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.
Poverty is complex – its solutions are never easy. The best strategies address the needs of the whole person. We believe that the residents of Kibera are true development experts. Its ambitious young people have resounding hope and remarkable creativity. They have the talent and initiative to create real, sustainable change. Oftentimes all they need are the resources and a support network to help their ideas thrive.
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.