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Kawangware is a slum in Kenya. It is about 15km west of the city centre of Nairobi. It is between Lavington Estate and Dagoretti. It has hundreds of thousands of residents, many of whom are children. Water supplied by the city authority is not available every day.[1] Safe drinking water is expensive in Kawangware.[2]

A Kawangware Primary School, Kawangware School and Kawangware Academy exist. Many children in the slum do not attend school, however.[3] Kawangware has supermarkets.[4] The population is ethnically diverse.[5] Kawangware has a library.[6] Many persons in Kawangware are HIV-positive.[7] Kawangware has a medical clinic.[8] Most people there live on less than $1 USD a day.[9] Other informal settlements in the Nairobi area include Mathare, Huruma, Kiambiu, Korogocho, Mukuru and Kibera.[10]