Youth Reform Self Help Group

Location: Kibera, Nairobi
Combat sport: Boxing
Focus areas: Boxing & MA; employment & income generation; personal development; youth support services
Established: 1990
Joined the FFP Alumni: June 2013
Contact: Mohamed Abdulahi

The situation in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi and one of the largest slums in Africa, is becoming increasingly challenging with the proliferation of violent criminal gangs. Tribal violence following the 2007/08 elections led to the perpetration of wide-spread human rights abuses against the most vulnerable people living in Kibera.

Youth Reform Self Help Group has a proud reputation in the community, not just for the boxing talent they produce via one of their projects, ‘Olympic Boxing Club’, but for their commitment to community development and their mission to encourage young people to be independent and avoid the temptation of gang affiliation.

Despite very basic training facilities and little equipment, Youth Reform’s ‘Olympic Boxing Club’ has a long and proud history of producing some of the best boxers in Kenya – three of whom competed in the 1996 Olympic Games. They currently deliver boxing alongside a range of programmes including HIV/AIDS sensitisation, peace projects and soccer tournaments.

Mohamed coordinates a wide range of entrepreneurial initiatives, including garbage collections, water & sanitation facilities, and agriculture projects (growing food and raising chickens), aimed at employing young people and giving them a means of economic independence. Mohamed is also determined to increase female participation in his boxing programmes and will be looking to establish a girls’ boxing and vocational skills programme.