Mukuru Slums Development Project (MSDP) works within the Mukuru slums and their surrounding areas, in South B, Nairobi. Born in 2006 out of the amalgamation of 7 community-based projects, MSDP tackles poverty through a holistic approach. The aim of joining together pre-existing organisations was to improve management effectiveness, sustainability, efficient resource use, networking and ultimately the service they provide for their cliental. 

MSDP’s mission is to enhance quality of life and empower communities in the informal settlements of Mukuru to participate in building an enabling environment for sustainable development and dignified life



This school offers secondary level education to approximately 500 boys and girls from the Mukuru slums. Those who attend the school have been identified by social workers as students from low income backgrounds who cannot afford the fees of other schools.

MUST empowers youth aged 15-25 with employable vocational skills and entrepreneurial skills to potentially run their own businesses. The centre is registered under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. The courses offered are Hairdressing and Beauty for 6 months, and Hotel and Catering, and Masonry and Plumbing for one year. On graduation students receive an official certification and are supported to link with potential employers through multiple corporate partnerships with business owners, hotels, salons, and construction businesses.

Over 200 students attend every day. Since it started in 2003 the project has achieved a 98% rate of employment, supporting approximately 2500 youths to join employment or start their own businesses.

Mukuru Arts and Crafts used to be another class, hover your mouse over the grey box below and click on the picture to get more information.

Economic Empowerment

Women living with HIV/AIDs are trained in bead work, mat making, tie-dying and dress-making. The sell these from the office, at various markets in the city and online. Check out the link in the sidebar to their facebook page.

The Social Support Office organises training in business entrepreneurship skills, offers business capital, and monitors all businesses once they have been set up. They also organise group saving and loaning schemes which are registered through the ministry of gender and social services as self help groups.

The aim of the project is to empower the community and give information on waste recycling. Youth groups can earn a living from collecting rubbish from their local villages, whilst also improving levels of rubbish. Since 2010 over 60 tonnes of plastics for recycling has been collected, 35 youths are hired on a daily basis and over 450 employed from Mukuru informal settlements, and residents of Mukuru have been sensitized on waste management and are now informed. This project is also networking with the Ministry of agriculture, the National environment management authority and the Nairobi city council.


In 2002 a need was identified for starting a program for youths staying in Mukuru slums. These were youths who had undergone some form of basic education but could not proceed further due to poverty, lack of school fees and unemployment within the slums. These problems in turn often lead to idleness, and were manifested in substance abuse petty crime and disintegration of family social fabric and values.

Mukuru Sports Association (MUSA) trains around 400 boys and girls from the Mukuru slums in football. There are 4 main categories: Under 12, 14, 17 and Senior team (18-24 years). This program gives the children a positive routine to take their mind of problems in their lives and gives them confidence and hope for the future. Some of those that pass through the program manage to join professional football teams, others become motivated to follow another career path or gain scholarships to enter recognised educational schools.

This project offers psychosocial support (counselling on an individual or group basis), educative forums and talks, team building activities, and skills training. In 2012, 159 people went through the program.

MSDP networks with stakeholders working in Mukuru (Local chief, District Officer’s Office and Government Ministries).This helps them with easy facilitation for referrals. Social support holds a good working relationship with the community at Mukuru. This office conducts home visits to asses the person’s needs. It provides a range of services such as temporary shelter, emergency feeding, transport to hospital, support for people with a mental disability, medical support, counselling, group therapy (including one for people living with HIV/AIDs), reintegration and referrals.

Housing & Shelter

This house provides support to street boys between the ages of 13 and 17 years from the streets of South B, Nairobi. The boys are referred to the house which provides shelter, food, and social support for 20 boys for a 6 month period. At the end of this time, those who are ready to are re-integrated with family members or sponsored on to further education.

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Africa Direct & Mukuru Slums Development Project

Mukuru Arts and Crafts

Running costs, building classrooms, buying a kiln. (This program has now finished)

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Halfway House

funds for building repairs and running materials

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