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.
Sep 10, 2013

A Partnership with PINCC to Stop Cervical Cancer

On the homepage of the Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC) website you find a statistic in bold type: “Cervical cancer kills 300,000 women worldwide each year, even though it is completely preventable.”  This was repeated by volunteers from PINCC who came to the Tabitha Clinic recently for a week of training, education and treatment for women, community health workers, nurses and others.  I’ve had many conversations about cervical cancer with Adah, a CFK nurse whose passion is supporting Kiberan women to prioritize prevention of diseases through screenings and thoughtful family planning.  As screening for cervical cancer is relatively new in Kibera, it is clear from talking with Ada how difficult the work is when she meets women who have developed the disease, especially knowing what we all now know from PINCC’s bold statistic, that this disease is completely preventable.

CFK and PINCC have partnered together to increase awareness of methods for preventing cervical cancer among families in Kibera.  For a week, ten PINCC volunteers (made up of gynecologists, nurses and administrative support) teamed with the Tabitha Clinic to not only educate clinic staff and the community but to offer free screenings and treatment for women with precancerous cells so that they never develop the cancer.  The team additionally trained CFK clinic staff on the procedures for screening women and for treating the early signs of the disease so that Tabitha Clinic can continue to offer these services.

During the week of PINCC’s visit, the ground floor of Tabitha Clinic was transformed into a reproductive health and treatment area.  Women came from all over Kibera for the services, including many women from the Daughters United program (Binti Pamoja) and other CFK program participants and family members.  In total 173 women were screened over four days, and eight women were diagnosed with high-grade pre-cancerous lesions that were immediately managed in order to prevent the development of cancer and save their own lives.

CFK will continue to educate, screen and treat the women of Kibera so that, in the future, no women will have to develop the disease that is completely preventable.

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To read about CFK's partnership with PINCC, check out their blog on their visit: http://pinccorg.blogspot.com/2013/08/day-three-in-kibera-is-wrap.html

Learn more about cervical cancer on the PINCC website: http://www.pincc.org/cervical-cancer/what-is-cervical-cancer

Jul 15, 2013

Girls Attend Writing Skills Workshops for Binti Pamoja Newsletter

Girls in newsletter writing session
Girls in newsletter writing session

The Binti Pamoja program has identified a need where the girls want to be trained on writing skills.  This is because at Binti Pamoja, we have a newsletter which is used as a tool for the girls to express themselves on their different experiences in the community and area where they need to know how to overcome their difficulties.  To meet the need, the Binti Pamoja program held newsletter writing training sessions for the girls.

The sessions for newsletter writing were conducted on a weekly basis and the girls showed a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for learning.  In the sessions, they were asked to come up with stories of what they want covered in the article.

The aim is to train the girls to be writers and to contribute news stories and other content to the Tunanego Newsletter. The training is aimed at bridging the gap between professional writing and informal storytelling in order to enable the girls to inform society of the events within Kibera.

The trainer had 12 successful sessions with the girls who were able to come up with a newsletter which will be published soon for the community members to interact with.  It is distributed during community forums, community outreach events, schools, and during all the events of the Binti Pamoja program. Open discussions are held to give and receive feedback on the newsletter on areas where we should improve.  Because the girls are the ones responsible for the ideas and thoughts in the newsletter, we encourage them to be on the forefront during distribution in order to share with other community members.

The finished product
The finished product
Jul 15, 2013

Jump Rope Athletes Travel to the U.S. for World Championship Tournament

I have to admit that I had my doubts that they'd be able to pull it off, but when I got the text late on Monday that CFK’s jump rope team, the CFK Sprinters, had been approved for visas and would be heading to the U.S., I was amazed and excited.   Even though this trip was, in fact, a year in the making, it all ended up coming together in a span of 48 hours.  Before we get into that, though, let's back up a bit.

Every year, the World Jump Rope Championship & Camp is held.  This year, the competition was hosted at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where jumpers from all over the world competed in individual and team competitions.  This year, participating countries included France, the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Japan, Brazil, and the U.K.  In 2012, several CFK participants in the jump rope program were organizing to go to compete in this event (a trip supported by CFK partner One World One Rope); however, complications arose with paper work, visas, working with two governments with different requirements, traveling with minors—all legitimate issues that required sorting out.  Due to all the difficulties, the team wasn't able to make it.  This year the team started earlier, in March, to get the necessary paperwork, Kenyan government approvals, and of course visas to travel to the U.S.  Though it was hectic, the team got all the necessary documentation and left for the U.S. on July 2.

At the airport, we took pictures and shared high-fives, laughs, tears, and hugs as jumpers Ida, Cathrine Agnes, Diana, and Jackline began their journey to the World Championship Tournament.  They were joined by David, their coach, and Margaret, the Deputy Head Mistress of the Old Kibera Primary School.

For more information and to see the results of the competition, check out worldjumprope.org!

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