…Champion of the #RebrandingSlumsOfAfrica Mission – WE CAN DO IT.

SLUMFEST FOUR KENYA 2010.

Theme: “Inspiring Leadership to shape community interventions”

Venue: Pumwani Boys Secondary School Grounds – opposite Pangani Police Station.

Date: 14th August 2010.

Sponsoring Partners:

Liverpool VCT, I Choose Life Africa, Kenya Commercial Bank – Eastleigh, St. John Ambulance, Coca Cola and Friends of Slumcode UK Chapter. A host of exhibitors including Jua Kali artisan James Njoroge, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, NAVNET and Wasanii Kenya.

The warm Saturday begun with setup by exhibitors and a colourful display was done ready for the Slumfestors – as they have become known. Citizen Television through their morning Power Breakfast had just given us airtime to share with the viewers all about Slumcode and Slumfest and with Dominik Byrne from the UK in Nairobi to help in the organizing – all was set to go.

Arrivals begin and music plays. Participants coming in the ready to have another surprise and this time – St. Johns volunteers are ready to teach the basic processes of a CPR, First Aid and many other techniques of getting lives out of danger under the command of Beatrice Omondi a key facilitator.

Food forms a major part of the festival and fires together with smoke burn away in a corner. Soon Chapati, Beef Stew, Vegetables, Tea and snacks will be served at affordable rates to all attending.

Thanks to Coca Cola team, we have a truck with a drop stage and powerful music to keep everyone shaking their heads and legs with Mc. Romeo (Kenneth Ndichu) climate setting and soon artists begin to take to the stage one after another and to keep its style and touch with fashion – the KMF Talent team arrives in glamour and the catwalk steals the show as various design and wears are paraded by the beauty queens.

The exhibitors make sales, market more products and share ideas on how to improve their services and luckily if they need any financial support – the bank and youth ministry are within minutes in the true Slumfest feel of networks and managing opportunities.

Liverpool VCT continues to register couples for test a trend that is being encouraged for many who are either married, engaged or planning a steady long term relationship and they manage to test 62 couples to their amazement. The Slumcode Founder always leads by example and is not left out either. This space has changed the attitude youth have towards testing and living healthy lives through the choices they make.

The ICL Shop is definitely a crowd puller with their rich display of Behavioral Interventions, abstinence and condom use demonstration. Many youth sign the commitment to abstain cards.

And as evening sets in, reflections of the awesome encounter with youth from various backgrounds, being empowered and connected to resources as the main goal of this event are the joy that we share as we promise to make Slumfest Five bigger, better and more interactive. 2011 here we come. 

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