Slumfest keeps evolving with brilliant ideas and concepts and to be true to the feelings of society, the third occasion was based on the many infected and affected persons living with HIV.
On the special invitation of Afya Kenya Foundation – a student run health support institution we had met at a medical camp they organized at Missionaries of Charity – Huruma; their acceptance to mobilize for an extensive testing and counseling session was big boost.
World Aids Day, 1st December 2009 was the day and St. Teresas Girls Primary School the chosen venue – all in the ready for a great occasion. “Mpango NI LIFE!” A mix of language to build a connection to society was the theme to create awareness on the value of accepting the infected and affected and living amongst them as part of family to reduce Stigma.
Hope World Wide Kenya working with Orphans and Vulnerable Kids in the region, mobilized care givers and community health workers who were in attendance with 700 Children to share their experiences and connect on this day. Kenya Modeling Fraternity now KMF Talent Global touched the hearts of Mukuru – another slum right in the heart of Industrial Area by bringing over 30 Girls practicing for the Miss Viwandani Beauty Pageant to be held later on in the year. The girls many undergoing transformation due to challenges of teen sex and poverty were ready for a Slumfesting Experience and when they hit the catwalk, claps, hums and mums filled the airspace on that cool day. Today, Diana – who was crowned Miss Viwandani, has made a name in the Fashion and Modeling industry and Slumcode was proud to have given the platform.
Mc. Mswaki or Toothbrush as he is famously known coupled with Mc. Scar to keep the mood swinging into colour and bubble.
The space created for voluntary testing and counseling was compelling and over 92 young people offered to have their first HIV test done, James Midambo said, “this is creative, I had always dreaded entering a VCT Site but today, I just loved it. I now know my status”
Another key partner in service who brought a new twist to the Slumfesting mood was Action Network for the Disabled – ANDY Kenya. Thanks to Mr. Raphael Mbalo and Fred Ouko who made this possible. The sign language and translation was a whole new experience for many. The deaf mute and blind did enjoy in their unique style.
And for the first time a youthful group of artists came together to have a track dedicated to Slumfest(listen here) in appreciation of what Slumcode and Slumfest Initiative has done to their community.
There is not let up in the possibilities of a good cause. We are more than thankful to all who volunteer their energy to make this day a great success. Words cannot be enough to show we appreciate.
Dominik Byrne from the UK with his friends at University are meanwhile looking at how to support Slumfest Four of 2010.