The Kilimani Project Foundation is all about Kilimanians.
Driven by the vision of all who work, live and pass through Kilimani having the experience of community as being vibrantly alive and the responsibility of all.
Over October and November, residents, County of Nairobi staff and business leaders met to create the 2015 programme. We are committed to achieving the following;
• At least 50 Residents directly supported to live and experience the power of their participation;
• 50 new corporate and individual members join the Foundation
• 500 residents directly participate in the Street Competition
• For the very first time, Kilimani ward has a distinct plan and budget that is built on the priorities of 200 citizens
• 1 million Kenyans reached with mass media and a doubling of twitter and facebook followers
• Foundation moves from a negative deficit in 2014 to a surplus and reserves of with improved internal systems
• Foundation continues to inspire others with our place based organizing model
Join us, participate in our activities and become a member in 2015!
Read more here KPF Vision and workplan January – December 2015
We continue to vision and act for a Kilimani that inspires us. A commUnity where:
‘Karibu Kilimani’ greets people passing through, guests and those who work or live here;
A bustling public library and theatre,where children ride bikes and families enjoy recreation facilities;
Informal service-providers are integrated and inform planning processes;
Safety and security is an owned responsibility of everyone
in partnership with the public and private authorities.
The community is known for its creativity, aliveness, tenacity and neighbourliness.
The area rarely experiences violence, crime or a sense of isolation.
People choose to buy homes or establish their businesses in Kilimani.
It is, simply, the community of choice.
With less than 24 hours notice, the Foundation submitted a memorandum to inform the ward development budget ceilings for FY2015/2016. Our submission was in line with the right and responsibility of citizens to participate in public affairs. Using an online survey, 108 men and women shared their priorities. Read what we have asked our leaders to provide KPF January 2015 Kilimani ward memorandum FINAL
The exercise was also cited in the national press as a best practise “It demonstrates the power of community groups in promoting citizen responsiveness”. See http://goo.gl/VehMdW
Over 2014, the Foundation partnered with twenty organisations among them local businesses, NGOs, local public schools and the Nairobi County Government to organise six events. The events included consultations on the County of Nairobi draft Master Plan for Nairobi (January), clean ups in schools (June) and along Argwings Kodhek street (March and September), a medical camp for the public (May), the renovation of the Kilimani Primary School canteen (January) and the poetry performance “Silence is a Woman” by Sitawa Namwalie (March). These activities were only possible with the contribution of tens of residents across Nairobi offering their time and expertise to serve the community. In addition, over fifty businesses and organisations have given in-kind support to the Foundation over 2013. All of these volunteers and contributions are driven by the vision of creating Kilimani as an inclusive and vibrantly alive community for all. At a conservative estimate, the collective contribution of the above agencies and individuals comes to Kshs 2.5 million. The Foundation is proud to have been the vehicle for all these philanthropic efforts towards a safer, cleaner and prosperous Kilimani. Read our 2014 report here 2014 Kilimani Project Foundation Progress Report v010115
At the invitation of Senior Vice President Cynthia Nikitin of the Project for Public Spaces (PPS), the Kilimani Project Foundation spoke to staff on our experiences over the last two years. The Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Their pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. For more information visit their website http://www.pps.org/about/
The conference was convened to celebrate 100 years of Community Foundations. It took place in Cleveland to honor of the 100th birthday on Cleveland Foundation. Some takeaways from the paper include;
The Foundation could identify 1-2 programmes that have the possibility of an iconic victory in an area that matters to the community. We need to strengthen the collective action of the Board, staff and volunteers to lead self-discovery, confidence and action within the community. We need to create pathways for large and small individual and corporate members and sponsors to give regularly to our programmes. This will allow us to take the baby steps towards an endowment and a permanent resource-base for the Foundation. If we are successful in these four steps paraphrasing Kenya writer Binyavanga Wainaina, “One Day, We Could Even Own This Place.”
There are 1,827 Community Foundations working in 67 countries today. 75% were created in last 25 years. Does your community have a foundation yet? You can find out at the Atlas? The Kilimani Project Foundation is one of the youngest. Read more about us here http://ow.ly/CZsTt
On October 11 and 12, 15 residents came together to opportunities and intersections for bringing the community together. Facilitated voluntarily by Nabila Alibhai, the group brainstormed on ideas to put before the wider community on the safety and environment in Kilimani. Kilimani police, County Assembly Member Hon. Moses Ogeto, Chandarana Supermarkets, Usalama Forum and a number of residents attended. Al Jazeera filmed part of the day for a programme they are showing on community policing. Interested in participated in the larger community meeting when it is convened in November? Drop us an email at email@example.com
Milimani Primary school is a buzz with activities on this sunny Saturday morning. There is a rainbow of colours, green, yellow, blue, black, white. Children are dressed in their PE tracksuits, others in broken school uniform.
There are adults as well; parents, friends of Kilimani, and other invited guests. The adults have colour too; the school kids have designed green, yellow, and pink wristbands for them.
