Be inspired by the community of Kibera. Listen to their stories.
Meet ambitious community leaders in Kibera who respond to the daily struggle of poverty with resounding hope and unexpected solutions.
Khadara, 57, is a member of Zero Waste Women’s Group, one of the groups working with CFK’s Trash is Cash Program. Through she doesn’t refer to herself as an entrepreneur, she surely is.Filmed and Edited by CFK Fellow, Andrew Johnson.
Innocent is a coach in CFK’s new jump rope initiative. Here he explains the impact the he believe jump rope can have on his community.
Steve Juma has been a part of CFK’s Sports Association for 8 years. When asked how CFK has impacted his life, he says “CFK took a part in molding me, making me who I am.”
Steve’s story in his own words:
“When I was in school, I wanted to be an accountant. I saw the big banks and I wanted to be inside them. That changed when I started playing football for the CFK community team. I was 17 when I was trained for the officiating [referee] course at CFK. I learned how to talk to the players after the game about life skills – share information about things that affect our community, like drug abuse, rape and teenage pregnancy. A lot of kids don’t want to share personal information with their families and teachers, so I could really see the need to talk with them. Sometimes when there were injuries, I would take players to the Tabitha Clinic after the tournament where I would regularly meet one of the lab assistants. I liked the way his job interacted with the community, so I decided that was what I wanted to do.
“CFK gave me a scholarship to do my diploma at the Kenya College of Medicine. It was hard because I couldn’t always afford to go to classes and there was a time when I was afraid of bleeding people [drawing blood]. I was so embarrassed because I couldn’t find a vein. I went to volunteer at the Tabitha Clinic to gain more practical experience. I took part in building the new clinic by clearing the ground and digging the foundations. The new clinic has much better facilities, and we can take a lot more patients. Before, we saw between 50 to 100 patients a day; now we can treat double that.
“The main health problems we have in the slum are cholera and bacterial infections, because of poor hygiene. There is also a lot of malaria because many migrate to the slum from malarial areas. There is also HIV and pneumonia. Part of my job is to test samples for diseases. The community really appreciates our service, and now I am confident and get a lot of respect from the community. But even today, I still officiate matches on the weekend.
“I am at the Clinic in my white coat during the week, and on weekends I am in my shorts.”
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