KIWK - Kick It with Kenya

Mission: To promote  public health awareness, leadership and empowerment to youth through soccer

Kick it with Kenya (KIWK) is an annual youth conference in Kenya that combines a soccer tournament with public health outreach and promotion of leadership through a common enthusiasm for soccer. The program provides public health awareness, HIV testing and counseling, and vital health examinations.

The Need

Rural villages are home to many orphan-headed households where the eldest is often struggling to educate and support his or her siblings. With all of the challenges youth face living in a rural village, the Kick it with Kenya soccer tournaments provide young people with a fun and positive activity that encourages them in every way, but also provides vital health services.

The Approach

Through a week-long conference held in August in our partner communities in Kenya; youth receive public health, HIV/AIDS, and environmental education, conducted by local Youth Outreach Mentors clubs and local chapters of the Environmental Youth Action Corps. Local agencies provide health checkups and everyone is encouraged to be tested to know their HIV status.

During the week, soccer teams compete for a trophy and KIWK T-shirts. The public is invited to attend the games where half-time messages of peace, empowerment and other inspirational topics are delivered.

In the News

Read Alison Stewart’s article, “Soccer is the Medium”, in the June/July 2009 issue of Soccer Coaching International magazine.

How You Can Help

Volunteer to coach, train, work with the local public health team, or just root for the players every August.

Your donation of $50 sponsors one participant by providing a uniform and sports equipment.

Your donation of $550 sponsors a full team of 11 players.