The KGSA Foundation provides financial and technical assistance to support the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA), a high school and community center in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya. KGSA offers free secondary education to over 130 girls annually, in addition to artistic and athletic programming, to help create a stronger, more resilient Kibera.
We believe local problems need local solutions! We recognize the expertise of community leaders and invest in their ability to respond to problems on their own terms. When local leaders are given the chance to lead, they create innovative solutions to poverty that outsiders may miss, they earn community buy-in leading to meaningful relationships and support with surrounding stakeholders, and they illuminate the possibility that everyone is an agent of change, empowering others to help strengthen the community.
The Importance of Educating Girls
Globally, there are 62 million adolescent girls out of school. An educated girl will delay marriage and pregnancy. She is more likely to earn higher wages, invest her earnings in her family, and send her own children to school. Melinda gates said, “When we invest in women and girls, we are investing in the people who invest in everyone else.” We believe that if you educate a girl, she will change the future for herself, her family and her community!
Kibera is the largest urban settlement/slum in Kenya. It is a diverse and vibrant community full of caring and hardworking individuals and families. However, Kibera faces many challenges including high unemployment, poverty, overcrowding, and insecurity. It is underserved by health, education, and sanitation services. Kibera’s schools face overcrowding, undereducated teachers, high teacher attrition, and lack of resources to provide necessities including school lunch, water, and sanitary pads. Due to high costs of school fees and materials, many students cannot afford to go to school. The Kibera Girls Soccer Academy works to address these issues by providing quality, affordable education to girls in Kibera.
KGSA provides free secondary education to 130 girls annually. The school emphasizes leadership and character development through extracurricular activities and employs university trained teachers, setting it apart from other schools in the slum.
KGSA started as a girls’ soccer team and continues to champion the importance of sports and extra-curricular activities. The school’s afterschool program includes girls’ soccer and journalism, debate, drama, cooking, computer and business clubs.
Students need healthy minds and bodies. KGSA provides a daily lunch and partners with a local health clinic and other organizations to provide students with primary healthcare, reproductive health education, and feminine hygiene products.
KGSA works to benefit the families of our students, KGSA graduates, and the broader Kibera community. We have helped graduates and teachers go to university, piloted a microfinance program for women, and support both a youth and senior girls soccer team in the community.
In 2015, twenty-six individuals climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of KGSA’s Elevate Education campaign to raise money for a new building to provide safe and stable housing for up to 80 girls experiencing abuse or poverty. We are hoping to break ground in 2017. Read more here.