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Karika is a CBO based in Riruta , Kawangware, Nairobi


The focus of Karika is to alleviate poverty and hardship for older people in the community.  The long term vision is to improve the lives of the elderly in Kenya.  Karika currently supports up to 200 ageing people (ranging in age from 45 - 92 years).  The project is located in Riruta/Kawangware, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya.  The problems facing the people in Riruta are many:

  • Poverty
  • Lack of sanitation, water and electricity
  • Drug and Alcohol abuse
  • Prostitution
  • Street children and orphans lacking parental guidance and education
  • Lack of medical assistance

Karika Vision

"To empower ageing people and give them a better quality of life"


Karika is located in the slum known as Riruta, bordering Kawangware, an area of 7.3 square kilometers located in the Dagoretti division of Nairobi.  65,958 people live in this area in very basic accommodation.  Most homes consist of 'shanty like' corrugated iron structures no more than 9 square feet.  there is no running water, no electricity and no sanitation.

There is a high increase of one or two parent orphans in the area of Riruta due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  Ageing people are being called upon to assist with their grandchildren.

The elderly people have no way of earning an income and have no pension, therefore they are under hugh financial strain.  Thankfully the government is now recognising their vulnerability and their valuable contribution to Kenyan society and the most needy are receiving pensions.  Karika is working very hard to achieve pensions for all older people in Kenya.

Older people  are stressed due to their inability to meet their own needs and those of their families.  The live in chronic poverty.  

Karika was founded in 2003 by Elijah Mwega to try and alleviate these problems.



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