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In pictures: Hopes and dreams in Kawangware slum

August 2012: Regina would rather sell snacks than her body. Rubberty cleans toilets but dreams of being a musician. Tafroza intends to be a doctor...

They all live in Kawangware – one of Africa’s largest slums – a sprawling city made of corrugated tin, mud, scraps of wood and fabric fashioned into makeshift homes, some 12 kilometres west of Nairobi, Kenya.

Most residents live on less than $1 a day and over 65% of them have no permanent job. Without access to education, some teenagers turn to prostitution or crime; others fall pregnant and face a continuing struggle to survive.

Empowering youth

Watch the slideshow to see how Plan’s Youth Economic Empowerment Project (YEEP) is helping young people to create better opportunities and conditions for everyone living in Kawangware.

YEEP consists of 31 voluntary youth groups which run projects from spreading knowledge about health, HIV and drugs, to helping young people with disabilities and working to get children into school.

Volunteers get teenagers playing sports and improve sanitation by building toilets. Young women forced to sell themselves on the streets are given loans to start businesses and training to learn new skills.

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