Kibera Mamas

Kibera, in the centre of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, and home to 1.5 million people is the country’s largest and poorest slum. Shacks and Mud Huts, homes to these people, have no running water, electricity or sewage works. More than half the population have HIV or AIDS and, with less than a dollar a day, they cannot afford food or medicine. This is the story told to yesterday’s Cameo Club meeting by Simon and Joanne Schultz.

 Simon and Joanne


Simon and Joanne, together with other members of Chelmsford Salvation Army church, visited Africa in 2014 and again this year, helping to bring hands-on support, even if it was only for a few weeks. They discovered that, amidst the poverty and despair, there is hope and it is colourful and beaded.

The Kibera Mamas are a group of mothers with ambitions and dreams for better futures for themselves and their families. While their children attend the Salvation Army nursery school in Kibera, they handcraft unique and colourful ornaments from beads and wire.

As they make something beautiful from humble and simple origins, they are also creating a brighter and more colourful future for their families If any of our readers would like to offer financial support by purchasing one or more of these many and varied beautiful animal creations please visit this facebook page:

or contact Joanne Schultz on 01245 472880 or by email at

Simon and Joanne completed a very enjoyable (and informative) afternoon with some seasonal piano music (Simon) and songs (Joanne).


Major Estelle Clack, Cameo Leader, presented Joanne with a small gift as thanks for such a good afternoon.


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