An informal settlement located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kibera is considered to be the largest urban slum in Africa.
Most of Kibera's residents live without access to electricity, running water, latrines or public sanitation. High rates of unemployment, alcoholism, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence make children particularly vulnerable.
Meanwhile, school cook Dorcas Mbea is busy preparing a morning meal of porridge for the children.
Before classes begin, students lead one another in a review of recent lessons.
Classes start at 8:15 AM with songs and morning prayers.
Students are divided into three classes based on age and receive instruction in English, Mathematics, Science and the Environment, Outdoor Activities, Religious Studies, and Swahili.
The children are fed a rotating menu of nutritious foods including green vegetables, maize, beans, cabbage and hard-boiled eggs.
3PM marks the end of the school day. Students gather their belongings and return to their homes in Kibera.
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