This is Sham Patel. Earlier this year, he started documenting the stories of Nairobi's homeless people in a Facebook project called Homeless of Nairobi.
Patel has been sharing the stories of people he meets in their own words.
Some stories are about solidarity.
Some are about overcoming personal demons.
Some are about hidden talents.
And some are about bygone dreams.
But not everyone on Nairobi's streets has energy left for talent or dreams.
This man told Patel that he saves up small change until he has enough money to rent a handcart. Then he collects hundreds of plastic bottles from the trash and sells them, for cents per kilo, to buy food.
"The homeless are the least common denominator in Kenya because they're not the people who vote, so politicians don’t give a shit about them. They’re ignored completely by the government," Patel says.
But helping doesn't always bring a happy ending, as Patel recently learned from a group effort to help Daniel.
After Patel began posting about Daniel, a donor funded a modest apartment for him.
Some of Homeless of Nairobi's Facebook followers became Daniel's friends, too.
They visited him in his new home. One gave him new shoes.
For a while, Daniel's new situation was working out great.
But after a few months, things changed. No one's quite sure what, exactly, because Daniel disappeared. He left his new home and Patel hasn't heard from him.
"We learned a lot from that experience. We told him, 'If you want to leave, leave.' You cannot force a grown man to do something the doesn't want to. Maybe his missed his friends." They wouldn't visit, Patel said. "He was scared and skeptical."
"So many people have come before you. They've come with their cameras and their friends and say they will change things. So many people want to help." Patel says he's trying to find the best ways to make good on those intentions.
Jina Moore is the global women's rights correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Berlin.
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