Once the rain stopped, I went on a Bwaise slum tour. 50,000 people - 60% women and children, live in this particular area. 30% of the women are sex workers and HIV and AIDS is rampant.
Our guide, Salim, grew up in the slum and wants to make changes. He runs a not for profit organization providing an orphanage, schooling and food for the hundreds of kids. He is also running for local government-
Coca Cola has put in a clean water well that takes tokens. It costs about $1.67 for 50, 20 litre jerry cans. There is also a not treated spring where jugs can be filled. When it rains, the spring is filled with garbage and must be cleared out before it can be used-
60 students cram into this classroom-
English is the official language but if people don't attend school, they can't learn English, therefore they are not employable. The cycle continues.
Their hair is short to keep lice away. In spite of their difficult situations, they are very happy and friendly. The adults were much shyer, but most don't speak enough English to communicate.
It was an interesting day and makes me thankful for all that I have.
We have a very early start tomorrow - 5 am as we drive off to Rwanda!
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