Dandora L.O.V.E / by Steven Kitoto

The moment I knew I was making a trip to Dandora automatically this jam began bumping in my head. I had to get into the right mood right?

Dandora is an eastern suburb in Nairobi, Kenya. It is part of the Embakasi division. Surrounding neighbourhoods include Kariobangi, Baba Dogo, Gitare Marigo and Korogocho. Dandora was established in 1977, with partial financing by the World Bank in order to offer a higher standard of housing.

Nairobi's principal dumping site is situated in Dandora. The dump is a sprawling dumpsite, over 30 acres, in the heart of the Nairobi slums of Korogocho, Baba Ndogo, Mathare and Dandora. It opened in 1975 with World Bank funds and was deemed full by 2001. It is interesting the amount of hustling that goes on in this place, just went to show that the resilient nature of humans can be quote something to marvel. Numerous businesses exist in the heart of the dumpsite, all owned by people seeking to make a living. Onetouch got a chance to tour a bit of the dumpsite some time back and here are a few shots. Hope you enjoy them.

While touring we were made to understand that the smoke that billows from beneath the trash is actually fires that never burn out, due to the numerous chemicals and mixture of things and trash that smokes billows even through the rains. The amazing thing about such places and visiting them is that the resilience and hard working nature of some people is quite astounding, despite the unforgiving environment yyou find thriving businesses right in the hub of this massive dumpsite.

To top it off is an image of my favourite meal :) Chapati.