Ted Nyaima
HNP Kibera Manager
My name is Ted Nyaima, and I am a manager with Human Needs Project. I am 25 years old and I have a Diploma in Business management . Growing up in Kibera has been hard and challenging, but at the same time, it has equipped me with life skills that have enabled me overcome all the odds and eventualities of life.
 
People perceive Kibera as a slum where poverty and diseases prevail, but I view it as a place full of hope, opportunities and inspiration where with the right mind and attitude, success comes. I lost my mom when I was 12, since then things have never been easy. She was a great inspiration, and always told me to have a positive view of things in all the difficult situations we went through.
 
We struggled to make ends meet and I was almost giving up, until Human Needs Project came, having been introduced to me by a great like-minded friend, Yema Khalif. It was an idea and opportunity that I gladly jumped to, knowing the significance that the project held especially to the kibera community at large. Where all the other NGO’s failed to solve even the simplest of our problems like water and sanitation, HNP came up with a holistic approach to our problems, focusing on our day-to-day needs.
 
I thank Connie Nielsen, David Warner and the entire HNP fraternity for this wonderful opportunity, they saw something in us that the rest couldn’t see. A year from now, I see myself in the project--mentoring the next group of recruits, planning for the smooth transition of the centre from HNP to the community, and being part of its growth to other parts of the country and to the rest of the world.