The Power of a Camera: Lizz’s Photo Essay August 18, 2016 by Carolina For Kibera
A few months ago, we published Cheryl’s photo essay, “Water in Kibera,” as part of our collaboration with ARTKIDS Foundation to teach photography skills to girls in our Binti Pamoja Girls Program. That essay explored in depth the blessings and dangers of water in Kibera, and how water can be a life-giving or destructive force.
This week, we’re bringing another story to you: “Soweto Neighborhood,” by Lizz. Soweto West is one of Kibera’s 12 villages, situated very close to CFK’s main office on the western edge of Kibera. Through her photos, Lizz paints a portrait of her crowded neighborhood and the different sights she sees every day. Some of them might inspire and surprise you!
Binti Pamoja Photography Training Project
Soweto is a village located in the Kibera slum of Nairobi.
Many residents in Soweto have their own business to make a living. Some people open small shops just next to the door of their houses. They sell tomatoes, onions, sukuma wiki (leafy greens), and eggs.
The railway to Uganda passes through the center of Soweto.
Water in Kibera is not free. Therefore, people from Soweto and other villages in Kibera store the water that comes from the rain. They store it in basins and buckets and use it later to wash their clothes.
Some roads are very bad and the condition of the roads becomes even worse during rainy seasons.
This is a young boy taking breakfast. Mandazi (doughnuts) and tea is the usual breakfast for children in Kibera.
Some children face risks when they are playing, like these two children playing next to an electrical wire. Children who are very playful are not aware of the danger and can be electrocuted.
This is a girl removing ashes from the jiko (stove). She is very busy. After removing the ashes she will take the jiko inside of the house and cook for her family.
It’s Sunday. People from a church in Soweto are singing, dancing and celebrating. Anyone is welcome to join them.
They are building a new road through Soweto. Many houses were demolished for this road to be built.
Two girls are looking out over Soweto. How big and how crowded it is!