Michezo Afrika Foundation programs rolled out

Michezo Afrika Foundation programs rolled out

Michezo Afrika Foundation programs rolled out

Young juniors in the program

The Michezo Afrika Foundation was established to support innovative ways of community transformation through sports. It was born out of many years of community sports development by its parent Company Michezo Afrika Limited.

While we were happy with what Michezo Afrika Limited was doing in the community, we realized that it would not be possible for the company to effectively tackle the many shortcomings that coaches and community teams face across the country.

 From lack of sporting equipment to absence of playing grounds and the limited training opportunities for sports coaches, the many talented kids end up giving up their academic programs for lack of school fees and are also unable to expose their talents beyond their neighborhood.

In this spirit, The Michezo Afrika Foundation was born and immediately embarked on different pilot programs in Nairobi and other areas in Kenya among them an education and mentorship scholarship program that seeks to support talented budding soccer stars attain high school education. 

The students are recruited into the program while still in standard five of primary education giving room for the coach to positively influence the child while monitoring their school performance.

The students are encouraged to have after school study sessions in some cases offered by the coaches and teachers from the very communities with the support of their parents.

Bernard Maroko from Mukuru Slums is among some of the few students who have pioneered the program. The 14 year old talented defender at Cheza Afrika joined Tala High School early this year on a part scholarship from the foundation. Bernard has been with Cheza Afrika for the last four years and the impact of the program has been tremendous to his personal development.

The former student of Brine primary School in Fuata Nyayo (Mukuru slums) attained 321 marks during the KCPE exams last year while Michael Owino Scored 372 Marks. Being from a less privileged family, Maroko needed an extra jig to ensure he attains his secondary school education as his school fees was paid courtesy of the foundation’s support.

He is joined at the same school by another defender from Cheza academy Musau Kennedy who also joined Tala High School.

Michael Owino another product of Cheza Afrika joined Highway Secondary school and received a one year scholarship from ‘Jaramogi Oginga Odinga’ Foundation.

The three are among the first products of have the Michezo Afrika academic mentorship and scholarship development initiative and have been under the program for the past four years.

When he spoke to our team during his holiday, Maroko said, “I am happy to have joined a boarding school. I am meeting new challenges that are good for my own development. Now I can be able to be more responsible because I am not longer in my mum’s house. I am learning a lot not only in class but also in life.” He said.

We hope that many more partners will join hands and in their own way assist in making the dreams of many talented kids come true. Currently we have over 100 children from across the country enrolled on this program and we look forward to training their coaches on how to positively impact the children.

We are grateful to the various partners and individual who have assisted this kids in one way or another. The Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation for their sponsorship to  Mukuru Slum Development Project and more specifically Baylor University “ Baylor Bears”  for their continuous support towards the program.

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