In 2011, Oliver von Malm, a student of architecture from Innsbruck/Austria, visits Kibera Slum in Nairobi/Kenya – one of the biggest slums in Africa und worldwide. According to the UN, the population of Kibera counts approximately 700.000 residents with more than 2000 people per ha. Kibera suffers from huge poverty and pollution through rubbish, waste water and faeces. For children in Kibera, education is the only chance to be able to escape misery on their own.
Dedicated unpaid teachers founded the schools for the children whose parents cannot afford to send them to public schools. In 2011 most of the children came to school without breakfast, because their parents can only afford one meal a day. Due to constant hunger it was hard for the students to concentrate. At their own expense the teachers tried to provide food for the children and therefore had to work at night. To support these great teachers and their students Oliver founded “Start Somewhere” and has conducted regular fund-raisers since then, using this logo.
In the past 4 years “Start Somewhere” was already able to make a difference through numerous private donation events in Innsbruck and Munich, personal effort in Kibera and the cooperation with two other NGO´s. For example payment and education for teachers, breakfast, lunch and trips for students, teaching materials such as tables, books and pencils, new class room and the construction of a terrace with a sewage system. A tailor’s shop was founded together with the students’ parents to financially support the school.
In 2016, Oliver von Malm has finished his master thesis in Architecture and Start Somewhere has become a Non-Profit Organization with dedicated members. Oliver`s master thesis is about the construction of a new school building that shall be built by the slum residents. Find more information here: >> schoolproject