Everywhere you look, people are smiling, others are grinning, and some are getting to know each other. There is a deep sense of community. The diversity of Kilimani is alive!
We are here for the Milimani Primary School Environmental Day, an event organized by the student government, made possible with partnerships between the School, Kilimani Project Foundation, Nairobi City County, Stand Up and Shout and other stakeholders.
After introductions and directions given, we get down to work. We start off with the NCC team, leading us to the newly set up dustbins. The pupils are advised to separate their waste when they go to dump them. The three bins are labeled; ORGANIC, PLASTICS and OTHER WASTE. There is a demonstration and the kids are excited about this new dustbin.
When we get down to work; the team from Stand Up and Shout are all over, infusing work with play; from small teams working together to large groups playing together. There are kids slashing the grass around the fences. Others are cleaning windows. Some kids pick up litter, the adults join them.
Everywhere you look, films of dust rise up and disappear in the air, blades of grass dance about before falling back to be collected with wheelbarrows that sing along as they are driven; heavy with garbage being taken to the dumpsite. Brooms are swishing and everybody is in high spirits as we work to clean the school.
At the end of it all, we plant trees, hoping that these will grow to commemorate the day when the children led us to understand the need for a safe environment, and by example taught that they care about their environment.
Kilimani Project Foundation would like to thank Nairobi City County, (JICA) Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Stand Up and Shout, parents, friends and all other stakeholders who came to help us help the kids clean their environment.
Kilimani Project Foundation (KPF) in collaboration with doctors from the Kenya Association of Family Physicians hosted a medical camp at Kilimani primary school for screening, testing and awareness creation on Non communicable diseases.
The event held to commemorate World Family Doctors’ Day brought together Kilimani residents, business owners and volunteers to talk about and get tested for diabetes, blood pressure and cancers.
About 100 people both children and adults benefited from the medical camp.
Former Nairobi mayor Mr Joe Akech who graced the occasion emphasized that children with high risk health conditions must be identified early in order to help assure that they and their families receive the care and assistance to prevent future morbidity.
Also at the event was Dr Hasmukh Dawda Chairman house of Manji and member of KPF.
Dr Dawda who has major projects in catchment areas such as Kibera and Kawangware had this to say:
“A healthy nation must have healthy people, The long term outcome of the medical camp is that all families in Kilimani are able to access health and related services along the continuum of care in a manner that is affordable and meets everyone’s needs.”
He expressed appreciation to everyone that contributed in one way or another to make the event a success.
“We thank all Doctors from the Nairobi hospital, Mp Shah, Aga Khan and the Lions,” he said.
In partnership with Help Child/Mother Organization. The event also attracted Yaya Management, St Georges Secondary School, Radar Security, Kilimani Police Station, House of Manji, Kilimani Primary School and the Nairobi City County, as a special partner.
The NCC partnership presented a unique opportunity to engage the residents and business owners at a time, when they are gearing up to towards the Solid Waste Management pilot project in Zone 7. (Zone 7 includes Kilimani, Kileleshwa and Kangemi). This pilot project in partnership with JICA will ensure the residents and business owners have their garbage collected by NCC through a single subcontractor. The project aims at educating on waste separation at the source, increased efficiency and improved standards of cleanliness. This project is to be replicated in Nairobi county and eventually across the country.
The almost 2hour-perfomance, under the directorship of Alice Karunditu, comprises of poems, short stories and dances by Sitawa Namwalie.
The narratives are a powerful emotional journey. Sitawa’s performance integrates heart touching African music from two wonderfully skilled instrumentalists – Rama and Boaz. These two know where and how to touch a drum and a nyatiti. And with such easiness and expertise, the music naturally fuses with the narratives on stage.
Irũngũ Houghton · Chairperson
Patricia Okelo · Secretary
Members: Francis Munyororo, Protus Nyamweya, Ann McCreath, Hasmukh Dawda, Rahab Nderu, Anil Thakker, Pauline Ndirangu
Recruiting a new team Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The Kilimani project began as a garden conversation by a few individuals who live, work and play in Kilimani in the middle of 2012. The original set of questions we asked were:
What makes Kilimani unique? Why is it a community of choice for the 43,000 people that live or work here? With massive private investment, where is the community heading?
Over 2012, the Kilimani Project has organized an online and physical photographic exhibition entitled Kilimani speaks: Jana and Leo (November) 2 and the first Kilimani Festival and two public Kilimani Cares community talks on issues of topical interest (December)
In 2013, we developed the Kilimani Voters Guide and held conversations with County and Parliamentary aspirants (February). Over May and June, we convened several community conversations to chart a new vision for Kilimani (May and June) and co-hosted Nelson Mandela Day with the Kilimani Primary School and the South Africa High Commission (July). This event generated funding, voluntary action and new relationships committed to renovating this public school. We co-organised the very first Police Open Day with the office of the OCPD. Over 200 people attended the community dialogue, played 7 side football with police officers and discussed community policing strategies (October).
