I know a handful of artists in Mukuru. There are a lot of youth in the slums, and most of them are un-and underemployed. To pass time, they join youth groups, listen to music, sometimes act or sing, some clean up their community, others exercise together. The clinic is interested in bonding with the youth- Kenya has a young population with 43% aged 15 and under.
Some of the youth in Mukuru were trained by French and German NGO programs that used to hold artist workshops in the slums. Others picked arts and handicrafts up in search of livelihoods. Others create with their youth groups.
Mongololoh is one of our community artists who stops by the clinic occasionally and knows our workers. Access Afya commissioned him to draw postcards of the Mukuru slums in the streets and path surrounding the clinic for donors to our crowdfunding campaign. We want our supporters to see the world we work in. $1.25 of each donation of at least $25 goes to supporting this artist. Each postcard we mail to supporters is signed by him.
I asked him if he had ever drawn his neighborhood before, and he said no. Usually, he draws Masaai warriors and lions and things that he can sell to tourists passing through Nairobi on their way to safaris. He told me he liked having a job where he was able to sit and draw his life.
He named the series “Mist in the Ghetto”, by Mongololoh.
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