Destiny Shapers is a Community Based Foundation started to help change the status quo and lives of people living in the Korogocho slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The idea to set up a foundation came about after interacting with the community as volunteers for over one year when the youth group felt it necessary to register themselves as a Foundation under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development in November 2013.
The Korogocho slum is the fourth largest informal settlement in Nairobi, after Kibera, Mathare and Mukuru Kwa Njenga. It is in the eastern part of Nairobi, approximately 11 kilometers from the central business district. It is estimated to house between 100,000 and 120,000 people on 1.5 square kilometers of land owned by the Government of Kenya. It borders the largest dumping site in Nairobi – the Dandora dumping site – posing environmental health and security risk for the residents and surrounding settlements.
The total number of households enumerates approximately at 18,537, with the largest of the seven villages consisting of 3,481 homes.
The current sources of data also estimate that the children exceed 4,000 and they are only two County Council schools, serving them. The open spaces in Korogocho, like in other informal settlements, are also few thus limiting recreation and other forms of leisure opportunities for young people.
Due to the minimal educational opportunities, the unemployment rate is very high with most employed as casual workers in seasonal jobs. Some of the tasks include washing clothes, carrying heavy loads in the markets, pulling handcarts, draining the pit latrine and garbage collection. The more affluent tend to manage informal businesses, with most women operating road-side business units offering goods at cheaper rates. Men, on the other hand, prefer more manual based income generating activities such as carpentry, welding, and construction