Sunday, 27 June 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Gurvinder Rupra, Highcross's Marketing Manager with Leicester legends, Steve Claridge and Alan Birchinall and our very own Claire Whalley, KitAid Trustee Extraordinaire.
Friday, 18 June 2010
Saturday, 12 June 2010
A fitting finish to a very successful week. Squadron Leader Neil Hope, from RAF's 'Taking Football to Africa and Beyond' with players from Southend Soccer Club. Players come from nearby Kibera and train at the Prison grounds.
On behalf of KitAid, thanks Neil for organising such a fantastic trip.
Friday, 11 June 2010
Looking good in their Cardiff City kit.
Although some of the area now has limited electricity and piped water, there is no sewerage system. After visiting the children in their corrugated metal classrooms, kits were handed out to the 500 children (371 of whom are orphans and one in 10 children who were HIV+).
Thanks also to eight year old Thomas Charley to handed out pencils and crayons to the children at the school and to his Dad, Warrant Officer Wayne Charley for his driving skills, knowledge of Nairobi and energy in getting us to some very difficult places to reach.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Founded in 1999 by Hannah Warimu, the school provides free education and food for the children. After handing over the kit, the team visited the slum and saw the homes and living conditions of Jangwani.
Particularly inspiring was Monica Makumo who having been abandoned at the age of 4 years was taken into the school from the streets in 2003. Monica is now the Children’s President at the Kenyan Parliament and is determined to become a Human Rights Lawyer.
Photo shows children wearing kit donated by Hitchin Town FC, a long time supporter of KitAid and Mary Exton School, Hitchin.
Greatly needed school equipment including pens, pencils, books, sewing equipment and materials were donated by Chessbrook Education Support Centre in West Watford.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Representatives of KitAid (Derrick Williams & Sally Howe) joined RAF Shawbury based 'Taking Football to Africa and Beyond' (Squadron Leader Neil Hope and Senior Aircraftsmen Ben Burton), Mark Robson of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Dave Queen from Thomas Adams School in Wem to make football shirt deliveries in Kenya.
The first delivery was at the Kibagare Good News Centre in Nairobi, which sits in a slum township with no running water, sewerage or electricity. The centre houses St Martins Nursery and Primary school and also a girls Secondary School. The centre is run by Sister Leah Wambui Kimani who works tirelessly to support children mainly from Kibagare slums. The children are taught and fed, twice a day, at the school at a cost of 500 Kenyan schillings per term, which is effectively £4 each. The 500 primary and 185 secondary children also have access to medical help as the centre houses a small chemist dispensary and lab.
Many of the kits donated on the day were Newcastle shirts left by fans at St James Park in memory of Sir Bobby Robson.
"It was a fantastic sight to see so many children wearing the black and white stripes and enjoying their football," said Mark.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
We were pleased to hear that Ian's trip to Gambia was a great success. After running two football coaching sessions for youth and national league coaches, he also met all the members of the Gambian Football Association.
'Football Gambia' is set up as a charity in the Gambia now and Ian has five people co-ordinating everything in the Gambia. Ian was interviewed by West Coast Radio 2 and KitAid hit the airwaves across the country.