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.
Jun 13, 2013

Clinic Opens New Nutrition Center for Children

In 2012, the Tabitha Medical Clinic identified hundreds of cases of malnourishment in Kiberan children, which hinders healthy growth of educational, communicative, and social skills.  According to the World Bank, good nutrition is also “the first line of defense against numerous childhood diseases, which can leave their mark on a child for life.”  With limited resources, the body will always prioritize survival and neglect growth (Sagan and Druyan, World Bank). Given that nutrition is an essential element in the development and overall health in children under the age of five, the Carolina for Kibera team decided to create a nutrition initiative in the Kibera community.

The CFK nutrition centre opened in May 2013 enrolling 35 children into the daily feeding and early childhood development program.  It is hoped that in three months the children will be at the approximate weight they should be for their age and that their parents will be well-equipped with knowledge and tools for keeping their children healthy.  The center is also working with Community Health Workers (CHWs) to support an additional 140 children in the community, visiting families and supporting the development of the children by sharing information with parents and guardians on nutrition and child development. The nutrition center, called “Lishe Bora Mtaani,” which can be loosely translated as “good nutrition for the community," hopes to expand its work to reach families in neighboring villages in Kibera.  The centre is an integral part of the Community Health Program, which works closely with Community Health Workers (CHWs) and the Tabitha Clinic for medical assessment, treatment and follow up of the children, facilitating referrals and the phasing out of services.

Apr 22, 2013

A Safe Spaces Mentor Reflects on Girls' Empowerment

I believe that knowledge is power and if every girl is empowered, then they have the power to enforce great change in the community. The Binti Pamoja Center provides girls with information and opportunities that enable them to make a step in changing their lives. We also discuss possible solutions to problems that girls face in the area, and how we as girls in the community can make a step towards change no matter how small it is. As mentors in the Binti Pamoja program, it is our role and responsibility to ensure that girls in Kibera have the same information we received, that they also have the same opportunities that we did, and to ensure that we support them so as to reduce the vulnerabilities they face, so that they can maximize all opportunities available to them to have a better life in the future and to complete their education. Continue supporting our program so that we can continue to reach more girls so as to improve their lives and to enable them to become leaders of positive change in their community and for them to be mentors to other girls as well.

Apr 22, 2013

New Jumper Shines in Recent Competition

Carolina for Kibera’s jump rope team has in the past 2 years brought a new sport to the Kibera slums of Nairobi. The team organized an in-house competition, the purpose of which was to create a competition atmosphere among the jumpers who compete among themselves in different categories. They organize their own judges and the best individuals were awarded with school supplies to boost their studies.

During our recent event, we had Sophia Opiyo, who joined jump rope 4 weeks ago, who was able to participate in the first ever jump rope in-house competition. In the single-rope speed of 30 seconds and double-under, she recorded the highest speed of 67 in single-rope and 66 in double-under, respectively.

It is worth noting that the international record is 100 for the boys and 102 for the girls while East African record is 80, which currently is being held by one of our CFK jumpers by the name of Christine Juma.

Sophia Opiyo also participated in the 3 minutes single-rope and recorded a speed of 305. Through Coach Innocent, the girl is very fast and will surprise many in future competitions as she has barely trained for only four weeks and looked very impressive in the competition.

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