As the world’s population increasingly leaves rural areas for cities, sprawling settlements like Kibera grow at unprecedented rates. Kibera is one of the most densely populated urban settlements in the world. An untold number of people, possibly as many as 500,000, crowd a 632-acre area outside of Nairobi, Kenya.
In this small, crowded community, residents struggle to meet basic needs — daily meals, clean water, adequate housing. Gender inequality, limited access to education, ethnic violence and a lack of jobs further impede individual and community progress.
At our core, we believe that community problems require local solutions run by local leaders. We partner with the community of Kibera to create sustainable, positive solutions. We work alongside local leaders to champion change and join with individuals and groups who believe in a better future for Kibera.
Poverty shapes whole communities for generations. The best strategies for overcoming its effects and progressing towards a better future must come from within the community itself.
Established in 2001, Carolina for Kibera (CFK) is an international, nongovernmental organization based in the informal settlement of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. In the United States, CFK is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and major associated entity of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.