We are in Nairobi, Kenya. Specifically in the district of Dagoretti, a slum on the outskirts of the big capital city. Here people live in poverty, 240,000 children below the age of 18, 37% of whom live in the street. In 2011, the situation has worsened because of the extreme drought that has hit the country. As a result prices rose strongly and live has become even more difficult.
Amref Health Africa works here since 2001 in recovery activities of street children and to create an environment where children can eat, play, learn and stay safe. Only in the last five years the work in child protection has contributed to the recovery of 15,400 children reintegrated in their families, in schools or through programs of professional training.
The project ORTI DI STRADA was added in January 2015 between the pre-existing activities to strengthen them and make them more sustainable in the future. The initiative aims to provide a response to malnutrition and food insecurity, integrating agriculture with health care, and social recovery.
Community groups involved (young, single mothers, teachers and students, health workers) manage 10 urban gardens and two greenhouses using the principles of organic farming. To operate in the best participated in training programs on management and group dynamics, the agronomic and environmental sustainability practices, the study of the market and the prevention of food waste, then encouraging the processing and marketing of products at the local level.