Categorie: Nicera Wanjiru

Iedere druppel telt

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 13 mei 2022

Tijdens de Covid pandemie werd de toch al schaarse toegang tot water nog nijpender in de sloppenwijken van de Keniaanse hoofdstad Nairobi. Het moest naast andere dingen nu ook nog gebruikt worden om je handen goed te wassen. Iedere druppel telt. In deze video aandacht voor het bijzondere ‘Wash First’ programma van Simavi en de Wash Alliance in Kenia. Samen met de lokale autoriteiten werd een programma gestart om 2000 scholen en gemeenschappen toegang te geven tot schoon water.

The Haitian photographer with a difference

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 24 januari 2022

From humble beginnings in Haiti, Lentini Theodore is now a world renowned photographer who has traversed many countries. Inspired by his modest background, he opted to shine a spotlight on the positive stories and ‘vibes’ in informal settlements from the Global South. Vice Versa Global speaks to the young professional photographer who is in Kenya for the first time.

Community Voices #2: The eviction of Mukuru slum

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 29 december 2021

Development comes with its fair share of setbacks. The worst impacted are slum inhabitants, who are frequently forcibly evicted to make room. During the covid 19 pandemic thousands of people have been uprooted from their homes in what is described as the worst eviction of the informal settlement history.  Vice Versa Global speaks with inhabitants of Mukuru kwa Jenga, the most recent victims of evictions.

More than radio

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 09 december 2021

Victor Juma established Bus Radio community station in Kajiado town centre to deliver solutions to local problems. It is the only licenced radio station in Kenya entirely in the hands of young people. Everyone told Juma it was ‘impossible’ – but he proved them all wrong. This is his story.

‘The oldest person at our water company is 33’

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 01 december 2021

Access to clean water could never be taken for granted, recalls Judith Soila Parantai from her childhood; the water was always far away and often dirty. She is now back on her home ground and has provided a village with tap water. ‘Nothing makes me happier.’

The post-election violence survivor creating tuberculosis awareness in Makueni County

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 23 november 2021

A survivor of the 2007-08 Kenya’s post-election violence, Ann, witnessed firsthand how lack of access to proper medication led to the death of many during that period. She turned that traumatic experience into her passion; helping out the sick and vulnerable in the society. Vice Versa Global speaks to the community health worker who is also a TB Champion.

Community Voices #1: Waste Management Solutions

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 10 september 2021

Today on Vice Versa Global: A trash survey documentation led by community mappers Kenya in the informal settlements of Mathare, Majengo, Kariobangi and Kibera. The aim of the survey is to track trash patterns in the aforementioned regions so as to come up with sustainable and inclusive waste management solutions. Through the study, relevant stakeholders are invited to help facilitate and enhance implementation. The survey was powered by Urban Llum, University of Twente, and Urban Lab.

‘Championing for the rights of the child is my priority’

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 06 september 2021

As far-fetched as this might sound, sanitary towels are still a rare commodity to some girls. Coming from poor backgrounds, these girls will end up missing school during that time of the month due to lack of these basic commodities. But thanks to campaigns like ‘Nasimama na Wao’ (I Stand With Them) led by the young Ramlah Ramadhan from Tanzania, such situations are slowly becoming a thing of the past

Farming made possible in urban slums

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 18 augustus 2021

A group of young people, in an effort to clean and rehabilitate, turned a dump site into a farm. They were able to commercialize the project while giving back to the community at the same time. They achieved this by offering their produce for free to those who were unable to afford it.

The impact of climate change on women

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 23 juli 2021

Climate change is the biggest catalyst of poverty. Due to archaic patriarchal systems, women have limited access to basic human rights like the ability to move freely and acquire land. So, as climate change intensifies, women will struggle the most in both the rural and urban setup, especially in informal settlements.

The blind community health volunteer

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 07 juli 2021

Losing your eye sight can be devastating even at old age. People who were close to you distance themselves and even family members might treat you differently because they see you as a burden. After losing her eyesight Angela Nzilani went through an extremely difficult time trying to accept the fact that she would never see light again. The only people who came to her rescue were Community Health Volunteers. Now she is one of them herself and has a clear message to the world: “If you see a person living with disability, don’t see the disability but see their ability. We are normal people. Stop referring to us by our disability.”

The small food paradise on Rusinga Island

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 23 juni 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with a locust invasion, has led to an acute food shortage in informal settlements and rural areas of Kenya. Families have been forced to go without meals, sometimes for days, which has led to malnutrition. However the situation in Rusinga Island is much different. Apart from having food on the table, the residents also have money in their pockets from their farm produce. Nicera Wanjiru travelled there as she sought to get to the root of this success story.

Meet East Africa’s Youth Parliament

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 09 juni 2021

East Africa Youth are a young, energetic and curious group of people. If we as East Africa invested in harnessing their potential, then the region would attain most, if not all, of its development goals. However, they are faced with numerous challenges. Is the East Africa Youth Parliament the savior?

Days of mourning as floods sweep through Kibera

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 19 mei 2021

Residents of Kibera in Nairobi woke up to a morning of destruction and mourning after flesh floods swept through the area. This has become a common occurrence in the area every time it rains and it’s about time long lasting solutions were effected. The most practical solution is we plant trees instead of houses along the river banks. Vice Versa Global’s own Nicera Wanjiru, who grew up and resides in Kibera, narrates her experience on that particular day.

Sex in the slums: a game of hide and seek

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 05 mei 2021

Picture this if you can. You live in a modest 10 by 10 structure constructed from corrugated iron sheets. In this house, you stay with either your girlfriend or wife, plus a couple of kids some of them teenagers. Now, what would you do if you wanted to make love to your partner in such a scenario? Keep in mind most, if not all, of these houses actually face each other. What would you consider?

The peculiar group of old wazee

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 03 april 2021

Imagine if trees gave off Wi-Fi signals. We would be planting so many trees and we’d probably save the planet too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe. As we celebrate the birth month of one of the greatest environmentalists of our time, Wangari Maathai, we are reminded by a group of senior citizens that it’s never too late to make a change and plant that tree.

Spotlights on the unseen heroines from the communities

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 08 maart 2021

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, Vice Versa Global celebrates three women who have gone an extra mile sacrificing time, energy and even using there own recources to cure problems being faced by women in their communities. Our reporter Nicera Wanjiru had a talk with Florence Adhiambo, Sarah Dafar and Zelpha Ingasiah. All from different informal settlements but driven by passion to change the situations women face. Little is know about these women.