Start Somewhere is a non-profit limited company from Munich with eight years of experience in development cooperation in one of the largest slums in Africa: Kibera, Nairobi (Kenya). Our vision is the sustainable improvement of living conditions in the slums of this world. Specifically, we are developing a flexible, reusable, cost-effective and fireproof construction system for buildings in slums. The resulting hollow concrete blocks can be assembled and disassembled by hand as a modular, mortarless plug-in system. For the first time, any angle can also be realised steplessly in the floor plan.
In this way, the first school building is to be constructed as a pilot project in Kibera by 2020. The pilot project includes the construction of a hollow concrete block factory already constructed and a school building in Kibera by the end of 2020. Local workers employed in the factory will first be trained to produce the hollow concrete blocks and then use them to build the school.
With your help we would like to build more houses in Kibera as a non-profit organization - mainly for education and disadvantaged families, single mothers or orphans in Kibera. From October we will be able to hire 6 workers from Kibera on a part-time basis for a longer period of time to produce the hollow concrete blocks for the construction of the two-storey school building. We would like to maintain and expand these jobs in the long term. At present, the huts in Kibera are being built in inadequate quality with mud, wood and corrugated iron with materials purchased from outside the slum. Further construction projects in the slum are to follow the school building project, so that the project gains more visibility and the jobs remain. It is our big goal that the slum can change from the inside to the positive with less and less help from the outside.
Since 2011 we have supported two schools in the Kibera slum with a total of over 800 children through donations. This includes two daily meals in the school, medical care and equipment for the schools.