Location: Korogocho, Nairobi,
Combat sport: Taekwondo and Capoeira
Focus issues: peace building, social integration, and youth leadership
Target Group: Young people aged 8-20, who are affected by poverty, and gang and political violence in the community.
Joined the FFP Alumni: 2011
Contact: Gilbert Moywaywa on firstname.lastname@example.org
Korogocho slum was one of the communities most affected by the post-election violence that took place in Kenya in 2007 / 08, and Ngunyumu School where this programme is based, is literally positioned between two communities that clashed when violence broke out. This programme brings young people from both communities together on neutral ground to learn martial arts and to take part in activities that tackle drug abuse, the spread of HIV, violence and discrimination. It also uses the power of sport to attract young people who have dropped out of school, back into an education environment.
Martial Arts is a new programme for Kochland St. John’s Ngunyumu Initiative which traditionally uses football. The vision is to use these combat sports to work specifically with young people who were most affected by the violence that took place, and to focus on issues such as self-control, self-confidence and resilience which will help prevent young people being recruited into violence in the future.