On the 28th of May every year there is Menstrual Hygiene Day. We at Ghetto Gifts celebrate and create awareness menstruation ever day: we have menstrual cups hanging in our window and every visitor gets to learn about cups and about the challenges women and girls face due to the taboo but also to poverty in places like Kibera. Visit Ghetto Gifts and learn more.
Clinton Artistico is the artist name of a boy who goes to Secondary School in Kibera slum. He is a painter and artist and responsible for some of the artwork for sale @ Ghetto Gifts. To buy something made of Clinton or of any other youth supports not only a girl but ensures the artist get some support for his/hers school fees. Here his fantastic collages with African textiles have ended up on notebooks. Grab one at Ghetto Gifts!
Please visit Ghetto Gifts to find your own cool Shadeshares sunglasses made by Finish birch wood. A project that provides work opportunities to young people in Kenya and where profit supports important charity work. In photo founder of Ghetto Gifts and staff while visiting their factory in Eastlands in Nairobi. For more info see their webpage: https://shadeshares.com
Steve Kyenze is an artist living in Kibera. Together with Ghetto Gifts he has drawn a fictional map of Kibera showing details of life, streets, people so anyone can learn and understand the circumstances and the happiness found in a Nairobi slum. The map is in size A1 making it easy for children to color and have have fun while discovering small details.
Kiprono Okani fondly known as Insectdudu is a Hip Hop artist and an activist of social change in the society. Insectdudu started music 12 years ago after being inspired by musician like Wenyeji when growing up in Kagemi. His current album is called Heart of a Champion that has nine tracks and 3 interludes. Which is inspired by day to day activities that express the reality of life. He has collaborated with the likes of Ciro Githunguri, Hustlajay MauMau, Nafsi Huru, Cece Sagini, Mc Black and Tuffskills. His album has been produced/ Mixed/ Mastered by Sammy “Shortwave” Wanjala and executive producer Mystic Breed. Kipindi Cha hiphop is an event hosted annually by him, which gives East African Hip Hop artist a platform to showcase their diversity and talent. He has a blog kipindichahiphop.wordpress.com and he is starting a podcast on Afripods to spread news and views about Hip Hop, social change and human rights. He also teaches music in informal schools and prison. Currently teaches Hip Hop music and mariba at Kivukoni International School in Kilifi. Among the schools he has taught include SHOFCO, Raila educational center, St philips, Street Urchins e.t.c. He wants to live the world a better place by inspiring youths and families because he believes that if you want to shape anything you start from home.
Fun fact: His a Family man who loves kids.
Shout out: Thanks Mystic Breed for always being behind Insectdudu
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Camilla Wirseen is a photographer, curator, teacher and architect from Sweden who is today engaged in trying to make a difference. She is the founder of Ghetto Gifts, an idea she has carried for many years while she has been working in Kibera with different projects.
The world functions on contacts and networks and Ghetto Gifts creates a window of opportunity for talented artists and musicians from any ghetto around Nairobi to get known, get out and go beyond.
Camilla has worked in Kibera for more than 10 years. First setting up the sanitation project Peepoo of which she is the co-founder, then trying to get projects going like Greencard Mtaani which wanted to fight extrajudicial killings with soccer and Kibera Talking where Kibera musicians painted more than 400 messages on the walls of Kibera that were photographed by her, but it was finally with The Cup that she was able to really make a difference. An idea that was born in 2012 while she was interviewed by Voice of America and heard a large percentage of girls are having sex for pads in Nairobi ghettos risking teenage pregnancy and HIV. Something had to be done and the Cup idea was born where girls and boys get an injection of comprehensive education from role models from same background that tackles the taboos and challenges surrounding youths growing up and girls are given a menstrual cup.
In 2018 she came up with and organized the international Cup Summit as she believes that together pamoja we can do more. In April she started a podcast called Ghetto Stories (www.afripods.com) where role models who are making a difference in their communities in Nairobi are being interviewed to again showcase to the world how much talent and amazing people are around.
Ghetto Gifts targets tourists to come and buy locally produced handicraft with high quality but also for them to walk along a safe typical shopping road in Kibera, see the happy atmosphere and meet amazing people. To create more awareness of the challenges girls undergo and about The Cup.org the shop is managed by the staff from The Cup which creates a unique opportunity for anyone to visit and learn how a project is actually implemented. A percentage of the sales at Ghetto Gifts goes to supporting The Cup helping girls.
Come visit Ghetto Gifts in Ayani for a unique experience and help Camilla make a difference.
The power women in Kibera put their status behind to fight HIV stigma in 2004. They built a community to support each other and grow out of the norm. Their status has not stop them from becoming who they are today. They educate women on important of getting tested especially if pregnant and help other affect women. Currently they are ten women, working together with a strong purposes. They create beautiful artefacts, jewellery, ankara clothes e.t.c Their shop is located in Kibera, Olympic. They also run a day care center to support women who go to work. Some of their products at Ghetto Gifts include passport bags and gift bags. When women work together, it’s a bond unlike any other.
Photo by: @atieno_muyuyi