“Sports for development programs can become a powerful tool for development and learning. They promote participation, inclusion, human values, acceptance of rules, discipline, health promotion, non-violence, tolerance, gender equality, teamwork, among others. All of the aforementioned problems are visible in the poor communities of developing countries. These issues can be dealt with by adopting programs that directly address them as part of their routine.”
*Sports as a tool for social change, World Economic Forum. de Vengoechea, C.
Korogocho Streetscapes tries to include sport activities in many of the activities that takes place within the public spaces. In Korogocho Hope Raisers Youth Initiative are running Hope Raisers Football Academy and several Roller skating teams:
Since its inception in 2010, Hope Raisers skating club has risen to be one of the largest club in the country. It started out as a group of youth taking the opportunity of using the newly-paved, most dangerous, street in Korogocho for roller-skating. By using the most dangerous street they also managed to transformed into a safe public space.
Apart from changing the narrative of the streets of Korogocho, the roller skating program also mentors over 120 kids between ages of 6 and 22 years. The team members have participated in major tournaments across the country in speed skating, skateboarding, roll ball and artistic skating, and has produced some of the greatest skaters in Kenya.
The Football Academy
Hoperaisers Football Academy was formed in 2015 and accomodate three teams for boys (under 10, 11-13 years and 14-16 years) and two teams for girls (under 13 and 14-16 years).
The academy is also visioned to grow into a full-house sports institution with the mission of using football as a tool for personal development. The mission is also to educate the youth on how to grow into responsible citizens.
The academy provides coach training to educate the trainers in coaching not only football, but also as life coaches for the youth. As such the academy brings forward youth leaders and good role models within the area.