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G Jue (Generation Know Yourself)

Former members of a local gang who left crime to start a community service group.

Location: Kitui Ndogo Slum, Nairobi, Kenya

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Due to extreme poverty, corruption, and the harsh circumstances of slum life, many Kitui residents turn to crime to make ends meat.

Due to extreme poverty, corruption, and the harsh circumstances of slum life, many Kitui residents turn to crime to make ends meat.

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The environmental factors in the slum are truly demoralizing and a significant health hazard. Indirectly, they greatly contribute to the prevalence of crime and despondency.

The environmental factors in the slum are truly demoralizing and a significant health hazard. Indirectly, they greatly contribute to the prevalence of crime and despondency.

An idea was proposed to build sewage trenches to address one of the more urgent sanitation problems. Thanks to a team of international volunteers, the money was raised to perform the work.

An idea was proposed to build sewage trenches to address one of the more urgent sanitation problems. Thanks to a team of international volunteers, the money was raised to perform the work.

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1,000 ft. of trenches were built to funnel waste to a nearby river, which improved the sanitation conditions for 6,000 residents.

1,000 ft. of trenches were built to funnel waste to a nearby river, which improved the sanitation conditions for 6,000 residents.

The labor was performed by youth involved with crime, who were being targeted by police. The project inspired them to rethink their lives...

The labor was performed by youth involved with crime, who were being targeted by police. The project inspired them to rethink their lives...

"G Jue" or Generation Know Yourself was born. A group that now gets paid by residents to do service work in the community, whose members have not gone back to crime since.

"G Jue" or Generation Know Yourself was born. A group that now gets paid by residents to do service work in the community, whose members have not gone back to crime since.