Sad and disturbing experience
December 2012 off to Kenya and full of big expectations that went down after the visit to Kibera by the hand of Freddy our guide.
We have had a similar experience as described by manuelrauch-Baden-Baden,16th december 2011.
Weeks before our trip to Kibera we get in contact with Freddy.We were very interested in knowing the Mamá Tunzas project.
Freddy wrote us saying he had settled a meeting for us with her.
The day of our visit to Kibera arrived.We payed 52€ 2 pax to Freddy for the visit and bought a lot of things,food,hygienic kits....
to give to Mamá Tunza for their children.
We were in a very good mood but the 4 hours Freddy´s guided walk through Kibera "streets" become at first a shopping tour....the showroom of a
HIV-Support place with girls making stuff and selling it.It´s not compulsary buying but we were under pressure tu buy.
Then another showroom which had nothing to do with any humanitarian project was a handicraft workshop making accessories and souvenirs for tourists
trying to sell you stuff there,and so on....
We were worried as the time was flying over without really visiting Kibera.Well at last we were able to walk throuhg "the streets" of Kibera and seeing as the people lives.We were impressed and sad.At the end of the tour Freddy took us to "her mothers home living room",so he told us,invited to Coca Cola and
tried to sell us some T-shirts.He should not have done it as we were there not for shopping.More,he also told us that he was taking a toll of 4€ per month
to poor people living in each one of the Kibera´s huts.Incredible,humiliating and shameful!
We were all the time awaiting to meet Mamá Tunza as promised but in the end he said it was not possible.We were very astonished.He asked to give him
all the food and hygienic kits we bought for Mamá Tunzas children.We didn´t like but he said that he´ll make a photography with Mamá Tunza receiving
our present and straightaway he´ll send us the pic.
Till now,june 2013,we´ve not received that photo....So we think that our gift never reached the Mamá Tunza´s hands.
Briefly whaty a pity all that.