Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Mlango Kubwa Talent Show

 We've been spending just about everyday getting blasted by the sun trying to put some finishing touches on the Slum Soccer field. They are times I always remember to appreciate as they are happening because building and working together is really why I do what I do. It can be stressful trying to balance our tiny budget and trying to make it something we are all proud of but I think the impact is bigger than we know.

In the meantime we had some support from our friends at Resurrection Church and Youth Impact Trust who helped put on a talent show for the kids of Mlango Kubwa who rocked out like never before. I was able to get some shots and put together a little video of the highlights.

Mlango Kubwa Talent Show - 2014 from Nathaniel C. on Vimeo.

Just so cool that now we have a chance to do stuff like this because there is a field in the community now. I can't wait to see what other cool events are gonna take place on the Slum Soccer field. 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

i HOPE you read this

When I see the news with war and crisis playing on repeat, I always hear one word that carries a lot of meaning to me. The word is hope. Victims need hope. Refugees need hope. Youth need hope. Countries need hope. The world needs HOPE.

Hope is the branch at the top of the tree. People all around the world who face enormous difficulties go to sleep at night hoping that tomorrow will bring something positive. This is what we (UWH) work towards everyday. Regardless of sleep, pay or resources, we work side by side so that tomorrow might look brighter than yesterday. I believe hope exists everywhere you look, except when you turn on the TV…

We work with next to no resources yet we have more achievements than most highly funded NGO’s can pray for. We host International professors, journalists, students and researchers but none of us have a degree. We attend expensive conferences that use our pictures and talk about doing things we do everyday. Yet when it comes time to do the work, we have to beg for every cent. It’s hope that gets us up every morning. Hope that our unity will make a difference in the lives of so many that are barely surviving in this difficult world. Hope that one day we’ll have a life we want.

Here's what we’re all about these days.

Guard dog station 

Guard dog guarding the inventory

Polyethylene gold mine. The mountain piles up as the machine runs full speed keeping pesty plastic bags off the street :)  

The agglomerator machine in action! This beast was tricky to get running smooth but it is a great addition to the Kamaliza centre and employs youth full time!

 $$ Trash - Is - Cash $$

 These guys bring cash and are delicious. Here's your sustainable protein.

!! WATER - IS - LIFE !!

Cool pic we found of our comrade Farouk and members during a clean up many years ago 

Participating in community meetings is a great tool to spread awareness and learn about what's going on with others.  

A meeting at the centre in Mathare with local youth doing waste management. There is a lot more to come on these inpspiring youth who are making historical steps to becoming recognized service providers. Our centre looks especially beautiful when it's full of people

Our comrade K2 has been coming regularly to inspire the youth of Mlango Kubwa. He plays movies for the kids at night on a projector and has screened our documentary in the community many times. We thank him for his support and his inspiring dedication.

I hope one-day people can live side by side without war. I hope that no one will have to have sell their body, rob or die trying to help their family. I hope that politics and governments will make the system better for its people and the environment. Most of all I hope that youth will have a future where they too can hope.

What do you hope for?

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.