What We Do

Korogocho Self Help Project



Our object is to help people in the poorest communities to have decent homes. We try to improve the lives of people living in slums and our aim is to support community-led housing initiatives.


After extensive sponsored research in the Nairobi area, we encouraged the establishment of a self-help group of 26 families living in the Korogocho slums. The group is known as Mwamko. Lower down the page we include brief stories about three of the families;  this provides an insight into the slum conditions.


A 2 acre site with clean title on the outskirts of Nairobi has been purchased.


We are being assisted by numerous volunteers including two graduate engineers, and by students from the Technical University of Kenya.  We have secured a grant from UN-Habitat for training appropriate members of the 26 families to acquire skills in construction..


The Altaawon Trust (AT) in Kenya has provided office facilities and a meeting room and helps with Mwamko’s administration costs; AT was founded by some of the youth in Korogocho and their priority is intervention in education, healthcare and livelihood within the slum

Korogocho is situated 7 km Northeast of the city centre of Nairobi, within the city boundaries and is the fourth largest slum area in Nairobi after Kibera, Mathare and Mukuru. An estimate of total population in the settlement ranges from 200,000 to 250,000 inhabitants:  densities of over 2500 people per hectare make it one of the most densely populated informal settlements in the city and in Kenya as a whole.  Korogocho is located in Kasarani Division on land that is partly government and partly privately owned in the proximity of a dumping site at Dandora.

These photos are typical of the conditions in which the Mwamko families live – lack of basic urban services (water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, power and roads), high population densities, high unemployment levels and illiteracy has resulted in a large percentage of the city of Nairobi’s population living in deplorable conditions.


Milestones achieved so far:

  • 2 acres of land bought, clean title registered
  • Planning permission granted
  • Site layout and housing design done professionally, pro bono, to criteria suggested by MWAMKO members in conjunction with CHG (Kenya) and CHT
  • layout to allow small plots for families for food or providing income, eg keeping chickens
  • plans for water harvesting, bio-digester and other sustainability measures developed
  • The Lotto Foundation in Kenya has pledged Kshs 580,000 (£4,344) towards the installation of water tanks and water tower in due course.


Picture gallery

Meet the volunteers and just a few of the people we've helped thanks to your support.