On our first day in Kenya, we went with Pastor Chris of Karura Chapel to Huruma Slum. Barry posted a photo gallery of Huruma on his last trip to Kenya so the focus of this article is all about the kids of Huruma.

After visiting the slum I came away with the realization that, even though these kids live in abject poverty, they are still some of the happiest children I’ve ever seen.

Although I wrote all the captions, the initials after each indicate who took the picture…

JS – Jessica Shewan
SQ –
Scott Quigley
CS –
Christine Sullivan
BR –
Barry Rodriguez

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About the Author: Scott Quigley was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2009. He is a Junior at American University majoring in Anthropology. Scott loves studying international cultures and has a mortal fear of vending machines.

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  1. Barry Rodriguez said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 6:36 am  

    Awesome gallery, man! I think it really captures the feel of that day… A gnawing feeling of injustice mingled with huge smiles and laughter. Surreal to say the least.

    Thanks for posting.

  2. Linda Quigley said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 7:16 am  

    Thanks Scotty for the beautiful visit to the Haruma slum. At first, that is how I viewed the pictures….as a tourist. But, then I realized that the pictures and your comments had captured my heart and I was, indeed, seeing the children as God does…children with a hope and a future. Thanks for reminding me of God’s love and plan for all of his children. And thanks to all of four of you for pouring a bit of the kingdom of God into the lives of those children. Your presence in that day of their lives, more than your cameras, truly made a difference! You guys are the best!!!!

  3. Dave Quigley said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 7:23 am  

    Awesome story line and journalism carefully revealed through one picture and smile at a time. The joy of the kids is captivating – all the more so in the backdrop of Huruma…. Great job to Scott and the team!

  4. jeff mclaughlin said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 9:52 am  

    Wow! I am constantly amazed at how economically impoverished areas somehow reveal the most joy in their people. My experience in these areas has been the same as well when I have traveled in the past. I come home with such deep appreciation for simplicity in life. This makes me question myself when I find myself unhappy. Truth revealed. Thank you for sharing. The photos are great!!!

  5. Amy Osgood said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 10:08 am  

    Scott, Thanks so much for capturing what I cannot see. I am utterly moved at the children’s eyes. There is such depth. Before I even read your comment on the photo of the girl who started crying at her own photo, I was captivated by her. I stared at the picture for a long time, moved to tears and then I saw your comment. How could a child so beautiful weep at the sight of herself? I have some wrestling to do. Thank you Scott for giving me images to wrestle over! If you have that child’s name or story would you please let me know?

  6. Michelle Shewan said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 10:09 am  

    Thank you for providing an intimate walk through Huruma slum, which allowed me to pause and take in so many aspects of what all of you saw and experienced. I appreciate being able to look into the eyes of the children,then back away and see them in their environment, and somehow come away feeling that there is still so much life there. Thanks to Karura Chapel for moving in and bringing hope.

  7. Penny said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 11:13 am  

    Oh how I loved this slide show! Incredible pics and such a good job of capturing the emotions of your time there.
    (Penny – looking like Dave)

  8. Aaron Elliott said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 11:15 am  

    “A picture is worth a 1000 words.”

    Wow, some of those pictures just grab my heart and stir my emotions. Great stuff!


  9. Austin Siebert said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 11:56 am  

    Since when are you such a great photographer? I never knew this! Wow, I can’t believe that you are actually going through some of the poorest places in the world and finding the light in the darkest of situations. You can tell in each one of the kid’s eyes that they were so happy to see you guys and play with you. It reminds me of the expressions I encountered from the elders of Trannsylvania after a concert. The look on there face is life changing and a sign of discovery. They will always have a image of success to move towards. Your making a true difference in the world.

  10. Dave Rod said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 1:25 pm  

    yeah…what is behind those eyes? And what future DO they have? And what role do we have in their futures? Lots of questions for me to chew on. Thank you for taking me there.

    (Dave looking a lot like Dave)

  11. Brad Ruggles said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 2:33 pm  

    You guys did such an amazing job on those photos! It brought tears to my eyes on some and a smile to my face on others.

    It may sound cheesy but it really does make it feel like it really is the “world next door.” Your photos and stories help bring a piece of that world home to us.

    Thanks for all you guys are doing. We’re praying for you. Keep up the great work.

  12. Annie said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 4:51 pm  

    Great photos. What beautiful smiles these children have.

  13. Sharon said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 5:08 pm  

    Wonderful pictures and captions. Thank you for the reminder that these are not just “those poor children over there”, but precious little people, each unique and made in the image of God. The grinning little boy from the last frame is now my desktop wallpaper. I wish I had that simple, infectious joy.

  14. Jo Nading said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 7:06 pm  

    Scott – the only thing better for me would be to be there with you. I love walking with you so closely on this journey.

    Keep on offering the safe touch of Jesus. More than money or food or clothing, I wonder if your time, your undivided attention, your willingness to look these kids and adults right in the eye and consider each one your “Kingdom equal”….I just wonder if that will feed the soul more than we can possibly imagine – bridge the chasms – be a little portable ER for the heart…..even if just one tiny fiber is healed..just for a moment….gosh, how wonderful that must feel to each one….and to our God.

    Here’s a blog-hug….to you all.

  15. Lucy Rodriguez said... 


    June 16th, 2009 at 11:11 pm  

    I can’t believe that this is only the the 3rd post from this trip! I cant wait to see what you guys are going to share from your whole experience. So awesome.

  16. shelli said... 


    June 17th, 2009 at 9:21 pm  

    Simply brilliant pictures. Short of being there (wish I was), I couldn’t feel more connected…. way to capture the pure emotion! Keep em coming!

  17. Bharat Krishnan said... 


    June 18th, 2009 at 3:43 am  

    Amazing, Scott – Great work!

  18. meg blevins said... 


    June 18th, 2009 at 10:49 am  

    what a covering of love you are in their midst. thank you.

  19. Drew Tomasik said... 


    June 19th, 2009 at 1:10 pm  

    Great job with the captions, Bro! And all those pictures are stunning.

  20. Amy Sorrells said... 


    June 19th, 2009 at 2:48 pm  

    The three Sorrells boys just enjoyed looking at all these photos . . . Isaac was especially enthralled with Isaac. And they especially loved their smiles. Their favorite was the smile on the face of the boy in the last picture. Thank you for bringing the reality of these kiddos to our living room and to my kiddos. This is how we start changing the world for their generation, too. Love this!!!!

  21. Adam Koelsch said... 


    June 19th, 2009 at 4:14 pm  

    Scott, it was a pleasure to know you at American U and it’s truly a privilege to see where life is taking you. The children in the photos are an inspiring combination of tenacity and innocence. Thank you for sharing and God bless you, the team and Huruma!

  22. Blake Anderson said... 


    June 20th, 2009 at 9:00 am  

    I LOVE those last two photos. So powerful.

  23. Emily Austin said... 


    June 22nd, 2009 at 12:58 pm  

    the last 2 were beautiful! loved the gallery. :)

  24. Rob Yonan said... 


    June 23rd, 2009 at 10:27 pm  

    What is it about the smiles and laughter of children that is so captivating, contagious and hopeful? Oh how much I have to learn…

  25. grandma Mack said... 


    July 17th, 2009 at 4:17 pm  

    Thank you for this candid look at Huruma and the difference the love and caring brings to these little ones. I am so glad you young folk are investing yourselves in this special work this summer. God bless you always, grandma Mack

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