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The Ruben Centre is a non-profit, charity organization run by the Christian Brothers African Province. It offers educational, health and community development programs to the residents of one of the largest slums in Nairobi (known as both the Ruben Slum as well as Mukuru community).
There are many health related issues within the slum, and the most common diseases include malaria, typhoid, dysentery, tuberculosis and AIDS. Malnutrition is visible among the children. This is primarily related to the high cost of food in relation to the low family income. Any medical facilities are beyond the reach of most of the residents.
The high level of poverty also puts basic education beyond the reach of many families. This has contributed to high illiteracy and drop out levels. Dropouts amount to 44% of the school-going children in the slums. Many parents are unable to pay the few hundred shillings per term towards school fees.