The Hope of the Mathare Slum

Kent Shaffer —  March 8, 2010

A mist of alcohol hit my face. We were downwind from moonshiners.

This is the Mathare Slum, where the streets are made of garbage.  These 3 square miles of winding alleys are home to 800,000 people. It is Kenya’s second largest slum. It houses drug addicts, prostitutes, thieves, and gangs. And children are routinely exposed to alcohol, drugs, and pornography.

Mathare Slum

Mathare Slum

Mathare Slum

Mathare Slum

Mathare Slum

But admist the oppression is a bright shining hope… the children and staff of Mathare Community Outreach.

It provides the normal services of a Compaasion International project, but it also gives its kids special programs to identify each child’s passions and talents and nurture them through art, cooking, drama, singing public speaking, crafts, sports, and many more clubs. The Compassion International children of the Mathare Slum showcased their talents to us. Impressive doesn’t even begin to describe it.

These children are the hope of the Mathare Slum. They give credit to God, their teachers, and their Compassion International child sponsors. You can play a part in the latter. Sponsor a child today.

Mathare Slum

Compassion International

Compassion International

Compassion International

Compassion International

Compassion International

Mathare Slum

Photos by Keely Marie Scott.

Kent Shaffer

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I live in an RV with my wife and 2 kids and work with OpenChurch.com to help Christians collaborate and build a global Church library of free, open content.

5 responses to The Hope of the Mathare Slum

  1. Its amazing to see the hope in these children’s faces. Wow! In the middle of such a horrid sounding place, these kids can smile and shine!

  2. Amazing photos! (Props to Keely.)

    I love how they visually tell the story. I know that this is old, but thanks for doing this, Kent.

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