Kibera mpira mtaani brings hope to slum youth

Kibera mpira mtaani brings hope to slum youth

Kibera mpira mtaani brings hope to slum youth

Kibera Mpira Mtaani - a translation to mean ‘Kibera village football’ views football as a tool that can be used to reach out to the youth of Kibera and educate them on a variety of subjects including HIV/AIDS, the importance of education, reproductive health and alternatives to crime. Working alongside organizations such as “Alive and Kicking” and “CARE Kenya”, Kibera Mpira Mtaani uses football tournaments as a forum to provide accurate and relevant information to the children of Kibera.

This year the John Packard tournament brightened the ghettos with superb flair of football and competition portrayed by the large number of teams which turned up for the annual championships.
Anticipation, tension and excitement filled the air at Woodley Stadium on Saturday 29th May at the climax of the final matches played to decide the winners of each category. The tournament was launched by Kibera Mpira Mtaani in March and ran throughout the school holidays in April, giving over 2,000 children and youths a focus for the time they were out of school.A successful  Partnership with CARE Kenya also saw the participating teams and fans a like receive some health education and life mentorship skills off the pitch. A total of 450 matches were played throughout the tournament which saw over 119 teams participate.

The theme for this year’s tournament was “Education and Sports”, reinforcing the work that Kibera Mpira Mtaani is doing to improve the education of children in the local slum community.

Also present at the event were journalists from the local slum radio station Pamoja FM who hold a major role of educating the masses through the radio. Pamoja fm who have been supportive of Kibera Mpira Mtaani held live interviews with the coaches of the winning teams and the Young Super Talents.

The tournament’s success is owed to Diageo, Scotland, for their donation, CARE Kenya and the team from Henfield, UK, who visited in December 2009 leaving a donation of several sets of football kits which were used as prizes at this event.
Kibera Mpira mtaani is just but a few of the many initiatives targeting not only to nurture talents in the underprivileged communities but to transform lives of the vulnerable youths.

RESULTS
Under 10s Mixed   SHOFCO Juniors 1 – 0 Little Rocks
Under 12 Boys     Sprinting Juniors 0 – 0 Catalans (Sprinting Juniors won 3-2 on penalties)
Under 14 Boys     SHOFCO 1 – 1 Gladiators (Gladiators won 7-6 on penalties)
Under 15 Girls      Christ Ambassadors 1 – 1 CFK (Christ Ambassadors won 3-2 on penalties)
Under 16 Boys     Young Super Talents 2 – 0  Sadili