Monday, 7 April 2014

Slum Soccer Opening Ceremony Tournament

Absolutely amazing success as we offically open the new slum soccer pitch in Mlango Kubwa. This is our second Slum Soccer pitch now and its becoming more obvious what an impact it makes when you transform unused space into somewhere young people can get together and be active. 

 The tournament brought people from all corners of the community who are all happy to see there is finally a place for young people to be active.

 Special appearance by Mathare MP K1 who came out and played!! It was an honour to have him come and play and support our efforts.

          Stay tuned for the Slum Soccer Documentary coming soon!!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014


Slum Soccer - It’s a very catchy name. Since this project started in January, the transformation has been very exciting and organic. Next monday we are planning for 5 truck loads of soil to put down to flatten the ground and create a smooth organic surface. We are also planning to do a large mural to add some color to the space. 
The importance of this space is so critical in a community where there is literally nowhere for young kids to run around. Mathare Environmental Conservation Youth Group is doing an amazing job at keeping the youth engaged and helping to bring this dream into a reality. They have proved in the past that they are environmental leaders by transforming parts of their community into vibrant green spaces

So stay tuned as UWH helps create a better environment for the youth of tommorrow!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Shredding and Grinding

A new machine has recently come into our possession. In industry terms, we call it an "Agglomerator"(awesome right?) essentially the machine turns plastic bags into $$$. Although there has been some tech problems getting it running, the machine is solid and has been running for the past week. 

Farouk doing some technical wizardry to get the machine connected to electricity.

The iron teeth inside shred the polythene bags. This is a really crazy design but it works and runs like a Bentley.

No shortage of plastic bags floating around the city! 

You only need one guy feeding the polythene into the machine.

Once the machine has been running for a little while it heats up and the shredded plastic starts coming out quickly.

Then its off to the industries where this will turn into cups, bowls, coat hangers or whatever you can think of. A lot better off than taking up space in our cities!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Vertical Gardens

Heres some photos to show you how we got into vertical gardens!

We are trying to promote urban agriculture as well as finding a way to keep our 50+ chickens from eating everything in their path. 

Friday, 31 January 2014

Mtaa Safi (Clean Neighbourhood)

A new initiative to find and implement sustainable solutions to issues facing garbage in communities has started in Nairobi and we are trying to get everyone on board. Please like the page and join the growing discussion on how to keep our environment clean >>> Mtaa Safi

Friday, 24 January 2014

At Large In Eastlands

 The best thing about a social hall is the diversity of each day. There is always so much going on and can alway expect for it to be different. The social hall earns income by hosting meetings and events. In this picture Kaka speaks at a forum on Informal Waste Management held by our friends at Spatial Collective.
 The next day the hall is full of young men who are part of the new fitness program that Up With Hope is supporting. A new paint job has given a new life to the centre for a fresh start in the new year. 
 Work as usual with Farouk at the centre in Makadara. Welding a wheelbarrow under the shade of a tree that we planted only 2 years ago but is growing into a part of the centre.
 The number of rabbits at the centre are growing (unsurprisingly). These guys devour a lot of organic waste from the neighbourhood.
 Our chickens eat just about everything as well as organic waste. Here they peacefully drink water outside their home.
 Some tools from a day of work.
 A paint job on the new gate as part of our effort to rebrand the centre and bring some color into the community.
 Mr. Farouk making things happen as his boy watches on.
 Meet Barack, original rasta baby 
Job done, this gate is so nice!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

New Slum Soccer Project

A couple weeks before christmas, a large group of tin shacks went up in flames and burnt to the ground. This piece of land is about a hundred metres from the Mathare Environmental Youth Centre. It was soon after discovered that the homes had been occupying public land when consulting a city council map.

The thinking gears went into immediate effect and Kaka the community leader decided that the land must be reclaimed for the public. All the youth of the area were told they should start to play football there and refuse anyone who wanted to start construction. If you see the picture above, at the bottom someone has already started construction claiming they owned the land before. 

Here are some renderings from a Canadian architect named Jonah Marrs. These will be the basis for our proposal to get funding to continue this project.

On January 18th we started to clean the surface so that the youth can occupy the whole area.

It was very dusty but a lot of youth turned out to help and had things going in no time.

All ages of youth were getting their hands on shovels. It was a great way for them to identify with the area and start a feeling of ownership of the area. 

Mr Kaka the mega community leader showing the kids how its done.

The area where the homes had burned down still had a lot of charcoal dust that made it very difficult to breath when shovelling. No guts - No glory is all there is to say.

There is still a lot of work to do on this project but for now the youth have a got a strong connection to the land. Now days where space for youth to grow and be safe from the negative elements of society, it is so important for them to have a sense of identity with their community.