The education system in Kenya consists of 3 terms within the academic year, pupils usually break for the holidays in the months of April, August and December. During these holiday periods children are at a higher risk as they are frequently left without parental care. As well as an increased risk of exploitation and abuse, they can easily get involved in dangerous conduct (this is especially true in the Kibera slums and other informal settlements). As a result, the Kimmta management team in partnership with sister organisations try to plan timely activities that will help mentor and empower both children and teenagers. These activities include mentorship workshops and sports, particularly football tournaments.
This year, the activities started on the 8th of April with the mentorship programme, the participants were divided into groups according to their ages and different locations due to the large number of youngsters that turned up for the activity during the registration process.
The division of groups consisted of boys and girls from under 12 years of age to under 23 years of age in different venues and 40 mentors who were organising the conducting sessions on the following topics: tobacco use, physical activities, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and sexual behaviour.
The activities were created for young people between the ages of 10 to 24 and in this occasion the number of participants made a grand total of 368 girls and an astonishing 1050 boys.
“We are really overwhelmed by the number of youths who have turned up for the activities. It is very positive.” – said one of the football tournament coaches.
The football tournament started on 10th April having boys and girls participate in the games. The teams were sub divided into categories during the matches with each team having 15 players. A fee was requested for the teams to register as to avoid overcrowding and to help cater for general expenses.
We are really happy at Boo with the high number of participants, the increasing number of girls getting involved and the success of the activities.