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.
Orange Democratic Movement, Primaries on 30th April 2017
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Jubilee Party, Primaries on 26th April 2017
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We continue to vision and act for a Kilimani that inspires us. A community where:
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.
Kilimani Project Foundation hosted one of the ‘Living Labs’ at this year’s Nairobi Urban Thinkers Campus.
The Urban Thinkers Campus model is an initiative of UN-Habitat ‘s World Urban Campaign, conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban researchers, professionals, local governments, civil society actors, grassroots and communities, policy and decision makers, who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations. It is also intended as a platform to build consensus for action between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures.
Those involved in the discussion included Civil Society, Grassroots, Research & Academia, Business, Professional and Local and sub regional authorities. At the Living Lab, the professionals were able to discuss two sub themes concerning public spaces in Kilimani: Design and Local economic development.
Key needs of the area that were identified included Mapping of public spaces, Identity among users and occupants of public spaces, need for Social interaction between groups and development of Quality Public Spaces.
Four action plans were put down for the area which included:
#1 Create a recreational loop with green & wayfinding (using the link roads/by passes)
#2 Use road reserves for (power of) 10 parklets (pick 10 road reserves that can be transformed into parklets)
#3 Mapping of spaces of relative control
#4 Programming as a design tool (using activities to recognize the public spaces in the area)
The foundation is already working on greening the link roads (#Grey2Green) and this will develop the link roads into a ‘Green recreational loop.’ Do you have street sides and road reserves that can be developed into parklets? Let us know.
* Wayfinding refers to information systems that guide people through a physical environment and enhance their understanding and experience of the space.
** A parklet is a sidewalk extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street.
The #Grey2GreenKe Tree planting Campaign kicked off at the end of March with students from Rusinga School. Each class planted a tree on their campus while about 150 trees were taken by students, parents, and teachers to plant at home. This was in line with the schools theme of the term, ‘Our Environment.’
The campaign was also driven by Ruth Nyokabi, a 12th Grade student and founder of ‘Miles in Inches Foundation’ who explained to her fellow students on the need to take care of their trees and have the satisfaction of watching the tress mature and grow.
Nairobi Jaffereys Academy and Strathmore School have also pledged to involve their students and staff in May while several individuals have also taken trees to plant at their residences.
During the Kilimani Aspirants Discussion each aspirant planted a tree at Kilimani Primary School.
With the support of the County Government of Nairobi we also intend to plant and nurture several trees along some of our streets.
The #Grey2GreenKe project aims at planting 2000 trees in Kilimani, Kileleshwa and Lavington in a bid to conserve and beautify the environment.
Our first Kilimani Community Dialogue (Kililogue) of 2017 was held on Saturday 8th of April at Kilimani Primary School. This was a discussion among residents, leadership aspirants and incumbents. Attendants put their political differences aside to look at the way forward for Kilimani based on issues raised according to the County and National Assembly functions.
Kilimani Project Foundation Chairperson Irungu Houghton started the session explaining the various roles and functions of legislatives in devolved and national governments. This created an avenue for valid questions and comments by the audience and the aspirants.
Among the main concerns included waste management and disposal, removal of graffiti from walls and public spaces, relocation of matatu stages and noise pollution. Allocation of county funds towards development was also looked into as at the moment it is less than 10% other than the stipulated 30%.
Mugo Wa Karanja, a Kilimani resident, urged other residents to be familiar with the legislation and budgetary process in the county. After asking attendants (by a show of hands) how many had participated in the county budgetary sessions, he pointed out how citizens were not taking charge of their civic duties beyond voting.
It was a good, productive and peaceful discussion with a great representation from all sectors.
All aspirants planted a tree in support of #Grey2GreenKe Campaign as well as to honor Kilimani Primary School as a both a voter registration centre and a polling station.
KPF would like to thank Renee Ngamau who moderated the discussion.
The Kilimani Project Foundation is not aligned to any political party or candidate.
The Index, for the last quarter of 2016, gives an overview of the business climate in the area and a view of the expectations of the business community in key sectors.
