Beatrice Nyariara lives in Korogocho. It's widely considered to be Nairobi's most dangerous slum.
More than 150,000 people are packed into the shanty town which is less than two square kilometers.
Crime is high. Gangs are active. Addiction is rampant.
A while back, men in her community started to attack the "grandmothers" of Korogocho at night. Most of the women attacked are sexually assaulted, and some have been killed. The men believe that the elder women were less likely to be HIV positive. They also saw them as vulnerable.
A few years ago, Beatrice decided enough was enough. It was time to fight back. It was time to develop a community.
The result of that decision empowered the group, and taught their community to respect them, value them, and to know how to be there for them.
Together, they are taking back Korogocho.
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Director: Brent Foster
Producer: Tammy Foster
Director of Photography: Pawel Dwulit
Local Fixer: Evelyn Kahungu & George Kihara
Gaffer/Key Grip: Maciej Kulpa
Sound Recordist: Ednah Bonareri Momanyi
First AC: Mike Chege
Aerial Unit: Macdavis Mwangi & Christian Onyando
Editor: Shane Patrick Ford, Hiatus
Post-Production Supervisor: Catherine Pink, Hiatus
Title Graphics and End Credits: Reactiv
Original Score: David Chapdelaine, Hiatus
Colourist: Sofie Borup, Company 3
Sound Design: Defacto Sound
Transcriber: Mercy Muriuki
VFX Compositor: Kevin Jones
Mary Wanjiru Ng’ang’a
Mary Njoki Wainaina
Wambui wa kimuhu
Mary Wangui Njuguna
Veronica Njeri Kago
Jane Waithiageni Kiamuru
Susan Rued Anderson
Church of the Lord and Healing Ministries
Great Hope Network Children Centre
Korogocho Chief Nyabuto Omache
Equipment Generously Provided by:
William F. White International Inc.
The Work Inc.
In Memory of Frank Dymock and to all those living their legacy on a daily basis.
Visit the project at: whileimheretheproject.com
Copyright Foster Visuals Inc. 2018