Mukuru is one of the biggest slums in Nairobi, Kenya. It is estimated to be home to approximately 700,000 people in various makeshift villages across the sprawling slum. Stretching along the Nairobi Ngong river and situated on wastelands in the industrial area of the city between the Outer Ring Road, North Airport Road and Mombasa road, it spans three different constituencies, namely Embakasi South, Makadara and Starehe.
One of the major challenges has been the access footbridge that links Mukuru Kwa Reuben to the Lunga Lunga slums. Considering the daily human traffic flows, the footbridges are of paramount importance but wholly unfit for purpose and extremely dangerous, continually threatening the lives and safety of the people, especially school-going kids and those with disabilities.
There have been countless incidents of people sustaining significant injuries as a direct result of this death trap. During the rainy seasons, it has been confirmed that many children fail to attend classes for up to a month per term owing to the risk, which in a typical school year accounts for up to 90 days of absence from school that could easily be prevented.
Lotto Foundation partnered with the Jaguar Youth Empowerment Foundation (JYEF) to reconstruct these access footbridges according to modern standards, thereby enhancing the safety of school-going children who use the footbridge on a daily basis and improving the overall standard of living for the communities in both the Mukuru WA Njenga and Lunga Lunga slums. The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 6,898,900