Food for Life Nutrition program

Food for life nutritional program is a project we started to ensure that vulnerable children such as orphans and children living with terminally ill guardians do not struggle with malnutrition challenges. Since its inception, the organization has served 84,000 meals to 1920 children within the slums of Kibera.

The Water and Sanitation and Hygiene project

Our community has close to 35,000 households. Located within the border of Kibera and Langata constituencies the community was the last village of Kibera slums to be built. What this means is that the immediate beneficiaries of our project had no access to clean water and sanitation facilities. In most cases, people had to use flying toilets while walking long distances to fetch water even though the main water pipe passes through this village. However, through the support of well-wishers, we have been able to connect water to our center where the community members can get the water at an affordable price. While on the other side we have been able to build permanent toilets which use water we have also built shower that are being used by the community members.

Education Support Project

As an organization, we deeply understand and appreciate education as the most effective tool that can cause change within our community. It is this understanding that has inspired us to support 950 learners with 15,600 stationery over the last 7 years while 30 learners are fully sponsored to date.  With generous support, we aim at increasing the number of fully sponsored learners by at least 100 children in the next 5 years. A fully sponsored child would need a donation of $600 a year this would cover tuition fees, food in school, stationery, shoes, and uniforms. The education support project has enabled 950 learners to attend school; this has reduced the rate at which learners drop out from school. Similarly, this has enabled general class performance for the learners. Generally, education has a positive impact on the learner since being in school is a haven preventing children from child abuse and criminal activities.

The Best Life for girl’s empowerment program

To date, we have mentored 500 girls within our center and in different schools, we have done so by ensuring we share skills on self-defense for girls, how to report rape, and other gender-based violence issues. We have similarly distributed 1500 sanitary towels to girls to ensure they feel comfortable when attending school. Girls are the most vulnerable gender within our community of Kibera. During the covid-19 outbreak in 2020 girls suffered the impact of school closure and the harsh economic realities that were caused by the pandemic. In a report published by the Executive Office of the president and the Population Council, 2021 revealed that 4% of adolescent girls got pregnant or recently had a baby and therefore could not return to school. These girls were either raped or being taken advantage of by rogue adults. While the same report further revealed that 39% of adolescent girls experienced physical violence and hence carry with them the pain of such acts of gender-based violence among children and especially girls. These are some of the problems girls face, never the less the girls have not lost hope towards attaining education. It is these unending challenges that our girls continue to suffer as they sick help to meet their monthly needs towards achieving good menstrual hygiene that we respond to their needs and provide a haven. It is in this backdrop that we came up with this projection to mentor our girls and ensure they become the best women the world can offer.

Sport in the Slums

Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, and the largest urban slum in Africa and holds 500,000 to 1,000,000 million people. There are many reasons why a high percentage of the population lives below the poverty line in Kenya. Most Kibera slum residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than US$1.00 per day. Friends of Love Kibera understands issues that go along with poverty. Apart from nutrition, education, and gender violence among children and teens, we focus on sports. Football is largely played by young boys and girls here — many of whom come from impoverished backgrounds, abusive households, or single-parent families — it aims to give them direction and motivation. Football takes up most of their energy and time (sometimes players practice up to six hours a day), giving them little leeway to go astray. For the stamina the sport requires, most players stay away from alcohol, drug abuse, crime, and insecurity which is otherwise a major menace in the slum. Football offers coaches, counselors, and mentors a chance to get the attention of vulnerable young boys and girls. By catching them young and watching them grow, this sport that inherently requires self-discipline, teamwork, and responsibility, aspires to create a generation of men and women who can inspire and empower the next generation.

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