Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of the most impoverished children of Kibera by helping them complete their education, develop their talents or launch a sustainable business. Our volunteer trips in the slum help us to understand and focus on the needs of the people of Kibera.
1. Sponsorship Program
More than 30 kids from Kibera have been sponsored through Project Kenya. Half are primary students from the Red Rose School, while the rest attend boarding High Schools in Kenya. We believe that Education is key to break the cycle of poverty.
2. Micro-loan Program
Everyone has a dream but not always the support to make it happen. Project Kenya supports the micro-loan program from Uweza, which focuses on helping young adults and particularly young mothers living alone to build a business. Creating a business plan and learning how to balance a budget are key part of the program. Our objective is to help the entrepreneurs build a sustainable business and get a regular income.
In 2019, we organized a business pitch competition to select young entrepreneurs who will receive a loan to start their project.
3. Sport Skills Development
Project Kenya supports the Uweza Soccer Academy. Since 2018 we have provided more than 800 kilos of soccer equipment. Every summer, Project Kenya organizes a soccer clinic for the academy's 130 kids at the Toy School soccer fields. Our next objective is to build a turf field in Kibera.
Project Kenya also supports the Red Rose ballet class. In addition we provided more than 50 leotards and 200 ballet costumes to the Project Elimu dancing program.
4. Art Skills Development
Project Kenya supports the Uweza Art program and its gallery. About 30 students from the age of 5 to 22 attend art classes to explore their creativity. The Uweza Art Gallery provides Kibera-based artists with a space to create and sell their artwork. Project Kenya launched a new photography class in October 2018 for students who would like to explore photography, photo-journalism and photo editing.
In 2019, we created with Uweza a festival to showcase local artists and photographers. Kibera Art Fest gave artists for the first time the opportunity to see their creation in public. And for many of Kibera's residents, it was their first time they could view Art in a public setting.