2011 has been a fantastic year as for sports in Kibera Mpira Mtaani Programme is concern. The year started on a high note with the football Kenya elections being on the top agenda. The country was run by two different soccer bodies which really brought confusion to the players, coaches and lovers of the beautiful game football.
Thanks because eventually we had a credible federation in place that running the sport. No one in the world soccer these really gives hopes to young Mariga’s, Oliech’s and Rooney’s. Football today in the world employs so many people and is one of the leading companies in creating jobs, if orary is managed properly. Sports and especially soccer integrates people and nations across the world enhance making this world a better place to live.
The two languages that are common in this world are sports and music, every where you go most sports share same rules, this makes you to feel one of them, music so long you get the beats you enjoy and start moving your body whether rap, reggae, lingala etc has funs across the world thus gives you a family of music lovers.
This year we managed to have the John Packard Cup in April sponsored by Vision Africa with a total of 140 teams taking part from the age of 10yrs – 18yrs both boys and girls. Vacations in Kenya especially Kibera are mostly boring without organized activities for children. For many years Kibera Mpira Mtaani has been taking the leading role in developing and naturing young footballers in the slum of Kibera, thus giving them a chance to learn and have fun in vacations mainly April, August and December. In Africa talents are discovered mostly at 16yrs and above, this has really dragged our beloved football behind in terms of developing young player game, but thanks to organization like Kibera Mpira Mtaani for bringing on youth football especially at the age of 10 & 12 yrs to develop before 16yrs. This has really helped not only these teams but the country at large. A total of 3,000 children and youths have benefited from this sports programme in Kibera.
Late November we also managed to pull all informal schools from the 13 villages of Kibera for a soccer activities for the children to realize themselves, sharpen there skills, make friends and lastly have fun. The activities brought together 20 schools both boys and girls. The leading sponsors being Vision Africa and Care Kenya. All school were donated with equipments to enable them participate fully without any limitations, a total of 800 children from non formal schools benefited from this activity. The finals were held at Kibera DC Grounds with a colourful awarding ceremony.
As Kibera Mpira Mtaani we believe children need to get better education, good health, food and lastly play there best sports and improve in it, because we don’t know what tomorrow looks like it can be either books or your football talent that gives you a living. We better prepare our children and young people for the future a whole rounded person who is ready to impact his community and the entire world.