Kibera Girls Soccer Academy, Kenya

NextAid partnered with the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) in 2011 to help raise funds and awareness for this amazing community-run school that provides free high school education to some of the most vulnerable adolescent girls in the slum of Kibera. This school is the only option for many girls in the slum to further their studies because in Kenya, only primary education is free and compulsory.

KGSA programming focuses on activities that build confidence and open the minds of young women.  In five years, KGSA has passed 266 girls through their high school. Their current enrollment is at 130 girls, ages 14-18, across four grade levels. The school has grown immensely over the past several years, along with attracting international attention for both its willingness to confront some of the biggest challenges facing adolescent girls, as much as for the dynamic endurance that has become a keystone of the school's foundation.

This partnership aligns with NextAid’s focus on girls and women, which is particularly important in a cultural context where a boy’s education will be prioritized over a girl if the family has means to send a child to secondary school. Donations to NextAid can be designated to support KGSA and the funds will support the school’s greatest needs, such as teacher salary stipends for $50-$100 per month. 

KGSA was created by Abdul Kassim, who grew up in Kibera and decided to remain in his community and help break the cycle of poverty by providing opportunities for young women to flourish. He is supported by a dedicated team of mostly all volunteer teachers with university degrees, also from Kibera. Learn more about the school’s early beginnings by watching this video produced by IRIN Slum Survivors project and featuring a segment on Abdul and KGSA.