Karibu Afrika Kenya (KAK) is a registered international NGO in Kenya since 2009. Aiming to develop Africa from the grassroots, through promotion of: sports, education and inter-culture. Development and promotion of sports being the main objective. However, that is hinged or based on the context of education on one hand and socio-culture on the other hand. Focussing on the child and youth development sport presented as a great aggregative and educational potential, especially in a disadvantaged context such as slums communities, contribute to social inclusion. Furthermore, KAK consider education a principle key factor not only for effective development of sports but also community change. KAK, through strong partnerships with international bodies, local educational and sports organizations, intends to establish centres of excellence, free spaces, dynamic and safe zones for children to learn, grow and have fun within sports and leisure activities. All activities are designed with gender sensitive focus.
KAK currently operate in but not confined to the slums of Nairobi and Kisumu. Where activities are implemented in/from 2 hub centres in the slums of Mathare and Manyatta respectively. In these communities KAK runs 3 sports projects, a Basketball and Football since 2014 and more recently introduced Rugby. Directly benefitting, about 500 children, between age 6 to 18 years, and, 100 youths below 25 years old. 40% female while 60% male. KAK also run a school based program that combines sports and life-skills education in 15 basic learning institutions (mostly private and community)operating within the slums of Mathare - Nairobi and, Manyatta – Kisumu which also directly benefits approximately 600 children per year. KAK uses the aggregative and pedagogical potential of sport like a strong key component to keep committed and easily involve the children but also to contribute to their physical and psychological health.
KAK mainly but not largely partners with international or foreign bodies for the implementation of these activities or projects and or donors are: Slums Dunk Odv (from the project SLUMS DUNK) an Italian based organization founded by Professional Basketball players. Their main focus is promotion of Basketball activities. The small now onlus (Italian) is focusing the football activities in Manyatta Kisumu and Joy formazione (Italian) focussing on the football activities in Nairobi. and finally but not least KAK has signed agreement with Rugby League Roo (Australian company) for a project to promote Rugby activities in Kenya.
In Collaboration with other international and local associations and projects KAK has led the implementation of various sports, education, culture as well health and food security related projects or activities. Over the period KAK has organized trainings and capacity buildings, targeting local youth already actively engaged in these fields. Out of whom KAK recruits its human resource for voluntary or salaried services. Most of the trainings are based on ToTs (Training of Trainers or Coaching the Coach) modules to enhance more coaching and managerial sklls or abilities at the grassroots.
prevousely have had the pleasure to collaborate with other organizations and donors to mention, Chiesa Valdese (Italian), Karibu Afrika Onlus (italIan), Tag International (American) through World Friends Onlus(Italian/kenyan). Our local networks include community based groups and learning institutions.
KAK has over fifteen years of experience in community sports and mobility of human resource and knowledge. KAK started implementing an exchange program for University Students with the aim to enhancing a network of Kenyan CSOs in 2006, with a main focus on training of trainers (ToT). Each year since 2009 KAK organizes coaching camps and clinics bringing together local and international/professional experts, from sports and educational sectors.
SLUMSPORTS PROGRAM “Sports for Education and Empowerment of communities”
2014 – to date: KAK’s main project. A Combination of all sporting activities aiming at improving sporting general life conditions of children and youth among the grassroots communities specifically in the slums. Basketball, Football and more recently, Rugby are the on-going projects. Sport is a tool to involve, mobilize and attract the beneficiaries and to facilitate lifeskills and health education not only in 20 partner schools located in these slums but as well general advocacy and awareness to the larger community. Education is the answer for real empowerment of communities, children and youth. Special attention is given to gender balancing and women involvement. KAK runs these activities from two hub centres based in the sprawling Mathare slums and the semi urban Manyatta slums in the cities of Nairobi and Kisumu respectively. With attempts or piloting made to extend similar activities to rural communities particularly in Kisumu County.
The objectives or activities include: -
The project has benefitted directly over 2000 school going children from the slums every year empowering them with skills in sports and health or lifeskills. Approximately 100 teenagers are beneficiaries of education scholarships as a result of athletic abilities to various high schools across the country and a few others securing scholarships abroad.
The program previously received funding in its combined status largely by Tavola or Chiesa Valdese and partly by TAG International (American)led by World Friends Onlus.
SLUMSDUNK KENYA BASKETBALL PROJECT: 2012 - to date: Initially started as a basketball training project binding basketball practice and social inclusion for marginalized coaches and players. Targeting youth development through quality basketball and lifeskills training camps done all over Africa. By 2015 became a full project running 2 basketball academies in Kenya and has since inspired formation of similar projects across the world. Every year the project trained group of 15 – 20 local basketball coaches initially also regional (east Africa) coaches.
1. SlumsDunk Basketball Academy- Mathare Own a court in collaboration with Whynot School and community centre, in Mathare Nairobi. Approximately 150 beneficiaries
2. SlumsDunk Basketball Academy- Kisumu based at Kisumu Baptist church in Manyatta b. averagely 100 beneficiaries
Donor - Slums Dunk ODV
SLUMSOCCER PROJECT: 2012 – to date: Initially started BY WAY OF as tournaments organized between local youth groups or cbos and italain students on a cultural exchange program dubbed “Study Africa in Africa (SAIA)” based particularly in the slums of Nairobi and subsequently to kisumu and even to rural communities in some parts of Kenya. During such annual and sometimes quarterly events, groups and clubs would receive donations of sports equipments and materals collected by the students. These created a wave of inspiration and enthusiasm among the communites and when KAK obtained registration it automatically became the first project. It subsequently inspred a noble project dubbed ”Altri Mondially (another world )Cup to south africa by matatu/road” to coincide with the 2010 world cup finals in south Africa. It immediately progressed to organizing a football training program involving young soccer coaches and players living in the slum of Mathare Nairobi. Aiming at youth development through quality football and life skills training camps done in the slums of Kenya. Every year the project trained 1- 3 groups of 15 – 20 young soccer coaches. Based on these actvtes approximately 100 teens have obtained education scholarships either in local institutions or abroad. Majority basketball players.
KAK runs two academies under this project namely: -
Donor: KAK, Joy Formazione Onlus, The Small Now Onlus,
KAK - GRASSROOTS RUGBY LEAGUE PROJECT: 2022
Beginning Oct. 2022 KAK entered agreement with Rugby League Roo to promote rugby league activities in Kenya. It’s Intended to take similar pathway to the above sister projects and is beng implemented concurrently at the two respective bases in Nairobi Mathare and Kisumu Manyatta slums.