Whilst any move to upgrade parts of the slum would seem to be a
welcome development, there does not appear to have been any
planning for the displaced former house occupiers who are now
homeless and having lost what few worldly goods they had.
History records that when similar 'improvements' were instigated
in April 2004 and a new road constructed on the site of former Kibera homes, the one square metre per person of space in
Kiberia was put under further pressure and the so called
improvements weren't sustained.
The other aspect of concern about the Kibera slum is the lack of
progress despite the literally hundreds of charitable
organisations that operate within the one square kilometre slum,
and who have done so for years, without, seemingly worked
together effectively to turn the slum around.
Yes there have
been some very minor improvements in exchange for the vast sums
of donations that have been forwarded to Kibera charities
including the provision of low cost roofing tiles made from sand
and clay; the provision of affordable electricity to some parts
of the slum at 300 Kenyan shillings per home, and the
installation of a couple of water pipes selling water at three
shillings for each 20 litres. Other water standing pipes have
been set up serving approximately forty families each.
Despite this there have been concerns expressed that Kiberia
is seen as a great charitable money raising project that certain
charities don't want to see resolved as an issue less funds dry
up. Yes, the problems are overwhelming, but they are local,
focussed and hundreds of workers are engaged and working in
situ. In the twenty first century it should be expected that
such resources achieve better outcome for the residents, and
particularly the children of Kibera, 100,000 of whom are orphans
with the bleakest future.