A soccer camp took place from 14-31 August 2006 at a ground on the outskirts of Kibera, Kenya. About 200 children showed up for the event and the number continued to grow as the days went by. It was a great chance to get some football training and watch exhibition games that featured members of the Kenyan national team. 'Let's enjoy football in clean air' became the motto for the event, and all the coaches delivered an environmental message as part of their coaching.
Kibera itself is Kenya's biggest slum and has some pressing public hygiene issues relating to garbage and toilet facilities. However, since the camp that was held in 2004, which featured a clean up by the participants, periodic clean ups have been taking place and progress is slowly being made.
University students from the Kibera region that are learning to be coaches and teachers, joined the camps as volunteers, and it was a good opportunity for them to both teach and learn about what it takes to be a coach. It is hoped that both these volunteers and the children themselves will become important community leaders in the future.
Report by Katsuya Otsu, GSA Tokyo