Human Rights' education and promotion in the slum of Korogocho
In Korogocho, 150,000 people live in extreme poverty on 1.5 sq.km. It is a marginalised community whose human rights are regularly violated: right to education; life and social security; health; an adequate standard of living and work.
We will provide a group of talented youths with the relevant theoretical and practical skills to demand and defend the human rights of the community. The objective is the creation of a network of youths able to get the community out of its social and economic exclusion. We will have two local partners: 1) Comboni missionaries; 2) Tangaza University College, which will be responsible for the academic programmes at the Human Rights' clubs in the schools and the Diploma in Civic Development and Education for the young adults.
Goal of the project: the community of Korogocho negotiates with the local authorities its requests for a positive social transformation and for the respect of human rights in the slum.
Duration of the project: 2019-2022
Korogocho is a slum of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
Nairobi has about 4.5 million inhabitants, of which 60% live in slums.
Korogocho is located next to the Dandora dumpsite, the largest in Kenya. It has about 150,000 inhabitants on 1.5 sq.km.
More than 90% of its residents live in shacks made of iron sheets, plastics, polyethylene bags or mud.
Without drinking water nor toilets, hygiene is precarious, so that diseases spread rapidly. The toxic wastes of the Dandora dumpsite poison the whole community. Yet, in Korogocho there is no hospital or a medical centre.
The youths are largely affected by unemployment. The difficult living conditions together with unemployment and hopelessness contribute to widespread crime, heavy drinking, domestic violence, drug abuse and addiction, abandonment of children and prostitution.
In Korogocho, there is only one public primary school and no public secondary school. Therefore, most families are obliged to send their children to private schools, which are often too expensive or of bad quality (the so-called informal schools, with untrained teachers and poor resources).
Insecurity and violence in the streets of Korogocho are widespread. Police is either absent or corrupt and violent with the local youth.
Thanks to its projects, North-South Cooperation has contributed to the empowerment of the community of Korogocho:
- It has built an educational community centre (St John's community centre) equipped with a library hosting 10,000 textbooks and an ICT centre with PCs and printers. This centre is attended by 2,200 young students.
- It has supported an informal primary school (Emmaus, which saves children from the Dandora dumpsite) through new classrooms, desks and textbooks.
- It has built a professional training centre for street youths (Daniel Comboni Vocational Centre).
- It is currently training a network of young Human Rights Defenders to promote and defend human rights in the community.