Monday, 22 September 2014

GRANDTIGER ADVENTURE

So much for wifi at home... Thought I could post a few pics while doing some work in a local cyber. This was during a trip to eastern Kenya for a friend who was shifting some furniture to their rural home. Later this night I was arrested (Police love to hassle me) because my Canadian ID which shows my province is British Columbia immediately made the officer think I was a Columbian Drug Smuggler and wanted to see my passport that I didn't carry. The policeman's truck had a big sticker on it "GRANDTIGER". Three hours of diplomacy and negotiating in the police station later I was released.

 






Next post I promise to post pictures of actual work we have been doing. So busy!!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Slum Soccer Girls Tournament

How unfair would it be to have a community tournament for guys only? We had to give a chance to the girls to show off their skills and here is the video to show how awesome it was :)
Slum Soccer - Girls Tournament - 2014 from Nathaniel C. on Vimeo.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Buru Buru UWH Dispatch

We got wifi in the apartment (still can't believe!) so I told myself to take advantage and post more pictures. I don't even want to think of the hours in my life spent uploading pictures and video from little cyber cafes.  Some daily life pics sent from the comfort of my couch in Buru Buru, Nairobi. 

Muddy walks 

Outdoor movie night in Mlango Kubwa

Impressed by this boys Buddha like calmness

 Killed the cock

 After school snack

Lay down a bwal

Friday, 5 September 2014

Nairobi Grinding



Just hopped across the pond to get back to my #1 city. The only thing in my luggage was a bunch of sneakers and football boots for all my miniature hustlers who keep me on my toes.

"If it's too loud, You're too old" it says on the bus taking me to a Co-op meeting with some colleagues. Dancehall - G-Rap - Gospel anthems serenade us all the live long day as we wind through the slums meeting friends while I deliver all the gems I found in Canada to my comrades. 


Handed over one thousand dollars worth of Playstation 3 games for the Mathare Centre. Racing against my bro through the Alps in a Lamborghini, just another day in paradise ;) 


I am jet lag proof, hit up a waste management meeting first thing next morning and got to see some more special comrades. 


A comrade by the name of George Obama. This is my homie George, the brother of the most powerful man on the planet. 


My main brathaman Kaka who is always there at the airport with a ride waiting to take me on endless adventures. We got some adventures planned so don't forget to check back on us!!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Slum Soccer Documentary now online!

Our Slum Soccer documentary is finally online  This is dedicated to all youth around the world who are surviving this crazy world. Be a voice in your community! UNITY IS STRENGTH - UMOJA NI NGUVU

Slum Soccer - Up With Hope - 2014 from Nathaniel C. on Vimeo.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

SLUM SOCCER TAKING OVER


Occasionally I scream out loud in shock. Curious children love yanking on the bushy hair that covers my legs. I look down and see a kid staring at a fistful of my leg hair in his hand. Wonderful, curious children. I know so many and they all love the same thing. What they have never seen before. Kids want to know everything and do everything but they get left to themselves to do it.

                                             

The ground had barely stopped smoking after a group of shacks had burned down when youth of Mathare Environmental Conservation Youth Group started talking about reclaiming the land for the public. The land had been grabbed illegally and was filled with informal tin structures. The community had no space for the twenty four thousand youth who grow up in some of the most squeezed conditions in the world. Kaka the leader of the community announced it was to be redeveloped as a pitch for kids to play ball. Any investment into sports within a community is bound for success and the Slum Soccer project was a no brainer after the results we got from the first Slum Soccer pitch. Building a bigger pitch only one hundred meters from the community centre had a nice ring to it, and in no time we all had shovels flinging dirt around.
  
                                     

I’m going to save the details for the documentary that will be coming out shortly that I wish everyone watches. I just want to take a second to describe the impact that building this field has had on the community of Mlango Kubwa. Anyone who has ever donated or volunteered or helped out in some way for Up With Hope has helped create something that can bring communities to a stand still as they come together to celebrate youth and unity. Yesterday we had a girls tournament that some are claiming beat the opening tournament event. I could agree. Now its not just kids who are seeing things for the first time but an entire community. It is powerful. It is HOPE.

                         

Stay tuned for more on how to see the SLUM SOCCER Documentary!