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.
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.

Mar 18, 2013

Clinic Scales Up to Provide Cervical Cancer Screening

Founded from a mere $26, The Tabitha Medical Clinic has now scaled up the clinic’s services to the community through cervical cancer screening using VIA.

Preventable Deaths

Despite the wide variation in access to care and screening services for cervical cancer evident in the health system in Kenya, the Carolina for Kibera through its health service opened doors at Tabitha clinic for cervical cancer screening.

Tabitha clinic is now undertaking cervical cancer screening to all women of reproductive age in the community for prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment. We also provide education on cervical cancer to ensure that more women know about the benefits of early detection and can participate in cancer control and prevention.

Launched in December 2012, also targeting highest-risk HIV-infected women, the program has cumulatively provided the services to up to 70 women.

Each woman is counted and counts. Every woman merits the opportunity to avoid cervical cancer, no matter where she lives.

Carolina for Kibera has responded to a significant need in Kibera, a resource-limited setting where healthcare funding and infrastructure are inadequate for primary care and prevention programs like cervical cancer screenings, and women are, as a result, significantly more vulnerable.  The program encourages women to be screened and to have pap tests conducted based on VIA results through referral.

The Carolina for Kibera Cervical Cancer Screening Program supports women and healthcare providers to help ensure that as many women as possible benefit from cervical cancer screening. It also works to dispel the previously-held idea that such services are only available in big hospitals and come at a cost.

A large number of women in the community never get to be screened for cervical cancer—whether it is because of day-long work/business or local myths and fears about cervical screening. However, no woman in Kibera ought to die of cervical cancer, a disease said to develop slowly after initial infection and, unlike most other cancers, to be preventable when precursor lesions are detected and treated. This is what CFK, through its Health Service Department, stands for through this noble program, and we are proud to be developing workable strategies to see that all women have access these services.

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