Over 2014, the Foundation partnered with twenty organisations among them local businesses, NGOs, local public schools and the Nairobi County Government to organise six events. The events included consultations on the County of Nairobi draft Master Plan for Nairobi (January), clean ups in schools (June) and along Argwings Kodhek street (March), a medical camp for the public (May), the renovation of the Kilimani Primary School canteen (January) and the poetry performance “Silence is a Woman” by Sitawa Namwalie (March).
These activities were only possible with the contribution of tens of residents across Nairobi offering their time and expertise to serve the community. In addition, over fifty businesses and organisations have given in-kind support to the Foundation over 2013. All of these volunteers and contributions are driven by the vision of creating Kilimani as an inclusive and vibrantly alive community for all.
The Project is now registered as the Kilimani Project Foundation, not for profit company limited by guarantee. We welcome individuals and agencies to take up individual or corporate membership. The Board comprises of Irungu Houghton (Chairperson), Pat Okello (Secretary), Dr. Hasmukh Dawada, Francis Munyororo, Ann McCreath, Anil Thakker, Rahab Nderu, Pauline Ndirangu and Protus Nyamweya.
Kilimani is located at the southern part of Westlands constituency;
stretches from Lavington in the north; to Kileleshwa in the east;
Ngong Road to the west and Upper Hill to the South.
Diversity: All Kenyan communities as well as Ethiopians,
Sudanese, Somalis, Chinese, European and Latin .
Set Up: Apartments, Restaurants, Shopping Malls,
Embassies, Schools, Art Galleries & Offices.
Green & Recreational Spaces: Kilimani Primary School
and the Arboretum Kilimani Police Station.
Green & Recreational spaces offer venues for community gatherings where neighbours form social ties that produce stronger, safer neighbourhoods. When families gather publicly and establish relationships, kids feel comfortable leaving the house and being active outside, and community events and activities are held in the said green spaces. Our Approach is to emphasise the importance of green & Recreational spaces, assist with renovations and maintenance and use them for community activities and events.
Crime can negatively affect a community’s sense of togetherness, security, and trust. Once a neighbourhood can return to a feeling of safety, a world of possibilities begins to open up. Families begin to interact; businesses open for longer hours and there is a general sense of safety and belonging. Our approach is to help to establish open, respectful communication with Kilimani Police & Private Security firms.
Thriving and vibrant communities are driven by citizens who are invested in their neighbourhood and take responsibility for its future. That is what we mean by community ownership. Whether an initiative is focused on education, public safety, or planned development, we recognize that it must be rooted in what residents identify as important to making Kilimani a place where people love to live Our Approach is to bring the community together to celebrate diversity, art, music and culture.
More than any other element, education is the cornerstone for creating a more thriving and self-sustaining The young adults in the community must develop the knowledge and skill sets needed to succeed personally and to create economic opportunities for others in the future. Our approach reflects the reality that education happens everywhere; with partners and volunteers as leaders for change.
A key element of any thriving neighbourhood is the availability of safe and affordable housing. Well planned and Well-kept homes, apartments and buildings provide better living and learning environments, inspire pride and offer a positive vision for the neighbourhood´s future. Our Approach is to educate and assist the community on laws and by-laws that will avoid unplanned development.
Our Vision for Kilimani
Thanks! Small or big donations are always welcome to support the Foundation´s work.
Apex Porto Novelli- Dennis Pritt Residential Association – Willart Productions – Yaya Centre
Kuona Trust -Eric Wainaina – Kilimani Primary School – Irungu Houghton – 3Mice – Ric Francis
Nadia Mussani – Kwani Trust – Ted Kwaka and The Main Event Company – Kiko Romeo
Lorna Irungu – Dr. Hasmukh Dawda – Nairobi Baptist Church – Kenya Property Developers Association – Buddha Blaze – Black Butterfly – DJ Adrian – Jerry Okungu – PAWA254
Protus Nyamweya – Kahare Miano – Screen on the Green – Afrimop – Naipolitans
Chandarana Supermarkets – ShiftEye Gallery – Prestige Plaza – Go Down Arts Centre – Capital FM Bikram Yoga Nairobi – Suzanna Owiyo – Atemi – Yaya Towers -Bamba Rewards Ltd
Daystar University students and teachers – Global Fund for Community Foundations – House of Manji, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – Kenya Association of Family Physicians – Kilimani Police – Kilimani Primary School students, teachers and parents – Masjid Rahma Mosque management – Milimani Primary School students, teachers and parents – Mother and Child Hope Organisation – Nairobi City County – Radar Security Firm – Sitawa Namwalie, Alice Karunditu and the cast of “Silence is a Woman” – St Georges Secondary School students and teachers – Stand Up and Shout Organisation -volunteers on the Resource Mobilisation committee (Sarah Waithera, Fatou Samba) -Current and former staff and volunteers (Zahra Kassam, Njeri Mburu, Otieno Owino, Tim Munene, Joseph Waithuki, Bianca Corazón, Nemmy Ngige and Douglas Gakere) -among others