Directory of Sports Non-Profit Organizations
Basketball, Boxing, Football (Soccer), Recreational Activities, Table Tennis, Volleyball
Children and Youth, Community, Poverty
Age Groups Served: Children & Youth
Mailing Address: 31 Middle Mead
State/Province: Non US/Canada
Zip/Postal Code: RG27 9TE
Country: United Kingdom
Phone: 01256 766263
Many young children, some as young as 3 or 4 years old, in Mombasa, Kenya, are so poor they live on the streets. Life for them is a bleak struggle for survival, where drugs, alcohol and crime are often the only means of escape. They desperately need help. ‘Glad’s House’ is a young charity that aims to help these street children return to a ‘normal’ way of life. When we have raised sufficient funds we will be establishing Glad’s House, our own refuge in Mombasa.
Our aim is to get as many children as possible back into full time education. For those who can perhaps even places in higher education. For the less academic children or those too old to return to school, we aim to get them into apprenticeship schemes where they can learn a trade. All the older children we will assist in finding gainful employment.
Our Partners, The Mombasa Olympic Youth Organisation (MOYO) was established by a former Kenyan Olympic athlete and social worker, Fred (Bokey) Achola to help street children. The organisation uses sport to reach this vulnerable group, to give them information, motivation and support to help them steer clear of drugs and crime and avoid HIV infection. It is registered with the Kenyan government ministry as a youth group and integrates with both government and private sector to attain its objectives. Sport is a key activity in making contact with street children and an excellent way of integrating them with the local children.
We currently have a very success football section (including ‘beach soccer), we also have basketball and volleyball facilities. There is a very active boxing club called The Havana Boxing Club but this has extremely limited equipment and facilities. We have recently shipped to Mombasa table tennis tables and a snooker table. We now need to have a suitable building to house all this equipment, as well as a centre for our library and computer centre. The Sports Hall/Youth Centre will also be available for the local community to use for meetings etc.