Carolina for Kibera, Inc.

Run by Kenyans and advised by American and Kenyan volunteers, CFK's mission is to promote youth leadership and ethnic cooperation in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya through sports, young women's empowerment, and community development. Additionally, CFK works to improve basic healthcare, sanitation, and education in Kibera.

Carolina for Kibera, Inc.
FedEx Global Education Center UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Box 5145
Suite 3014
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
United States
919-962-6362
http://cfk.unc.edu

Executive Director

Leann Bankoski

Management Team

Leann Bankoski, Salim Mohamed, Abdul "Cantar" Hussein, Irene Muriithi, Mark Muasa, Stella Sigana, Kennedy Juma, Sarah Waithera, Hellen Onyango, Cathrine Wagude, Yunus Mohamed, Joseph Wairoto, Victrine Oluoch, Moses Ojwang, Rachel Ambasa, Elizabeth Ng'ang'a, Onesmus Langat, Ann Kungu, Jeffrey Okoro, Jane Atieno, Andrew Kerr, Nick Johnson

Board of Directors

Ben Mshila, Rye Barcott, Jennifer Coffman, Niklaus Steiner, David Callaway, Lorraine Elliot, Brett Bullington, Beth-Ann Kutchma, Arlene Davis, Karen Austrian, Hillary Okhidi Omala, Francis Kibet, Kathleen McGinn, Sandra Canfield, David Mshila, George Kuria

Project Leaders

Leann Bankoski
Leann Bankoski

Mission

Run by Kenyans and advised by American and Kenyan volunteers, CFK's mission is to promote youth leadership and ethnic cooperation in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya through sports, young women's empowerment, and community development. Additionally, CFK works to improve basic healthcare, sanitation, and education in Kibera.

Programs

Our Sports Association uses sports (soccer and jumprope) to teach healthy life choices and promote peace across gender and ethnic divides in Kibera. 5,280 boys and girls participate in CFK's annual soccer tournament. To play in the tournament, each team much include youth of different tribes. Players learn teamwork and demonstrate commitment to community service by participating in trash clean-ups. The initiative also uses soccer as a venue to discuss reproductive health. Youth educators talk to players and game spectators about HIV/AIDS prevention in a casual, non-threatening environment. Our Tabitha Medical Clinic is a community-based clinic in Kibera with two full-time physicians, six clinicians, a comprehensive laboratory, x-ray services, a central pharmacy, HIV/AIDS counseling services, and a youth-friendly reproductive health clinic - all run in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tabitha Clinic offers healthcare to all residents on a sliding-fee scale, and serves 40,000 patients per year. Our Daughters United Center is a reproductive health and womens' rights center for 11 to 18 year-old girls in Kibera. The Center has helped girls explore the issues that are prevalent in their daily lives; violence against women, rape, prostitution, HIV/AIDS, female genital mutilation, poverty, sexual abuse, unequal access to education, lack of reproductive health care and information, and demanding domestic responsibilities. The Center uses photography, drama, writing, and group discussion to investigate such issues in depth, allowing the girls to confront these issues and learn technical information about reproductive health and financial literacy. The program currently has twenty-seven active Safe Spaces groups - at least one in every village in Kibera - lead by alumni. Safe Spaces group provide a safe, nurturing, and educational environment for girls to explore the issues that affect them most and develop leadership and financial literacy skills that help secure a better future for adolescent girls in Kibera. Our Sexual Reproductive Health Program uses community theater, debates, school clubs, and innovative door-to-door campaigns, led by fifty-two Peer Youth Educators, to educate the community about HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. They also hand out thousands of condoms, conduct one-on-one counseling sessions and make referrals to Tabitha Clinic for family planning and testing. Our Trash is Cash program is a community-managed solid waste management and recycling program that views garbage as an economic resource in Kibera. The 35 youth employees of the waste collection initiative serve 2,352 households in Kibera, providing a regular pick up service for a small fee. Trash is Cash operates two recycling centers, providing jobs for another 20 youth. The program also works with local womens' groups who collect, sort, and clean plastic bags and fashion them into retail products like purses for sale in local markets. Across all of the small business groups that Trash is Cash works with in Kibera, computer-based entrepreneurship trainings are offered regularly and outside consultants and volunteers work with local ventures to support development and growth of locally owned businesses. Our Education Program ensures that a family's material circumstances do not limit a student's ability to attend - and excel in - school. None of the scholarships are full awards. Families share responsibility for fees as a demonstrated commitment to students' academic success. This program fully invests in student development, providing mentorships, counseling, tutoring, career panels, study skills and community service.

Statistics on Carolina for Kibera, Inc.

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2007: $250,000
  • Annual Budget for 2006: $225,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $275,000
  • Other funding sources: Novo Foundation; Ronald McDonald House Charities; Gates Foundation; Center for Disease Control; Ford Foundation; Nike Foundation; Omidyar Network; American Jewish World Service; Kenan Foundation, SC Johnson; University of North Carolina; Duke University; private individuals & charitable funds.
  • Religious Affiliation: Carolina For Kibera is not affiliated with any religion

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