The Power of a Camera: Lizz’s Photo Essay August 18, 2016  by      

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!

Soweto Neighborhood

By: Lizz
Binti Pamoja Photography Training Project

An establishing shot that overlooks Soweto West, one of Kibera's 12 villages.

Soweto is a village located in the Kibera slum of Nairobi.

Soweto is one of the densest settlements in Kibera.

This is one of the main pathways in Soweto, sitting high on an embankment.

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.

A shopkeeper outside his shop in Soweto West, Kibera, Kenya.

A lot of Kiberans can find produce in their village at shops like these.

The railway to Uganda passes through the center of Soweto.

The railway to Uganda passes right through Soweto and many other Kiberan villages.

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.

A water bin and jerry can that are commonly used by Kiberan households.

A clothesline outside of a rowhouse in Kibera.

Some roads are very bad and the condition of the roads becomes even worse during rainy seasons.

Roadways can be treacherous in Kibera, especially when it rains.

A boy running through Soweto. Many villages have piles of trash that never go down because trash pickup is hard to find.

This is a young boy taking breakfast. Mandazi (doughnuts) and tea is the usual breakfast for children in Kibera.

A boy eating mandazi, a typical breakfast food 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.

There are lots of hazards in Kibera, including makeshift electrical wires like this one.

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.

Girl removing ashes from a stove outside her home in Kibera.

It’s Sunday. People from a church in Soweto are singing, dancing and celebrating. Anyone is welcome to join them.

Sundays are for celebration and introspection in Soweto, Kibera, Kenya.

They are building a new road through Soweto. Many houses were demolished for this road to be built.

Construction projects in Kibera are good for the community most of the time, but they often displace people.

New roads help people gain access to other parts of Nairobi, but construction workers have to move people out of their homes first.

Two girls are looking out over Soweto. How big and how crowded it is!

Two girls looking over Soweto West, one of the most dense neighborhoods in Kibera.


One response to “The Power of a Camera: Lizz’s Photo Essay”

  1. Mildred Bowman says:

    Thank you, Lizz for sharing your home with us through your photography. Good pictures!

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