Kisenyi Slum, located in the heart of Kampala adjacent to the capital's central business district, is a huge area of residence for many impoverished men, women and children. These people, many of whom are refugees of Uganda, live in extremely close quarters, and fewer than half of them have access to water within their homes. Flooding, poor sanitation and eviction are day-to-day threats.
Despite its unfortunate quality of life, Kisenyi has a lively, active atmosphere filled with informal businesses—everything from butcher shops and fruit vendors to furniture and metalworking shops.
Visitors to the Kisenyi Slum have the opportunity to see how local NGOs have started grassroots projects to improve the lives of some of Uganda’s most vulnerable populations. With a local volunteer as a guide, travelers can explore the area and meet some of Kisenyi's residents to gain a clearer understanding of the realities and challenges of life in the slum.