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.
October is the 2015 pilot of a three year street reclamation & beautification competition led by residents, schools and businesses supported by the Kilimani Project Foundation. #KilimaniRising brings people together to clean streets, clean waterways, and clean neighborhoods—and by doing so, they become more connected to their community and to each other. Street committees will be judged on their beauty, functionality and multiple use of spaces, community participation, environmental cleanliness and safety and accessibility. Several residents, The County of Nairobi, Yaya Centre and Capital FM have expressed interest in supporting this programme. To find out more and register your street, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Board members spent Saturday meeting and listening to residents and business owners. 36 new members joined the Foundation. The Foundation welcomes Ajdu Deng, James Mwaura, Geraldo, Matilda Musumba, Njeri Mwangi, Caroline Njeri, Felicity Biriri, Lloyd Muposhi, Linda Kigera, Rose Catherine, Njagi Gakunju, Carol Musyoka, Jane Houghton, Shueb Eltaff, Eme and Milton Lore, Rose Rabar, Vincent Ogolo, Shamla Fernandez, Parni Vohra, Judy, Barbara Kamuna, L.Thomas, Cornelia, Sheila, Ann, Faith Silmantoi, Maureen Kambona, Mumbi, Janice, Edith and Natalie Tendwa. We also welcome Kilimani businesses Chinese Kitchen/DimSim and Hardware Homecare. Thank you for stopping by and helping us to map possible #Elnino hotspots. Would you like to join your community Foundation? Download the membership pack and get in touch https://www.dropbox.com/s/y4gubphnnv7m6rn/KPF%20Membership%20Brochure%202015.pdf?
Ever wondered what Korogocho and Kilimani have in common? Or what the kids of Koch call the Kids of Kili? Eighteen Kilimanians visited Korogocho in our very first exchange between these communities. We laughed and danced together. and played football and basketball against each other. One of the funniest moments was to hear that Koch kids call Kilikids “yogo yogo” (yoghurt) or wheatbix. The visit was organised with Koch based sister organisation “HopeRaisers” and sponsored by HYPE energy drinks
Our first #KilimaniRising design meeting. #KilimaniRising is a community action to clean up, create safety and own our streets. It is set to launch in October 2015.
Fresh from their successful campaign to stop stripping of women in public spaces, KilimaniMums held a learning session at the Foundation offices for eight women leaders from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Cameroun. Kilimani Project Foundation salutes their stand for women and girls to be safe when boarding and alighting from public transport anywhere in Kenya.
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
Irũngũ Houghton · Chairperson
Patricia Okelo · Secretary
Members: Francis Munyororo, Protus Nyamweya, Ann McCreath, Hasmukh Dawda, Anil Thakker, Pauline Ndirangu
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