About Mathare

Mathare Slum is one of the oldest and the worst slums in Africa.
Home to over 700,000 people occupying an area of two miles long by one mile wide. The setting is characterized by narrow open raw sewer filled alley ways outside corrugated metal one room homes. There is no access to basic amenities like clean water, food, clothing, shelter and healthcare. Gangs, prostitution, incest and rape, violence, drugs, drunkenness and they make changa (literally means “kill me quick”), which is an alcoholic drink that causes blindness or death due to methanol poisoning.


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