My name is Alissa, and I came to Kenya in 2012 as an American graduate student. I moved to Nairobi to work alongside local leaders and programs that promote opportunities for people living in extreme poverty, while completing a Master of Arts in Transformational Urban Leadership (to learn more, visit: http://www.apu.edu/matul or http://www.matul.org). Upon arrival, I moved in with a host family near the lively urban slum of Kibera – a place that remains unrecognized by city government and therefore lack basic infrastructure like roads, running water, electricity and waste management – working with grassroots organizations, churches, and new friends. 1.3 billion people in the world live in urban slums; to learn more, check out http://www.theplaceswelive.com.
After raising $1.5 million to build toilets in one of Nairobi’s largest slums and completing my master’s degree in 2013, I decided to stay in Nairobi for a while. Since then, I secured a job at a wonderful NGO, got married to a seriously awesome man who was born and raised in Kibera, and have made this community my home. Other than that, I enjoy sampling new Kenyan music and art, hanging out in Kibera, singing on worship team at church, traveling around East Africa, and practicing Sheng. To see some great photos of Nairobi, visit: http://www.nairobikenya.com/whats-going-on/photos/.
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