kibera slum

the first project we visited on the Compassion Kenya Vision Trip was in the village of Silanga.  It is one of ten villages.  It is the biggest slum in Africa and one of the largest in the world.  It sits on the Southwest of Nairboi and is about 3.5 miles away. As our first experience and visit it sets the tone for what we are walking into.  our hosts were beyond gracious and the love of the students was overwhelming.  they were all so overjoyed for our presence.  for me this was my first time with object poverty.  it was numbing and yet in the midst of not having much there was a deeper sense of having much more.

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this area is considered to be high poverty..with most housholds earning a dollar or less per day.  We were escorted in and out of this area with armed guards because the crime rate is so high.  The literacy levels are low.  And many is not most schools are not equipped to teach and are over run with students.  Compassion is making a huge difference in the lives of those who live here and are part of the Child Development Center.  All but 3 of their 268 children are sponsored.  Which is similar fact for most of their projects.  Though many more could be impacted…they fact that Compassion is leveraging the Kingdom impact here is staggering.