It has been a busy few months for Kibera Mpira Mtaani on both the sports and education front.
At the end of October, the organisation held its third football tournament for the informal schools in Kibera. Informal schools are those not registered with the government and are often set up through churches or individuals. In general, they are unable to participate in government activities such as sports and music festivals. Kibera Mpira Mtaani aims to fill that gap by ensuring that schools in Kibera have the opportunity to explore their talents and meet with other schools as they feel this is important in trying to develop children in a positive way.
The tournament ran for one week and involved sixteen different schools representing all of the thirteen villages in Kibera. Schools were allowed to put forward a girls team and a boys team. At the end of the week, the finals day was held to determine third and fourth places as well as the champions. On this day, KMM teamed up with SAPTA and students from all the schools that were participating or spectating were given the opportunity to be counselled on HIV/AIDS issues. Another local group which supported the event was the local radio station, Pamoja FM, who sent a team to cover the event including a live on-air interview with KMM chairman Vincent Kegode.
The matches were tightly contested and the crowd enjoyed every moment of it. Once or twice the pitch filled up as students joined their team to celebrate a goal being scored. The screams of enjoyment and excitement told us how important this tournament is to schools who participate. Teachers on the sidelines shouted encouragement to players on the pitch and had words of support for the teams as they left the pitch at half time or the end of the match.
In addition to the football, the committee and its network of volunteers have been busy opening a new resource centre to allow them to support children in both primary and secondary education. Kibera Mpira Mtaani’s after school tuition program has been a great success with large numbers of children turning up every day to make use of their safe study space to do homework and support from volunteer teachers. This year they had 40 “candidates” – these are students in their eighth and final year of primary education who are sitting exams to determine whether or not they will qualify for a place in secondary school. It is hoped that the extra tuition KMM’s students receive will help candidates with their academic performance. With additional space now available thanks to the new resource centre, 35 secondary school students are now making use of the study space.
Our thanks go to all Global Giving donors who have supported this program which is making a really big difference to the lives of children in Kibera.
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