What We Do

Our Mission

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.

Our Philosophy

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!

To learn more, watch The Girl Effect or check out the #LetGirlsLearn initiative.

About Kibera

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.

To learn more, watch The Girl Effect or check out the #LetGirlsLearn initiative.


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.

High School Education

Over 200 girls have received their high school diploma.

Safe Space for Girls to Grow

School is a safe place and provides girls with an alternative to idleness that can lead to drug use, criminal behavior, and unsafe sex.

Reducing Teen Pregnancy

The World Bank reports that Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest adolescent fertility rate, but girls in school are less likely to have an unintended pregnancy.

Increasing Earnings

A high school diploma is essential for employment in today’s economy and for each year that a girl stays in school, her income can increase 15-25% (USAID).

Youth Development

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.

Fosters Creativity, Critical Thinking

After-school activities provide a creative outlet for youth and foster critical-thinking and leadership skills.

Increases Self-Esteem, Wellbeing

Participation in sports can reduce stress and increase a girls’ self-esteem and emotional wellbeing.

Improves Academic Performance

Extra-curricular activities have proven to be impactful in increasing academic performance.

Reduces Risky Behavior in Teens

Involvement in sports and clubs also reduces incidences of drug use, violence or criminal behavior, and teen pregnancy.

Health and Nutrition

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.

Free Primary Healthcare

In 2016, KGSA began a partnership with a local clinic to provide all students with annual wellness exams, immunizations, and STI/HIV screenings.

Daily Lunch and Tea

The World Food Programme reports that a daily school meal provides a strong incentive to send children to school and allows children to focus on their studies rather than their stomachs, as well as helps to increase attendance, decrease drop-out rates, and improve cognitive abilities.

Feminine Hygiene Products

Providing feminine hygiene products to adolescent girls has been proven to reduce absenteeism and increase academic performance.

Community Development

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.

Higher Education

The KGSA Foundation and its supporters have funded university education for several of KGSA’s students and nine teachers. A university education can transform a student’s life, giving them access to higher paying employment opportunities.

Alumni Support

In 2016, a group of around 25 KGSA alumni started an alumni association to support each other and the school. They have monthly meetings and have started a savings and loan circle.


KGSA also has piloted a microfinance program and offered loans for women in the community to start or grow their business. A loan can help increase their income, which they will likely invest in their families.

Coming Soon!
Safe and Stable Housing

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.

Safe and Stable Housing

Many of KGSA’s students struggle with difficult home lives, living in overcrowded, noisy, shanty homes without plumping and no or unreliable electricity. Some students are hungry and some live in situations of abuse. All of these factors make it difficult to focus on their studies. We are hoping that the dormitory will provide these students with a reprieve from the difficulties of poverty, improve their physical and emotional well-being, and increase their academic performance.

Local Job Creation

This project will build skills and create jobs for the local community, including a workforce of 50% women.