Unlocking the World

September 17, 2012
Unlocking the World

The Ujamaa Family Centre, a Marianist adult educational program in Nairobi, opens doors to opportunity.

Teresia Motari is not your typical student. But by American standards, nothing about Teresia’s life is typical. For the past 15 years she’s been living with her husband, Alfred, and their three children in Mukuru kwa Njenga — a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi.

By some estimates, nearly 600,000 people live in Mukuru, a makeshift squatter’s camp that is notorious for its squalor, disease and high crime rates.

“Life here is very difficult,” says Teresia, noting that food, water and medicine are hard to obtain and sanitary conditions are deplorable. “It is not a good place to raise children.”

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