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?