The DFKili score business expectations indicator from the survey stands at 72.50, representing confidence in the six month forecast.
The survey was done among business owners who gauged the past, prevailing and expected business climate. This covered costs, assets, inventory, sales and human resource. Responses were analyzed, to generate the DFKili and Sector indices.
Please the follow THIS LINK for the full Data Fintech Kilimani Business Climate Index.
Mr. Joseph Muthee is the new Kilimani OCPD. He took office earlier last month taking over from Mr. Peter Kattam who had enjoyed a friendly relationship with members of the Kilimani Community.
Mr. Muthee’s most recent post was in Rift Valley and prior to that he had been the OCPD of Changamwe Division. Mr. Muthee has started off his role in a positive way, with an open door policy to fellow Kilimanians. He has also embraced full support for the Kilimani Police Station Redevelopment Project which was initiated under Mr. Kattams tenure.
Stephan Grabowski was placed first at the February 2017 Kili 5Km Run. The run attracted about 40 runners who started with a warm up under the guidance of an expert athlete coach from Lorna Sports. Simeon Dianga came out second and was followed by Jacob Bolo.
Other top finishers were Josh Sandler, Nick Larson and Anok Delafortrie. Among the ladies included Maureen, Flora Mutere and Njeri Cerere.
The first two finishers took home two smartphones while the first ten finishers took home 1000 shillings airtime courtesy of Safaricom.
Attendants then set up an interim Ward Development committee though appointing different citizens to take charge of health, education, planning, transport, trade and environment sectors.
The interim committee will start their work by:
The Committee comprises of:
Environment: Kate Anampiu
Trade: Beth Mwai and Jane Nyokabi
Planning: Mugo wa Karanja
Education: Pamela Odira
Health: Kelvin Okoth
Transport: John Muchiri
Meshak Omitti (NCC – Ward administrator),
Janet Kimeu (NCC – sub county administrator),
Irungu Houghton (KPF Chairperson)
Constant Cap (KPF Executive Director).
We would like to thank Prestige Plaza for hosting the meeting on Saturday 11th February.
Residents and business persons in Kilimani met on Saturday 11th February 2017 at Prestige Plaza mall for a civic education meeting on the Public Participation and Ward Development Framework.
The meeting was jointly organized by The Institute of Social Accountability (TISA), Nairobi City County Government (NCCG), Private Sector Development Trust (PSDT), Kilimani Project Foundation (KPF) and hosted by Prestige Plaza.
The attendants got insights and explanations into the functions of Development Committees and Forums at both ward and sub-county level. These are important in ensuring that the views of the people are received and understood by the county executive. These cover the planning, budgeting, implementation and oversight stages of county development.
Attendants were able to brainstorm on how views and opinions of residents and business people at local levels can be obtained and channeled upwards. Various ideas came out including possibilities of street representatives, sector representatives and court representatives.
Residents emphasized on the need for public participation prior to projects and not after projects. They also noted some of the challenges that the ward faces like lack of public toilets, lack of support for informal traders, lack of rubbish collection points, noise from night clubs and construction sites, water shortage and no understanding the process of construction.
On Monday 9th January over 40 residents of Apple Cross Road, Lavington, with support from the Kilimani Project Foundation, took a “citizen’s action” against public nuisance caused by a new club within their neighbourhood.
The residents peacefully asked the patrons to leave the premises as the social activities at the premise were causing public nuisance and disturbance. Many patrons left peacefully and apologized to the residents. The residents informed the OCPD that he must enforce the law: 11 pm rule, no roadside parking and no loud music.
The event was also captured in a press item which can be viewed here
The following day, after discussions and filing complaints at the Nairobi City County, the establishments’ liquor license and single business permit were withdrawn.
Residents along Galana Road, Kindaruma Road and other parts of Nairobi still continue with their struggle against noise pollution and public nuisance.
‘Collective action is power. Courage is a language we all need to speak.’
For more information you can get in touch with the officers in charge of the Southern Region.
Regional Personnel in Charge
Southern Regional Zones
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Executive Director: Constant Cap
Membership and Communications Assistant: Martha Wamuyu
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.
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