Kibera Sport Development Programme plans to send 20 of our most talented runners to high school in February 2013. We sponsor 4 years of high school education, in combination with a runners training program, for underprivileged and orphaned children from Kibera Slums. Our program, Run the Change, will enable our youth to excel in school while nurturing their natural running abilities. Youth runners will have better access to education and opportunities to pursue a competitive running career.
Youth make up a large percentage of the marginalized community of Kibera. As our young, determined, and passionate athletes progress, specifically runners, they very often drop out of school as they are not able to afford school fees. Our program, Run the Change (RTC), provides financial sponsorship academically and athletically, which enables poor but talented children to stay in school and pursue their athletic interests. We are currently working with 178 girls and 162 boys.
RTC helps children to build essential leadership skills and better futures, while driving sustainable social change in their communities. By increasing opportunities available to youth, the more likely they are to lead healthy lives and will inspire others with their success stories. Furthermore, by keeping girls in school, we help them avoid early marriages and provide health education regarding their menstrual cycle. Overall, our dynamic programs address social issues from a unique angle.
Our project provides structured and supportive learning opportunities through education and sports. We will educate, empower, and train 350 children allowing them to 'Run the Change' and provide for their own/families health and well-being. Youth runners will have the potential to become successful scholars and athletes, coaches and managers, who will invest in their communities and help uplift the Kibera slums out of its current impoverished conditions.