Life Lessons from Slums and Soccer Balls

Unboxed Life

There was a time when I was convinced that every child who lived in a third world country was miserable, hungry, dying, or otherwise living a low quality life. Looking back I clearly understand how I came to that conclusion. We are constantly inundated with images of children with swollen bellies walking through piles of garbage nearly naked with looks of utter despair and defeat on their faces. Commercials, magazine ads, internet publicity and social media campaigns all utilize these images to target the people they need to support their cause.

Fast forward. I am in Kibera slum in Nairobi Kenya which is the largest slum in Nairobi, and probably all of Africa. I walk through the claustrophobic alleyways surrounded by deplorable conditions not fit for any person to inhabit. Human waste flows through the channels like muddy water, garbage piles up almost reaching shoulder height. I think to myself…

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