Our History


We represent many voices in the slums and this is who we are

We are a registered trust operating as a non-profit organization based in Mathare slums, Nairobi, Kenya. Set up in 2006 with a goal of documenting the lives and stories of people in Mathare settlement- one of the biggest slums in Africa - we have achieved this by placing the tool of self-representation in the hands of the slum dwellers.

While the mainstream media may depict the slum in a not-so-right fashion, Slum Tv focuses on creating a symphony between all the elements that make up the slum so that when we tell our stories - of our brothers, sisters, parents, economic and socio-political environment - it is not only as authentic as it can be, but it is also educative and entertaining. Through this approach, we are able to curate the best stories of dreams, survival, and passion that can only, best be told by our trainees, alumni and staff as we all hail from the depths of the Mathare slums.

Through the camera lens, we at Slum TV have now embarked on a journey towards becoming an international slums’ broadcasting channel with a focus on pictography & videography sustained by a desire for the sustainability of our programs, soul, and passion that can be found nowhere else.

We are a grassroots media community providing a means of expression to informal settlement communities in Kenya by providing the pertinent tools for this.

With a vision to radically redefine the image of the informal settlements we work in, we use film as empowerment and development tool while networking with other similar-minded organizations in raising awareness nationally and internationally about the lives of informal dwellers.

“..........It is not uncommon for visiting dignitaries to wonder around Mathare in a press jaunt. However, I had the impression that the local audience did perceive us as different. So developing from this experience onto Slum TV, I think what I am most interested in is the issue of primary and secondary audience.” Sam Hopkins.

“....working for years with process-oriented works, that produce public sphere…I started before going to Nairobi to get contacts with interested people. Sam Hopkins was our first contact, and for me it was clear, after I saw the works he did, that I want to work with that guy. I started earlier, to think about archives, and how to make them public….i wanted to work something out in the field of media….with Sam Hopkins, we found the person who had cooperated with people from Mathare Slums.” Alexander Nikolic.

Our Vision

A radically redefined image of the slum

Our Mission

To capture, document and tell authentic stories on the lives of slum dwellers through film and photography

Core Values

• Integrity, accountability and transparency
• Quality
• Innovation
• Integrity
• Partnerships
• Passion