Slum footie, more than just football © Tom Rübenach

Slum Footie Tournament

A whole day for the youngsters. A day of peaceful fightings with neigbours – on the football pitch. This is one of the key events of the AYiERA iNiTiATiVE.

It’s more than just football

Football and empowerment © Tom Rübenach
Football and empowerment © Tom Rübenach

This tournament is normally staged mid of every year with the aim of fighting social ills that affects slum communities i.e poverty, crime, prostitution, drug abuse and alcoholism, unemployment, environmental degradation, Inter ethnic conflicts, ignorance, HIV/AIDS and other diseases e.t.c. 

We use sport to bring community members together. The tournament provides a platform for the residents of Korogocho slum to get educated, deliberate and discuss challenges, facing them. During this process we’re managing to find positive and lasting solutions to some of those problems.

Each year AYiERA iNiTiATiVE identifies an issue that
needs immediate intervention, then addresses it.

Slum footie tournament is a one day event with the target group being youths and the entire community. The youths are the main target group during this event since they are the ones mostly affected by the social ills some of them mentioned above.

Read here about the Destitute Children Event and
here about the Youth Groups Slum Exchange Programme.



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AYiERA iNiTiATiVE is a Community Based Organisation (CBO). It was established with the main aim of positively transforming poor communities (Korogocho slum and its environs) and to improve the lives of the less privileged children and youths of Korogocho slum by using sports specifically slum footie – a small football game initiated by Ayiera Initiative, as a tool to achieve the above mentioned aims; sport in this case being used as catalyst for positive social change and development. The organization also empowers disadvantaged children of Korogocho slum and its environs by engaging them in academic, sports and art programs and activities.

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