The Power of a Camera: Cheryl’s Photo Essay April 13, 2016 by Carolina For Kibera
“What happens when girls are empowered to speak for themselves?” This was the central question underlying CFK’s recent collaboration with ARTKIDS Foundation to teach photography classes to girls in our Daughters United program. (You can find more information on our collaboration here.)
The first cohort of young photographers has provided an answer. Each student in our photography training program submitted a story about one facet of their life in Kibera, complete with pictures to add context. The results: an inside look at the Kibera community from girls’ perspectives.
This week, we are featuring Cheryl’s photo essay, “Water in Kibera.” Keep reading for a story and photos that capture the blessings and dangers of water and rain in Kibera.
Water in Kibera
Binti Pamoja Photography Training Project
People say that water is life. That is true. What people don’t know is that water has been the cause of many deaths in Kibera.
Because of the poor construction, when it rains, the houses fill with water. This brings a lot of danger into people’s lives. Kibera is not only a slum. It is home to many people and different generations. If the water comes and destroys their houses, these people have no place to go.
The broken pipes represent a big problem for the community. They put people’s lives in danger. If no one repairs them, they allow dirt to mix with water and people will be consuming water that is contaminated. This leads to the spread of diseases like cholera.
People should learn how to repair broken pipes and how to take care of their environment. Who knows? You could be drinking contaminated water and get sick because you ignored a small thing that can be repaired.
Water is needed for cooking and washing clothes.
Water is also needed for showering.
Most parents in Kibera send their children to fetch water and most children enjoy doing this task.