Our Mission

Carolina for Kibera exists to develop local leaders, catalyze positive change, and alleviate poverty in the informal settlement of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. We recognize that one solution does not fit all, and, through a model of participatory development, we work to combine public service with responsible public health research in Kibera and other informal settlements globally.

Our Approach

Local
Roots

Honoring our history while staying locally led and operated.

Holistic
Programming

Intentional programs designed for the whole person.

Personal
Connections

Recognizing and respecting that every path is different.

Collaborative Partnerships

Tracking progress and creating change together.

CFK's ethical research
Ethical
Research

Learning to inform responsible solutions.

Local Roots

We are an organization headquartered in the informal settlement of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya and led by local Kenyan staff. We have an office in the United States focused on developing global research partnerships and engaging supporters.

CFK Staff
Serving patients at Tabitha Medical Clinic

Holistic Programming

Our holistic approach focuses on offering the best quality primary healthcare services and coordinated educational programs. Each program was developed in close partnership with the community to accurately assess needs and to develop relevant, impactful programs.

Personal Connections

We are deeply committed to being an active community member and being the best we can be. We recognize that every path is different, so we strive to develop personalized programs to address a variety of needs and meet community members where they are.

Practicing proper hand washing techniques in Kibera
Child at business in Kibera

Collaborative Partnerships

We have a commitment to working collaboratively with other like-minded organizations to achieve maximum shared impact and avoid duplicating efforts. We’ve enjoyed a deep and long-standing affiliation with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ethical Research

Our staff in Kibera are focused on tracking progress and gaining vital feedback to continually improve upon our programs and provide the highest quality services possible. Long-standing research partnerships have led to tremendous research with the potential to inform work in informal settlements globally.

CFK programs