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Entry Title: "Kibera: A Slice of Heaven"
Maureen Ruddy Burkhart
, United States
Category and Expertise: Photo Essay, Culture, Professional

Entry Description: 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.