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.
Nov 22, 2011

From 12 to 1,000 Binti's Expansion Over the Years

For nine years the Binti Pamoja Center has been providing safe spaces for adolescent girls and young women in Kibera, giving them an opportunity to receive quality comprehensive education on reproductive health and financial education. We begun with 12 girls and over the years and through the determination and hard work of the Binti Pamoja girls we are now able to work with over 1000 girls in Kibera. Working towards building their assets and fighting for and promoting a safe environment for young adolescent girls in Kibera, an environment that is otherwise hostile to the growth of young adolescent girls. The Binti Pamoja Center has promoted and appreciated the value of peer education, to give young adolescent girls an opportunity to act as agents of social change in their community among their peers and thereby creating an environment that is safe for young adolescent girls to grow and excel in their lives, an environment that enables them to reach their full potential.

This year 81 adolescent girls who recently graduated from our comprehensive two year training on reproductive health and financial literacy will now have the opportunity to be part of this great initiative by recruiting girls and forming their own groups, thereby being leaders in their community that empower other girls in the community and being role models and mentors for other young girls.

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Aug 23, 2011

Binti Partners with K-Rep on the Go-Girl Acount

Starting June 2011, the Binti Pamoja Program has partnered with Krep Bank to strengthen the financial assets of adolescent girls in Kibera, by opening savings account for Binti Pamoja safe spaces girls, through the Go Girl Account initiative. The project aims at opening accounts for 600 girls in the safe spaces program.

This opportunity will enable the girls to fully understand the concept of money and how to manage it wisely, by practically applying the basic skills taught in their weekly financial literacy session, such as budgeting and savings. Apart from giving them the experience of using financial services, it will also increase their confidence to make financial decisions and to become more economically empowered in the future by being able to take control of their finances.  The opportunity will also give the girls accessible and formal ways to save money which will reduce the risks and challenges faced when saving at home.

The Program has taken a strong asset development approach to address the economic vulnerability of young girls within Kibera especially.

Jun 1, 2011

Girl's Tennis Lessons

The Binti Pamoja program has partnered with the Zion Zone Tennis Foundation of Nairobi to teach tennis fundamentals to a group of girls from Kibera. The collaborative project seeks to address the plight of girls in Kibera slums, providing structured activities when the girls would otherwise be idle. Currently serving 15 girls, the program will eventually reach around 60 girls between the ages of 11 and 18. Along with tennis coaching from a professional player, the program educates the slum girls on HIV and AIDs and promotes positive self esteem with mentoring and counseling. The program includes weekly tennis coaching and HIV awareness classes, as well as visits from local women's sports personalities. Tournaments are held once a month.

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