Kenyan Photobook Project
“…I sometimes ask myself whether we shall be able to overcome and make it through to take care of the children” – Lenar is an older person living in Viwandani Informal Settlement
This gallery has been created using a selection of images included in a recent Photovoice project. The project is the result of a collaboration between ARISE partner LVCT Health and community members, co-researchers, living in Korogocho and Viwandani informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. Photovoice is a qualitative method used in community-based participatory research to gather information, stories, and personal experiences of participants.
Co-researchers were taken through a two-day training to discuss ethics and techniques around photography. They were then supplied with smart phones to enable them to gather images. These images were then coupled with in-depth interviews, which allowed for deeper understanding of the images, after which each participant selected five images which represented their story. The whole process was consultative and co-creation with community groups helped us to unearth important themes and priorities in the research work.
This gallery is a selection of some of those images which help describe the experiences and priorities of people living in informal settlements. The images, taken by older people, community health volunteers, people with disabilities, and children who head households, cover themes such as environment and utilities, water and hygiene, work and education, health, disability and accessibility.
With thanks to…
The following colleagues at LVCT Health: Dr Lilian Otiso, Nelly Muturi, Inviolata Njoroge, Linet Okoth, Faith Munyao, Sakibu Lyaga, Mercy Kihiu, Jane Muturi and Robinson Karuga.
Hayley Stewart and Kate Hawkins of Pamoja Communications
The Community leaders in both Korogocho and Viwandani for their support as we implemented the study.
Special gratitude to all the co-researchers in Viwandani and Korogocho Informal Settlements who gave us insights on vulnerability and marginalisation through photo voice and interviews.
We dedicate this book to Jacob, who happily shared his life with us so that we could use his story to inspire change for thousands of others living in urban slums. Your friends in Korogocho will miss your genuine concern for their welfare and the environment.
“Lord make me an instrument of your peace” – St Francis of Assisi