Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Field Trip to the Nairobi National Museum

Just last week, 68 students from the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy went on a field trip to the Nairobi National Museum. 
Here's what Richard Teka, the Programs Director had to say about the day.  "It was a good session, apart from the two classes (form one and form two) being able to interact, they were able to learn more about their own history, geography, and science subjects.  Later on they played soccer in a nearby park as they waited for the bus to come. The students really had a great time and we were able to organize for them a snack of chips and soda.  Thank you for letting our younger classes have this experience this early."

Thursday, February 16, 2012

If I were a Tree (Ningelikuwa Mti) - by Jeremy Levinger

If I were a tree, I would grow in the depths of Kibera; down there, like Lindi, or in the holes, like Mashimoni. I would grow where people respect my roots, because they know the beauty of what's hidden. My branches would gota (fist pound) every passerby and my bark would be stapled with flyers of Ohangla (traditional Luo music) and Reggae concerts. Mothers would carry unga (maize flour) under me and my leaves would protect them from the rain. I'd bear fruits for the local crazies, who need food for thought to reveal how clever they really are. I'd build seats where my ways split, so students could climb me to study and reach even greater heights. I'd have loose limbs that children could hang on to cross sewage water and my leaves would blow away smoke from burning trash. I would be a monument, so people could say "I live near the big tree". People would know where I come from and  would understand my roots, because underground is just a concept. If you look close enough, you would see my roots, drinking tears of abandoned mothers and drunkards, inspiring me to stand tall. You'd see green, deep in the heart of the chocolate city, and you'd hear the same birds that wake you up every morning. You'd see pain, gripping to the same beaten soil as usual, but I'm still smiling, still focusing on what I'm carrying; the nature of the community. If I were a tree, only the poor would hug me.

- dedicated to Kibera, Africa's largest slum

Jeremy Levinger is a poet, educator, activist and a student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  He recently volunteered at the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy for a semester through the MSID program and made an immediate impact at the Academy.  Thank you Jeremy for your hard work and who you are in the world.

Monday, February 13, 2012

2nd Annual 5K Walk/Race-athon - Denver, CO

To register for the race, click HERE

For the second year in a row, Denver University and graduate students in the School of Social Work have organized a 5K race to raise awareness and funding for the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy.  Just last December a group of students and faculty visited with the students and staff in Kibera, exchanged stories and perspectives, and continued to foster a relationship between two educational institutions.

This May, the KGSA Foundation and Denver University will host another successful 5K race at Sloan's Park on Sunday, May 13th - Mother's Day!   For all of those important women in our lives, including our mothers, invite them all to join us and help a community of young women in Kenya continue to have access to an education.

                                                 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER