Posted by RC Upperhill on Jan 30, 2022
By Betty Njuguna
RC Nairobi UpperHill recently donated ksh 500,000 worth of books to the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA). During a visit this past December, we were glad to solidify our association with KGSA, where our club has conducted several service projects so far.
We were able to supply the KGSA girls with school-based textbooks for their library that included the new curriculum textbooks, teachers’ manuals, storybooks, dictionaries, bibles, and atlas in partnership with Adhiambo & Okech Advocates LLP.
In addition, a second supply of dignity packs was issued to the girls; all these to ensure the girls have a fair chance at life and eliminate all excuses for a brighter future. The Nairobi county representative for education pledged soccer gear for the girls worth Kes 20,000.
Kibera Girls Soccer Academy provides access to free secondary education for girls living in Kibera, Nairobi - one of Africa’s largest informal settlement. KGSA’s offers academic and extra-curriculum program supporting nutrition, healthcare and mentor-ship initiatives to 130 girls thus unlocking potential, expanding opportunities to enable each student shape their future.
In 2002, Kibera resident Abdul Kassim started the soccer program to get girls off the street and into something more productive promoting self-education, empowerment, and equality, to develop confidence and strong minds for a brighter future for Kibera and Kenya.
KGSA impact cannot go unnoticed. It has over 340 graduates, 100% of seniors pass their final exams, above average at KCSE exam scores and is the first 100% free Kenyan school.
KGSA has become a partner RC Nairobi UpperHill project for a number of years to come. This year upon being chartered this partnership solidified. We attended their inaugural launch of the new dormitory, home to some 40 students.
On Saturday 18th Sept 2021, RC Nairobi UpperHill had its first project with the KGSA family. We had health/mentor talks with the girls and delivered our sanitary packs drive that dignify an underprivileged girl with a one year supply of the pack.
Rotary district 9212 matched one for one dignity pack which included 4 undergarments and sanitary towels. This initiative to supply the dignity packs is on a termly basis, every girl gets 4 packets of pads so as to remain in school even during their menses.
In the near future, RC Nairobi UpperHill purpose to support the school in securing desks/chairs, provision of the science lab equipment & more stationary, targeted coaching & career guidance to the students. We are ready and willing to partner with donor clubs/ partners to set up an empowerment fund for qualifying post secondary.