Empower Kibera Youth Through Jump Rope

Mar 26, 2012

Empowering the poor and nurturing talent

Many youth living in pitiable conditions in Kibera slums, and especially girls, never knew they had relegated a talent until they were introduced to Jump Rope. This is a sport many youth cherish in Kibera as it makes them realize the unique talent in them. Through Carolina for Kibera, the jump rope now accommodates both boys and girls, aged 8 to 15 years and through the sport, it has been an open minder of these youth. They now can utilize the opportunity and transform the society they stay in. Christine Ondiek, a 14 year old living in abject poverty notes, “I never knew I was blessed with an awesome talent of skipping this simple string. Whenever I perform publicly, the crowd remains dumbfounded and this makes me feel like a champion. I plan to break the world record in due time”, with a gleam in her eyes, after their usual weekend trainings. The Jump Rope team has managed to win several medals after a competition in the neighboring country, Tanzania and in the coastal province of Kenya. Christine states that jumprope has exposed her and she has learnt new skills that she would love sharing with her equals in the community.

Their three voluntary coaches Amon, Davy and Innocent of the CFK sports program, have helped these youth develop their talents. They realized that most of teens do not know how to tap their talents and now they are out to help them appreciate what they own. The paka skippers now use jump rope to not only develop their talents, but it has deterred them from negative peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, physical fitness and confidence as they interact with many people and this make them have a focused life.


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Carolina for Kibera, Inc.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

Project Leader

Leann Bankoski

Program Coordinator
Chapel Hill, NC United States

Where is this project located?

Kenya   Sport
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