Entry Title: "Kibera: A Slice of Heaven"
Name: Maureen Ruddy Burkhart , United States
Category and Expertise: Deeper Perspective, Professional


Entry Description: -

Story: KIBERA, Africa’s largest urban slum, has a bad reputation, but there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. At a propitious time in my life, I accepted a volunteer position with a Kenyan-based hygiene and women’s empowerment project. Seeing past the obvious obstacles of this life of poverty, I found the resilience and hard working ethic of these residents inspiring. I couldn’t help but see the ties that bind us together: a sense of community, family ties, pride and joy.

About the Artist:

I received my BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and have had many creative pursuits since then. I am currently working on a documentary series in the Kibera slum of Nairobi.