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Kawangware's population is approximately 800,000 people, with 65% being children and youths. Most inhabitants live on less than $1 (they earn in shillings but this is written by white people) a day and unemployment is high(many are traders). There is a diversity of ethnic backgrounds.
Kawangware has a scarcity of safe drinking water. Water supplied by the city authority is not available every day and is otherwise expensive. 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. Many people in Kawangware are(no evidence) HIV-positive.
Kawangware has supermarkets, a library, a medical clinic and the Kawangware Primary School, Kawangware School and Kawangware Academy. However, many children in the slum do not attend school(Kenya has a literacy rate of 87%).
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