Thursday, December 17, 2009

Carolina for Kibera

Mission Statement: "Carolina For Kibera (CFK) fights abject poverty and helps prevent violence through community-based development in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya and beyond."


My donation: $5

CFK is an affiliated program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Organization firmly believes that in order to solve problems related to poverty, those affected by it must be a part of the solution. In that sense, the Organization is much more a hand up than a hand out. I like this philosophy.

Kibera faces a whole host of problems, from an overwhelming youth population, to bloody clashes between the 6 different ethnic groups that call the slums home, to the estimated 12-15% of the population suffering from HIV/AIDS.

CFK's aim is to promote youth leadearship and provide improved sanitation and healh conditions through core projects such as the Youth Sports Program, the Tabitha clinic and the Binti Pamoja Center.

As the Organization is affiliated with UNC, students from various universities (including UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, Georgetown, Columbia, and many others) can apply to intern as volunteers with the Organization and may even have the opportunity to travel to Kenya and study in nearby universities in Nairobi. Some of the students even blog about their experiences with the Organization here.

(All images courtesy of Carolina for Kibera)

Seems pretty cool to me.

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