Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, and the largest urban slum in Africa, with an area of about 1 square mile and population estimates that range from 150,000 to 1,000,000. A 2008 detailed and systematic study concluded Kibera has as many as 270,000 residents. The most densely populated city in the world is Manilla, with 111,000/square mile. The most densely populated city in the United States, Union City, New Jersey, is just under 53,000/square mile.
Most of those living in the slum are extremely poor by western standards. The average income is less than $1 a day. High unemployment, rampant HIV/AIDS, and violent crime are facts of life for the residents. There is no formal infrastructure, clean water is scarce, and there is no developed sewage system. The lack of sanitation, poor nutrition, and very little access to health care contribute greatly to the hardships experienced by those living in Kibera.
Housing in Kibera (Photo by Colin Crowley)
It is here, in a place that may seem impenetrably dark to some, that God has called us to be His light. It is here that Imbumi Makuku preaches His word. It is here where the KRPC ministers to the image bearers of Christ that live in Kibera. It is here that missions teams provide medical care, and receive the love and warmth that flow freely from the students, teachers, and staff. It is here that the students at the KRPC School receive a Biblically based education, and meals funded by our Kibera Kids program.