Kilimanjaro Initiative

Location: Kibera, Nairobi
Combat sport: Boxing and Martial Arts
Focus areas: Sports, leadership development, youth empowerment
Established: 2006
Joined the FFP Alumni: June 2013
Contact: Sadique Bilal

FFP’s coordinating partner in Kenya, Kilimanjaro Initiative works in the field of youth development and urban safety across a wide range of community activities across East Africa. Their mission is to provide young women and men with opportunities that will enable them to take on a constructive role in their communities. By empowering young people and developing leadership skills, KI allows young people to achieve their full potential.

Every year, KI organizes an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. The project brings together youth and community stakeholders from around the world. In preparation for the climb the group of participating young people take part in a leadership training camp. The climb also creates unique opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue, understanding and relationship-building. .

Another of KI’s major projects is the upgrading of Silanga sports complex in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum. For the past few years this has involved renovating the sports field, but the next stage is to upgrade the surrounding buildings to provide a community sports complex that will include a new gym and school.

KI have recently started a new boxing club which embeds holistic youth development into its methodology. With the support of the Global Alumni Programme, KI intend to make the club a model for youth development through sports. In partnership with other local agencies, in 2014 they will be working on the development of the Silanga Field sports complex – overseeing the refurbishment of the derelict sports hall into a boxing gym and helping to install an ICT centre in the adjacent school complex.