Kibera Creative Arts (KiCA)

Kibera Creative Arts is a community based organization in the Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya. It is managed by its three founders Geoffrey Ochieng Oyoo, his brother Philipp Oyoo and Simon Sikote. We heartily recommend reading their stories (click the links on their names). Their motto "Sanaa ni kioo cha jamii" (Swahili) translates as "Art is the mirror of society". They best introduce themselves and their artists and volunteers on their
 
KiCA Website
 
We also summarized some information on this website below. Just scroll down or jump to the most important part:
 
Why do KiCA welcome our support?

To understand why our work is necessary, it is important to know the vicious circles and dead ends of such a slum. To write a treatise on Kibera here is beyond the scope of this website. The following link leads to the search results of "Kibera" on youtube. We have no influence on the content of this external link and we recommend searching other sources as well.
 
More about Kibera
 
If you want to get a first-hand insight into life at KiCA in Kibera, we recommend the book (German) by Elena Holz from Switzerland, which is also a charity project. Elena spent three months with KiCA as a volunteer. She is also active in our school construction project.
 
"Made in Kibera" book by Elena Holz

KiCA provides a space for creativity

Kids show their talents at Showcase Sato KiCA maintains a rented rehearsal hall in which volunteer organizers and mentors make possible music rehearsals, dance lessons and artist exchanges for people from childhood on. With their “Showcase Sato” (Saturday), KiCA offers a platform to everyone who wants to show their talent, to get constructive feedback and support from the community. Here young autodidacts learn from each other and organize workshops with artists from in and outside Nairobi. In addition, advanced students give lessons in piano, guitar and drums to beginners. Some instruments, which are available to everyone, have already been purchased from donations. The major involvement of Creative Connection for Communities e.V. lies in this area of cultural education.

KiCA is furthermore

Artist collective and role model

Without music, I would not be who I am today. It is through the passion of arts that I work hard in this community.
Philip Oyoo

Geoffrey with a school classGeoffrey with a school class in their mentorship-program The KiCA artists are the best example of how much art can give people stability, meaning, joy, recognition and a positive direction in life. Thus, they are also role models, especially for the young people in Kibera. With the help of KiCA, some of them have even become known and successful beyond the borders of Kibera. If you visit the artists page on their website, don't miss to click the “read my story” buttons to find out about their individual life stories.

Mentor in schools

KiCA members regularly go to schools and work with the youth (Don't miss this video). They find talent in artistic workshops and promote it in their organization. Their mentoring program "teenstar", in cooperation with Fundacion Maisha is also about the self-confidence and self-image of the children, as well as about important topics such as sexual education and the recognition and promotion of the even more disadvantaged girls (who often prostitute themselves for food and income already at very young age).

Infrastructure for independent ways out of poverty

video production by Made in KiberaThe KiCA theater group making a short film KiCA aims at financing its charitable work completely independently, by building a fruitful creative industry. To this end, they have set up the business enterprise “Made in Kibera”, which is not itself part of the non-profit organization KiCA, but is supposed to generate the funds to maintain it. Income is the be-all and end-all in the slum. Here, hunger is a daily issue that can only be ended with money. If this can be generated with one's own talents, it can only be called a success. With the support of donations from a Spanish organization around Carmen Alvarez, who got to know KiCA as a volunteer (and is part of our school construction project team), they have set up their own recording studio in the middle of Kibera, which plays an important role in achieving that goal and breaking the vicious circle of the slum for its artists. The studio is a unique phenomenon there, also providing important teaching and learning tools and materials for the use of the non-profit organization KiCA. Furthermore, with the support of Elena Holz from Switzerland, a textile printer was purchased with which an extra income can be generated from selling printed t-shirts. In addition, at “Made in Kibera” the artists have work in graphic design and video productions.

Why do KiCA welcome our support?

To be brief and clear: the income is not enough!

A challenge is that the community thinks that if you have an organization, you have a lot of money, or that you are very wise. Now that visitors are coming from Spain, Switzerland… Our people think that we are so rich. They ask us for school fees, or for any other financial support. Because they think you are rich, people become very intolerant when you are late for paying something. At times, we pay the studio rent, we pay all kinds of fees and maybe give some money to support someone. Then, you come home and you realize that your own rent isn’t paid yet.
Philip Oyoo read more
Also, the volunteer teachers at KiCA are often unable to offer lessons on a regular basis because of the inconsistent day labor jobs that ensure their own survival. The corona pandemic has exacerbated the situation: many such jobs no longer exist, also "Made in Kibera"'s income has decreased and the school closings mean that many children lose their daily meal, which the families now have to finance additionally. The KiCA organizers now can hardly bear the burden of the rents for the rehearsal hall, office and studio space, which they pay partly from “Made in Kibera” and partly from their own pocket with combined efforts. At the same time, however, interested kids and teens and artists keep coming to KiCA. The organization needs to grow and does not want to have to stop offering the people a point of contact with arts and culture. This is where our projects are coming in.
 
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