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Kawangware (locally: [kawaŋˈgware]) is a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, about 15 km west of the city centre, between Lavington and Dagoretti.

Kawangware's population is approximately 800,000 people, with 65% being children and youths. Most inhabitants live on less than $1 (although they earn in shillings) a day and unemployment is high; many are self-employed traders. There is a diversity of ethnic backgrounds.[1]

Kawangware has a scarcity of safe drinking water. Water supplied by the city authority is not available every day[2] or is otherwise expensive.[1] There are waterborne diseases, respiratory pneumonia, malaria as well as an increase in cases of airborne diseases due to the poor sewerage system in Kawangware.[1] Many people in Kawangware are HIV-positive.[3]

Kawangware has supermarkets,[2] a library,[4] a medical clinic and the Kawangware Primary School, Kawangware School and Kawangware Academy. However, many children in the slum do not attend school.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Kawangware Slum". Africalightchristian.org. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  2. ^ a b https://web.archive.org/web/20091013105438/http://www.loveshackkenya.ie/aboutlKG.htm. Archived from the original on October 13, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Kawangware Projects | Ray of Hope". Rayofhopeinternational.org. 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  4. ^ "kawangware community library and information Centre". Cbl-kenya.tripod.com. 2008-01-26. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  5. ^ "NextAid. Creating Sustainable Solutions for Children in Africa Orphaned by AIDS". Nextaid.org. Retrieved 2015-12-17.