The need at the Dandora trash dump community in Nairobi, Kenya, is high, and Trash Mountain Project is exploring the opportunity to work with local leaders in this community. The complexity of the problems that exist are unique, and we will continue to research and develop a plan that will have a long-term impact on the lives of the children and families living and working within the community. A small team from TMP traveled to Africa with Micah Albert, an award-winning photojournalist, who we met through some fairly unusual circumstances. After getting to know him over the past several months, we are all confident that partnering together to bring hope and change to the Dandora trash dump community is our best chance at having a long-term impact. Micah has an extensive background of research and local partnerships in Kenya through his work in photojournalism and has spent a decade working in North, Central, and East Africa and the Middle East. He has been internationally recognized and has won awards for his work specifically in Dandora. You can read more about his experiences and see photos on his website. We will be working closely with Micah as the story unfolds and will be utilizing our gifts in conjunction with his own as we develop the Dandora Project plan.

Here are a few action steps that we will be focused on as we move forward:

  • Continue building relationships and a possible partnership with the leaders at St. John’s Catholic School and Outreach in Dandora, and begin financial support of several programs being carried out for the children in throughout Dandora
  • Meet with leaders of several businesses and a nonprofit organization based here in the U.S. over the next several months to begin the planning process for long-term community development
  • Work with Micah Albert to schedule a return trip to Nairobi to continue moving forward in the research and development process


Country Facts

  1. Country population is 45 million
  2. Nairobi, the capital, has an altitude of 5,500 feet
  3. Forty ethnic groups, including Kikuyu farmers and Maasai cattle herders, crowd the countryside, still home to three-quarters of Kenya's people