Category: Volunteers

Building a Healthy Foundation for Children February 2, 2015

By: Madison Hayes, CFK Intern, American University — Nutrition can make a huge difference in a child’s health. In Kibera, where preventable diseases like severe diarrhea are common, having a strong developmental foundation through nutrition is an essential aspect of …

“Let’s Move Forward” :: Francis’s History of Community Organizing November 10, 2014

Francis Odera seems to be everywhere, involved in everything.  As a resident of Kibera since 1994, he has seen the community grow and change, and as a volunteer with many programs, he has seen how different initiatives can make a …

Hand-Washing Is Child’s Play September 23, 2014

By: Leann Bankoski, CFK Executive Director — Good health starts with good hygiene. And sometimes, the simplest solutions are the most effective—like washing your hands. For two years, CFK has been working with Ronald McDonald House Charities to improve the …

A Day in the Life of a CFK Student Volunteer July 24, 2014

By: Brandon Wong, CFK 2014 Peacock Fellow — Every year, Carolina for Kibera sends students to Kibera to design and implement short-term projects alongside staff members.  Prospective volunteers go through a rigorous application process for the James and Florence Peacock …

A Day Spent Cleaning Up Kibera June 20, 2014

By: Charlie Sessoms, UNC School of Nursing Volunteer — Daniel Mjee (Economic and Entrepreneurship Department Field Officer) tossed me a football jersey when I arrived Saturday morning, June 7, for the Taka ni Pato community trash clean-up event. And with …

Thinking Big: Richard’s Story March 31, 2014

It’s hard to believe that Richard, a CFK alumnus, could be any busier.  In addition to holding a job as a consultant and event planner, Richard is in his last year as a full-time university student studying economics and development, …

Education in Action: Effie’s Story December 3, 2013

In Kenya, going to school can be confusing and frustrating—or at least, paying for it can be.  Students and their families often worry about finding money for school fees that can increase dramatically from one year to the next.  Uncertain …

Interview with CFK Volunteer Liz Hall October 8, 2013

Liz volunteered in Kibera during the summer of 2009. She worked with Taka ni Pato (Trash is Cash), a community-managed solid waste management and recycling program. She worked with women’s and youth groups specifically to create small businesses that reuse …