When I went to Kenya with the ONE Moms last summer we visited the Mukuru kwa Njenga slum in east Nairobi. Like all slums we saw makeshift housing, some barely 10 x 10 rooms that housed entire families. We also visited the Mwangaza Tumaini school that taught some of the brightest children I’ve ever seen. Their zest for life and exuberance for learning was infectious especially when their classrooms were void of much light and the children live in dire poverty.
Today I received a tweet from David Kamau, an education specialist with a NGO in Nairobi slums. He informed me that the school may be demolished. Since last weekend there has been mass demolition of the slums because the people built their homes on private land.
Kamau David (@kamaudv) January 31, 2012
Three people have already been killed and others are protesting the demolition of their homes and livelihoods.
At this point I don’t think the school has been demolished. All I can do is hope that the school remains intact. The children need it!