Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi

by Green-Kenya
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Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi
Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi
Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi
Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi
Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi
Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi
Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi
Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi
Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi
Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi
Increasing forest cover through play in Nairobi

Sports has been recognized as a powerful tool for empowering individuals, fostering personal growth, and building communities. In recent years, the impact of sports on empowering women has gained significant attention. From promoting physical health to enhancing self-esteem and fostering leadership skills, sports provide a platform for women to challenge societal norms and break down barriers.

At Green- Kenya, we use sports as a vehicle for change to create a more inclusive and equal society. We will discuss how and why we use sports as a tool for women's empowerment.

How are we empowering women through sports?

  1. We encourage girls to participate in sports at an early age by highlighting the fun, teamwork, and personal growth that can come from playing sports.
  2. We ensure that girls receive quality coaching from knowledgeable and supportive coaches who understand the unique needs and challenges female athletes face.
  3. We establish safe spaces where girls can participate in sports without fear of discrimination, harassment, or abuse.
    1. We showcase the achievements and stories of women in sports to challenge gender stereotypes and show that girls can excel in any athletic endeavor.
    2. We help girls develop life skills through sports, such as teamwork, communication, discipline, and resilience.

    Why are we empowering women through sports?

    1. To foster leadership and teamwork skills:  As women participate in team sports, they learn the importance of effective communication, collaboration, and collective success. These qualities are transferable to various spheres of life, equipping women to become effective leaders, decision-makers, and change agents within their communities.
    2. To promote physical and mental well-being: Participation in sports improves physical fitness and promotes mental health. It provides an outlet for stress, boosts self-esteem, and helps alleviate anxiety and depression. By prioritizing their physical and mental health, women are better equipped to face life's challenges and lead fulfilling lives.
    3. To create opportunities and challenge gender disparities: As female athletes gain visibility, the demand for gender equality in sports increases. More sponsorships, media coverage, and investment flow into women's sports, providing a platform for women to compete at the highest level.
    4. To enhance eco-literacy. We recognize that women's empowerment and environmental sustainability are interconnected as an organization. By harnessing the potential of environmental games, we can create inclusive spaces that empower women to participate actively in shaping a more sustainable future.

    In conclusion, empowering young girls through sports fosters personal growth, social transformation, and leadership skills. Sports challenge norms, boost confidence, and promote well-being. Environmental education within sports enhances sustainability awareness, creating strong, resilient, eco-conscious women. Supporting and investing in such programs promotes holistic development and environmental stewardship.

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After a long month of planning and making key decisions in January. All G-K Divisions kicked off in the month of February. The Community Coaches were ready to deliver G-K sessions to more than 1500 Children in different communities. We are now looking forward to a great year filled with more sessions, fun and learning.

The school Calendar has adjusted to its original format and now it will easier to determine the long holidays and school program which will help to improve the quality of G-K sessions and the outcomes of the programs. Last but not least, G-K has summed up its divisions into 3 main brands moving forward that is Sports for social impact Consultancy, Women Up and Community Impact division. This might change after the completion of G-K Strategic plan in 2023.

On the other hand, We were privileged to have hosted our first kick and conserve tournament out of Nairobi working with High school students, this has never happened before. We worked with at least 60 students from Wareng High school and planted 100 seedlings that the students will be watering. The theme of the tournament was environmental justice and how young people and speak up against the environmental injustice.

“My feeling about kick and conserve is that, it is a new thing in town, I have never experienced something like this before, based on what has happened here today is that, our students really liked it, they were able to see the importance of sports and environmental conservation”. Teacher Robinson

We are looking forward to plan more than 1500 seedlings in a year not only in Kenya but in Africa in general, Thank you for your support.

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I am happy to share with you how the last 3 months have been; I can confidently say that there has been a significant rise on the attendance of Children in all 5 schools where community impact program is taking place.

With just 2 months remaining until the end of 2022, Green-Kenya team is looking forward to wrapping up the year on a high note. The organization has reached more Children compared to previous months this year this was attributed to insurmountable challenges. We have a total of 1246 Children, out of these, 805 are boys and 441 are girls.

The majority of the participants reached by gender are still boys. The average attendance of participants in Environmental literacy and Community Impact program is 76%, women up is 59% while Football academy is 85% respectively.

Even though the overall number of girls is low, there has been a gradual increase in the number of girls attending Women Up sessions compared to 6 months ago

The Community coaches have conducted 125 sessions from 7th February to 31st October and spent 439 hours 45mins on field. The community Coaches are certain that the amount of work will reduce significance because of short term that is characterized by preparation for final exams.

As they year come to a close, we would to thank, the schools, parents, community Coaches and everyone who made sure that the sessions went on through their donation. Your support assisted to reach many Children through sports to teach and share our feelings in the most affectionate way. I would like to say thank you.

