Lea Toto

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(cont'd) immediately was exactly what is a 'normal' life for the people living in the Kibera slum. I was about to find out. Sr. Little turned me over to my escorts, two ladies, lifelong residents of Kabera, who took me into the heart of their community. I was impressed with their sophisticated knowledge of the HIV/AID epidemic, related health issues as well as their world view. . . and especially the hope for new leadership in their up-coming election. They were obviously well educated and asked far better questions of me than I did of them. Along the way we met friends who invited us into their living quarters . . . a rented room about 8 x 8 with a sheet separating the sleeping area from the 'living' room. Often 6 or 7 people live in that area. I was introduced to two moms who had babies on the same day three months ago. I held the bottle for one of the babies . . . the formula supplied by Leatoto. They were encouraged by my 'escorts' to be sure and make their next appointment at the clinic.

The slum is one of the largest in the world, housing over a half million residents. I was warned of the dangers . . . Pollution open sewage pits and filth beyond description. Yet inside the homes, I found cheerful people, happy children who wanted to know about me, and had a deep sense of community. I'm sure they have no clue what my life is like and I was not about to tell them that it is any better than theirs.

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(I believe the senator has visited this area but the connection went un- noticed until I was told that 'Senator' was the name of a locally brewed beer! (See next photo)

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