Categorie: Nicera Wanjiru
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.