From next year, the schools calendar will go back to normal as it was in 2019 before Covid 19, we believe that we will have a more structured learning both on and off the field and Children will have more time to rest during school holidays compared to the last 2 years. We are looking forward to go on a roller costa with, please share this message of passion and dedication with your family and friends on behalf of all the Children who taking port in Green-Kenya programs.

I wish you happy holidays in advance, and remember don’t forget to rest and reflect


With passion and dedication

Titus Musyoka

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This is a story of one of our  youth leader, but for the sake of  his privacy, the name has been aletred

My name is Tito,  aged 24 years . I was born  and  bred and brought up at Mukuru  Slums. I went to many primary schools before finishing primary level, this was due to financial strains from my mother who has been taking care of us alone since i knew myself, I completed high school in 2018.

 I played football from the age of 8 but I realized it’s my talent when I was 12 years and joined a local football team and from then on, I got obsessed with football. In the slums, playing football is like a rite of passage for boys in my hood and I still play up to date though not every day.

Currently I am working with Green-Kenya as a programs officer, we teach through play. I joined the organization in the year 2019 around Mid-July. My efforts, hard work and perseverance has not gone unnoticed and this made the organization to give me more responsibilities and a new position which I highly appreciate. I started as a youth leader then promoted to a Community impact coach(CIC) and now am the programs Officer. I lead one of the most active programs Called Community impact program(CIP) which takes place in Mukuru kwa Rueben and Njenga slums working with three primary schools.

My major roles are to make sure programs are active, we have the right people on the ground for every program, to conduct sessions, lead the team and make sure updates are written after every activity/program. My community needs a lot to reach a certain social development level because it’s a fact that this community among other slum communities has high levels of crime rates, Pollution (Air, water and land), teenage pregnancies, drug and substance abuse and so many social issues affecting the communities. For this reason, I decided to join Green-Kenya which I believe has the solutions to this, like education through fun.

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world and the children are the best change agents. A child grows, talks, wears and behaves exactly how they’ve been taught. My colleagues and I are using CIP Methodology to bring long term solutions in this community and am proud to be a change agent.

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Community Impact Program in Mukuru
Community Impact Program in Mukuru

This story is about a young girl who lives in one of the informal settlement where we conduct Community Impact program. For the sake of protecting her identity, I will call her Esther.

When our community coaches met with Esther, she was in class 5, about 11 years old, when I first entered their worn out iron sheet class room to introduce our programs to the Children, she was just quiet the whole time. After introducing the program, all the Children were excited except Esther, that caught my attention and that was the beginning of my curiosity about her and why she was quiet and withdrawn.

When the day to finally kick start the sessions, I was looking forward to see Esther, and to my surprised, she came to the field with the rest of the participants, we begun the session on a high note but Esther was still having stone face, I later realized that she was very aggressive and bitter with everyone, but more so with the boys, all the boys feared her, including the ones who were older than her.

After the sessions, I met with Esther’s teacher and I began to have a candid conversation about the girls and the teacher called to the side and dropped the bombshell to me. “You are correct David, said the teacher, the girl is very aggressive, and sometimes she is uncontrollable”. “Esther was a victim of rape for a long time, I got a bit more curious, and asked questions, the teacher said that the perpetrator was his father, who used to come home late at night drunk and he would rape the girl without the knowledge of the mother, apparently the mother was also abusing drugs and she did not care much how the Children were doing in schools or at home. Esther’s elder brother, who was in class 6, was also in the same mess, his father used to give him a bit of alcohol at night, and when he wakes up he was still drunk, this made him not to attend classes.

To be honest, I was angry with the whole story, and I decided to do what I can and help the two Children, I sat down with our Community Coaches and shared the story with them, we agreed to prepare football sessions to address the social issues that the duo were facing, we followed up with small steps by ensuring that they came to school in a daily basis, that way we would have a chance to involve them in the sessions.

Because they were in different classes, they attended sessions on different days, I ensured that Esther was in charge of attendance, ensuring that everyone was in the field on time, the games had more fun sessions, self-esteem sessions and after 3 months, we begun to see new Esther emerging out of her shell, being jovial, her grade improved, the smile came back, this moment made me emotional, even the teacher recognized it.

I was with Esther in March 2019, after just 4 sessions in the beginning of the year before Covid-19 was announced as global pandemic and my heart sunk, I thought that the perpetrator would take advantage of the situation and flush all the gains we made to the drain, to fast forward to 2022, I saw Esther again after 2 years and she was glowing, she was clean and talkative. Something interesting happened, during Covid-19, there were no places that their parents would get cheap alcohol or other drugs, there was a country wide curfew that started from 7:am to 5:am, everybody was looking forward to work and protect their health.


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