Slum Lighting
Lighting In Nairobi Slums

"The people who live in the slums around Nairobi and other towns of our country require special attention.”
- His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H., M.P., President of the Republic of Kenya.
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valuation report from Steadman Group on the evaluation of the lighting initiative in Nairobi by Adopt A Light.

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Over 60% of Nairobi’s population of 3.5 million live in the Informal Settlements. Currently, there are over 160 slums in the city, covering an approximate area of 500 hectares. Kenya’s informal settlements are generally described as being over populated havens of crime that lack proper sanitation and social amenities.

Kenya has an annual Informal Settlement growth rate of 5%, which is one of the highest in the world. According to the UN-HABITAT, this number is likely to double in the next 30 years if positive intervention measures are not taken.

“The people who live in the slums around Nairobi and other towns of our country require special attention.”

His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H., M.P., President of the Republic of Kenya.

The key objective of the Millennium Development Goals is to improve the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers worldwide. It is in line with this noble objective that Adopt a Light embarked on an ambitious project to light up the lives of Kenya’s disadvantaged population residing in the Informal Settlements.

Our Slum Lighting Project was commissioned in December 2005, where 60% of the Kenyan working force live; lacking basic social amenities such as shelter, access to safe and clean water, electricity, proper drainage, sanitation, security… just to mention but a few.

Poor or lack of lighting has been proved to fuel the rate of crime in any city. Independent research conducted in the United Kingdom established that lighting reduces the rate of crime by up to 40%. By putting in place proper lighting infrastructure, the extra resources allocated to curb insecurity could be redeployed to other sectors.

“The incidence of crime, robbery and gang violence, as well as gender based domestic violence; undermine both macro and micro economic growth and productivity of a country’s development, as well as social and individual well-being”.

Dr. Anna K. Tibaijuka, The Executive Director, UN Habitat

We have erected high masts in the following informal Settlements:

  1. Kibera
  2. Mathare
  3. Mji wa Huruma
  4. Huruma
  5. Soweto (Kahawa West)
  6. Kawangware
  7. Kangemi

    These high masts are 30 meters high and light up an area of not less than 90, 000 square meters providing light to over 7, 500 homes in a densely populated slum. This project has been tested and proven to have provided a conducive environment for productive economic activities among the slum dwellers.


Our Slum Lighting project is facilitated through advertising on the High masts erected in the respective settlements. Adopt a Light realizes that advertising through lighting is an effective communication tool that enriches the quality of lives of slum dwellers, but also paves the way for slum upgrading initiatives such as road construction, electrification, water, sanitation and drainage systems; in addition to securing markets for our sponsors’ products and services. The African continent supports the Millennium Development Goals. A partnership with Adopt a Light sets the pace for the slum upgrading process in your towns, cities and country.

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