PROJECTS ACROSS KIBERA
Helping Develop Kibera through Sports-based Community Services.
The Soccer Program
The Wayo Wayo Kibra (WWK) Youth Soccer program started in 2016. The soccer league participants range from ages 9 through 17, with all skill levels welcome. The backbone of the Soccer program is the compulsory life skills training and environmental community service, which engages Kiberian youth and augments their young minds. Through recreational activities, WWK showcases the importance of values, including respect, hard work, teamwork, accountability, integrity, and innovation. Additionally, we conduct mandatory quarterly forums for participants to engage in topics such as substance abuse, rape, HIV/AIDS, and COVID-19. Life skill workshops are also necessary for continuing development and creating a more cohesive learning experience through community coach engagement.
The league is completely free for any resident of Kibera. As previously stated, every registered player in the WWK soccer program must participate in life skills training and environmental community service to qualify for the final soccer tournament at the end of the season. Each year, registration for the league starts in February; the games begin in April, and the last tournament games take place in December. There are various incentives for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams and individual awards for best player, an outstanding coach, best goalkeeper, etc. In 2022, there was a total of 92 teams with 1,380 players and 15 coaches.
WWK engages the youth of the Kibera slum in a collaborative community-based change effort, to empower young people with skills, confidence, and experience they need to become effective and successful community members.