With limited access to secondary schools and few out of school activities, young boys and girls in the Kibera slums of Nairobi are prone to bad influences – drugs, crime, glue sniffing, gangs, prostitution etc.
Our secondary school scholarship programme has shown that these children are capable of achieving much with the right influences and opportunities. So we set up The Kibera Cycling Club in the heart of Kibera run with our partners the professional and volunteer cyclists of Safari Simbaz within the grounds of the Raila Education Center in Kibera slums, Nairobi.
The club aims to provide an opportunity for children in Kibera to have fun, learn skills and build confidence. Cycling is the focus for personal development through physical activity, much like our Football Academy which has been doing the same for over 600 children each year through their interest in football.
The Safari Simbaz, led by one of Kenya’s most successful professional cyclists of all time David Kinjah, have already done so much with so little – they absolutely believe that anything is possible …
Just watch their inspirational short film ‘Our world is round’ which chronicles a group of sporting hopefuls in the early stages of their development.
Raila Education Center
The Raila Education Center is a primary and secondary school in the Kibera slums, which seeks to enable and empower youth through education and community development.
The school reaches out to under-privileged families and orphans in Kibera, which is one of the largest slums in East Africa, offering educational support and facilities to students and encourages out-of school children into the education system. Teachers are recruited from the local community and aim to mould their students into well-educated and responsible citizens
The school was established by The Raila Odinga Center (ROC), a non-profit foundation founded by the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga to facilitate sustainable regional development, with the mission ‘to implement effective, practical and sustainable programs that benefit society and boost regional development’.
What can I do to help?
Here are 7 simple ways you can help us to help more and more children and some of them won’t cost you a penny.