The Olympic Primary School is situated in the center of Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Kibera is a sprawling informal settlement about five miles from Nairobi’s central business district. Nearly one-third of Nairobi’s population lives in Kibera, which makes it the home of an estimated 1 million people.
Typical housing consists of a small shack with mud walls, a tin roof and dirt floors. The average shack houses up to eight people, most of whom sleep on threadbare bedding. Many of Kibera’s inhabitants have no electricity. Kibera has no running water or sewage system. There are no government hospitals or clinics there. Unemployment among residents is estimated at more than 70 percent.