A Christmas Tree for Kibera
We have a few exciting Christmas-based tours where children can experience the festive spirit in other countries, while also being a part of the celebrations. This tour, however, is even more unique as it truly celebrates the spirit of peace, love and unity that Christmas stands for, and lets children make a meaningful impact.
On this tour we will take children to Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. You will learn about day-to-day life in the slums and also hear many stories of positivity despite all the challenges. More importantly, children will make a positive impact with this tour as we will be setting up and decorating a Christmas tree at a Children’s home in the slum.
Every participating child will be able to send a personalised message which will be adorned on the special Christmas tree. This tour will also enable every child at the home to get a Christmas gift from those attending, bringing children together in a meaningful way. Globe From Home’s presenter in Kibera, will distribute the gifts to the children while on the zoom tour so attending children can watch the joy they bring.
Rather than being a tour that focuses on adversity, this experience is created to inspire empathy, positivity and foster real connections.
Located 4 miles from the city centre of Nairobi, Kibera is the largest urban slum in Africa and the third largest in the world. Housing nearly 200,000 dwellers, Kibera is an eco-system teeming with life and holds important life lesson for the world, and especially children.
This tour is a celebration of the life and the positive stories that come out of Kibera despite the fact that most residents live in extreme poverty and earn less than $1 a day. Residents live in 12ft x 12ft shacks which house up to 8 people. The slums have no toilets, and until recently had no access to clean water. (Now the slums have two water lines- one from the municipal council and one from the World Bank, and residents collect water at rationed times). There are few schools, and most people cannot afford education for their children. The only hospitals that service Kibera are run by charitable organisations.
Despite all these challenges, Kiberans have evolved to adapt to life. Children and youngsters find entertainment in music and sports. Residents find means of commerce and livelihood.
Luke Kagose, who grew up in Kibera and pursued an education in eco-tourism, has been involved with aid work for providing opportunities for children.
On this tour, Luke will give you first-hand insight into day to day life in the slums. You will meet locals and learn more about their lives. You will see the Ugandan railway line that runs through the slums which has played a part in the origin of Kibera. (In the early part of the 20th century, the British government gave Kenyan soldiers in its regional army the right to live on public land near the railway tracks, leading to the creation of Kibera).
· One hour, live, interactive session from Kibera which can be accessed from home or school.
· Led by a local Kibera guide.
· Includes an exploration of the life in the slums and positive impact projects.
· Special Christmas tree at a children’s home with personalised messages from those attending.
· Live distribution of Christmas gifts to children at the home, so those attending can be a part of the joy they bring.
Tour Date & Time:
Monday 21st December, 2.00 pm GMT