Mathare is collection of slum areas in Nairobi, Kenya. The population includes hundreds of thousands of children. Although pollution, poverty, disease, and crime are ever-present, hope lives there too.
One way out for children is vision and empowerment. A foundation started by former slum-dweller Julius Mwelu is giving children the opportunity to express themselves through photos and videos. The Mwelu Foundation teaches young people about photography, film production, journalism. It also helps them look at themselves and their community through a wider lens.
About Laura Grace Weldon
Laura Grace Weldon is a writer, editor, conflict resolution educator, and marginally useful farm wench. She is the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything. She lives with her family on Bit of Earth Farm. Check out life on the farm at http://bitofearthfarm.wordpress.com/ and keep up with Laura's relentless optimism at http://lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2/