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Andolo – the last frontier in Kibera – KPSP10
Andolo – the last frontier in Kibera – KPSP10

  In Nairobi’s informal settlement of Kibera, there’s an area that not only lacks development and infrastructure, but has also seen plenty disaster. The local community calls this area Andolo (meaning deep sleep in sub-tribes of Luyha), where disaster is shaped by a number of challenges, including high levels of illiteracy (few residents have received […]

Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda – Lessons on Understanding Risk and Building Resilience
Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda - Lessons on Understanding Risk and Building Resilience

By: Joe Mulligan and Shreya Mitra

El Niño in Kibera
El Niño in Kibera

      The El Niño. After months of anticipating the coming of El Niño, the intensified, heavy rainfall has arrived in Nairobi as expected. Already the annual long rains has caused noticeable flooding in a number of places in Nairobi and in the country at large. These rains caused both loss of life and property worth […]

A Productive Public Learning Space in Kibera – Anwa Junior Academy.
A Productive Public Learning Space in Kibera - Anwa Junior Academy.

KDI-Kenya has recently initiated a new set of projects within the growing Kibera Public Space Project (KPSP) network that look specifically at creating “Productive Public Learning Spaces” – developed on the same principles as KPSP but with a programmatic focus on education. This September we have started design workshops with the Anwa Junior Academy (pictured here).  In […]

KPSP07 Design Workshop 02
KPSP07 Design Workshop 02

The second kibera public space project (KPSP07) workshop happened on the 30 August. The aim of the second workshop was; to capture outstanding information that could not be collected during the first workshop and get the community group to start prioritising the programs (or activities) that they wanted to incorporate in the project. First we […]

KPSP07 Design Workshop 01 .
KPSP07 Design Workshop 01 .

On 23 August, the design process for KPSP07 started. With this first workshop, KDI’s aim was to understand the context of the space.  Through a series of exercises, we asked the 74 community members of the community to provide us with information about the site. The workshop started with an energetic ice breaker, where a […]

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT.
YOUTH ENGAGEMENT.

Kibera is documented many times as the largest slum in East Africa with an estimated population ranging between 100,000 and one million inhabitants.  Here, it is reported that young people constitute 70% of the population and unemployment stands at 70%. There are many complex challenges such a lack of education, access to basic services and […]

Design Workshop for KPSP 05
Design Workshop for KPSP 05

Between the 26th of January and the 1st of April 2013, we conducted four Design Workshops to initiate our newest project, Kibera Public Space Project 05. Community participants partook in exercises and activities that drew out the information the designers will use to create the project plans. From deciding the programs and businesses to the […]

Narok Water Exploration
Narok Water Exploration

On the 11th of January the KDI team was invited to Lengina primary school, a 3 hour drive outside of Nairobi towards the Maasai Mara. We were welcomed by many members of the community, including Julius – who had invited KDI to visit, the community elders, the village chief, and many more interested in seeing […]

KPSP03: The Launch
KPSP03: The Launch

  For a long time the dream of accomplishing this project seemed far from becoming a reality, but now we are happy to say that it has come true. It was not easy bringing KPSP 03 to this point of celebration. Since starting the project in September 2011 with physical construction and clean-ups supported by […]

Starting the Year Off Right: North Shore, Seguro y Limpio
Starting the Year Off Right: North Shore, Seguro y Limpio

If the first week of 2013 is any indication, this year will be a busy and exciting one for us here at KDI. On the First Friday of January we held our First community meeting for our Second project in the Eastern Coachella Valley. The project will be located in North Shore, a four-neighborhood community […]

KPSP 04: Designing a Public Space
KPSP 04: Designing a Public Space

Participatory design is the bedrock of every KDI Productive Public Space. An active role by the community in the design process helps us to create projects that address pressing community needs and ensure sustainable change. This summer in Kibera our intern, April Schneider, designed and conducted each of the workshops for KPSP 04. The workshops […]

KPSP 04: A Journey to Start
KPSP 04: A Journey to Start

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve shared with you blog posts on the clean-up and official launch of our fourth site in Kibera: KPSP 04. What we haven’t shown you is the long journey it took – over the last 9 months – in order to start construction. After a long Request for Proposals […]

KPSP 04: Here we go!
KPSP 04: Here we go!

On Saturday the 15th of September, KDI formally launched our fourth project in Kibera: KPSP 04. Ground breaking was done by District Officer Hesbon Kayesi and the area Chief Ombati. There were presentations from community members from KPSP 01, 02, 03 and our future site 05. The community groups from KPSP 04 presented. The Ndovu women […]

Haiti in March: Day 2-6
Haiti in March: Day 2-6

After arriving safely in St. Louis du Nord we spent the next few days taking full advantage of our time in Haiti with full-day community workshops, site visits, measuring topography, and completing a pilot project. While we spent most of our time in Bonneau we did make a short site visit to the Far West, […]

St. Anthony PPS Launch
St. Anthony PPS Launch

While past posts have introduced to you our first US-based project, here in Southern California in the Eastern Coachella Valley, we are finally proud to say that the project is launching! After securing a grant from the California Endowment through their Building Healthy Communities Initiative, we are getting the ball rolling. This Sunday at St. […]

Bonneau, Haiti PPS
Bonneau, Haiti PPS

The PPS in Bonneau, Haiti will involve the revitalization of the central marketplace. KDI will be working with a 75-person community group, Tête Ensemble – meaning Heads Together, to transform the town’s open-air market into a Productive Public Space. Based on preliminary design meetings with community members, the PPS will expand upon the existing market […]

New Project in Haiti!
New Project in Haiti!

In addition to starting a new project in Coachella and continuing those in Kenya, KDI is beginning a project in Haiti! The site is in Bonneau which is located in Northwest Haiti and is one of the poorest rural areas of the country. Site visits in October 2010, and June 2011 included community meetings and […]

St. Anthony Productive Public Space
St. Anthony Productive Public Space

During workshops at St. Anthony, the community identified three major issues: lack of a central gathering space to house committee meetings and foster social cohesion, a safe recreation area for youth and affordable food accessibility. The Productive Public Space (PPS), in St. Anthony, which is currently in the participatory design phase addresses these needs of […]

St. Anthony Trailer Park: KDI’s First US-Based Site
St. Anthony Trailer Park: KDI's First US-Based Site

KDI’s first U.S. site will be working with the residents in the St. Anthony Trailer Park near Mecca, CA in the Eastern Coachella Valley. St. Anthony is home to an estimated 570 people (approximately 282 children, 100 teenagers, and 188 adults), all from the same area in Michoacán, Mexico. In February 2011, KDI conducted several […]

kpsp01: checkers club + new event board
kpsp01: checkers club + new event board
kpsp02: newly elected leaders of the newly formed, Riverside Usafi Group
kpsp02: newly elected leaders of the newly formed, Riverside Usafi Group
a word from our intern, Aidan:

http://arashap.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/day-15-kdi-project-2-clean-up/

community action @ kpsp02
community action @ kpsp02
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