children to god schools -- while unemployment runs at about 80 per cent and many hundreds of thousands of people struggle for survival in conditions of extreme poverty.
SYNOPSIS: In Nairobi alone 200,000 people live in shanty towns like this one in the Eastlands district. If their children get to school at all it is only for a short time and the shanty dwellers face the constant threat of eviction.
This is Wanjiku who lives in the Eastlands shanty town with her twin daughters. Without a husband, she does part time work and makes a little money by drawing water for the rest of the shanty town dwellers.
And this is Naftali Kamanga. Aged over 75 he sometimes works at the Eastleigh Community Centre -- one of six that attempt to improve the lives of Nairobi's poor. It is run by a remarkable man called Edward Njenga, who gave up a promising career as a sculptor to devote his life to social work. But, as he explains, his talent plays a part in the overall success of the centre.
The centre runs on GBP 20,000 sterling (40,000 U.S. dollars) a year. The government contributes GBP 250.00 (500 U.S. dollars) -- the rest comes from donations and the sale of handicrafts.