Eastleigh Community

Eastleigh is a vibrant neighborhood of Nairobi, located 10km from the central business district. It is also called ‘little Mogadishu’ due to its large Somali immigrant population. It has a population of over 400,000.

Major security challenges are:

  • gun related crime
  • organized gangs
  • gun trade
  • illegal immigration
  • drugs trade and substance abuse


Partners in Eastleigh:

Police, provincial administration, education sector, health facility, International Justice Mission, Kituo cha sharia (NGO), Fight for peace international (sports), Eastleigh business association


Usalama achievements:


  • The members of the safety forum have acted to share information and ideas that has led to the cooling of tension between the boda operators, criminals and police.
  • Former gang members have been engaged in the safety forum and activities
  • developed a framework that has resulted in police and community being able to work together to reduce crime
  • established a women safety volunteer program, support group among women whose children are involved in crime
  • managed to bring on board commercial sex worker, which expands the scoop of information gathering in the area

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