Kibera Mpira Mtaani had been seeing success in both Sports Development and Education programs in recent months.
April saw the launch of their annual Packard Family Cup Football Tournament which preached “Amani Lazima” (Peace a Must). The committee felt that it was vital to start preaching peace at this time as the country prepares for an election in August 2012. Peer counselors, mentors and counselors can use Kibera Mpira Mtaani’s football tournaments as a forum to work with up to 2,500 children and youths during the school holidays. This year’s tournament was a great event with 136 teams competing from under 10s to under16s and ladies. See below for a link to an article about the final day event.
In terms of education, Kibera Mpira Mtaani is going from strength to strength. They currently have around 400 students registered for after-school classes. These students come Monday to Friday at a time allotted for their school year group. Over the past two years, these classes have expanded to include secondary school students as well as primary. Under the supervision of volunteer teachers, the first priority is always to do homework that has been assigned at school during the day. After that, additional tuition and assignments are provided. This year, the program has welcomed two students from University of Nairobi who volunteer time to help young students with their work.
This program has no official budget and relies on donations of books and stationery to keep it going. Parents of students have been asked to contribute a small amount each month to help with the ongoing costs such as paraffin for lamps, soap for keeping the classrooms clean etc but no child is turned away if their parents or guardians cannot contribute.
As well as the academic studies, Kibera Mpira Mtaani aims to create well-rounded individuals by offering opportunities to explore various talents. Once again, this is done through volunteers who run classes in dancing, creative writing etc. At a recent session in the creative writing class, students were asked to write a few lines about their home, Kibera. These were chosen as the best three and the reward (as well as a piece of chocolate!) was the promise that their work would be published online...
KIBERA Oh wow. Kibera is a very big shiny state where most people prefer to live.
Kibera is the most beautiful slum in Africa that is found in Kenya and people live there.
Kibera is a very big shiny place and I love living there.
An I can see dreams coming true in Kibera.
Wonderful place to stay and enjoy.
I can see future presidents in Kibera.
I love my hometown and nobody will change my mind.
My ugali, a big lovely and cool place.
Kibera is a rich place someone can stay.
I wonder, visitors coming to my hometown.
I love it how it is.
Passion juice following in Kibera.
Never judge a book by its cover.
Kibera is my homestead.
The perfect place with lovely people which live peacefully.
This beautiful city has no troubles because we do not trouble troubles,
And that is why I will never wish to abandon this place but struggle to overcome troubles.
Thank you to those who have contributed to help Kibera Mpira Mtaani in their work. It really does make a difference to children in Kibera.
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