The Kibera Girls Soccer Academy is a free school for girls in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.
It has been a dream of the students at the school to build a dormitory for many years. Many of the student struggle with difficult home lives which may include overcrowding, insecurity, hunger, neglect, abuse, and toxic stress from growing up in poverty. Additionally, the burden for the house work often falls on the girls. This involves cooking from a charcoal stove, hand-washing laundry, fetching water, and caring for younger children, which leaves little time for studying out of school.
In 2015, 26 individuals climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money to construct a dormitory and community center at KGSA. The dormitory will provide safe housing for up to 80 students. The community center will be a positive, uplifting space for school events and community gatherings in Kibera.
There were many challenges along the way, but in February 2020, we finally broke ground. The dormitory and community center is expected to be completed in fall 2020. We believe that the dormitory will improve KGSA's students wellbeing and academic performance.
We are trying to raise $30,000 to finish and furnish the building. This includes:
- $5,000 needed to pay the architects' fee
- $16,000 for beds, mattresses, and bedding for 80 girls ($200 per girl)
- $9,000 for other furniture in the dormitory such as cafeteria tables and chairs, desks for the offices and study spaces, bookshelves for the library, computers, shower curtains, soap dispensers, decor, seating, etc...
KGSA's Dormitory and Community Center Architectural Plans
- Main Floor - School Cafeteria/Library and Community Center: This a multi-functional space that will serve as the school cafeteria and library, sort of in the style of an American bookstore / café. This floor also holds an office and small staff meeting room. It will be used as the school cafeteria and library during school days and as a community center on the weekends.
- Second and Third Floors - Dormitories and Study Spaces: The second and third floors contain dormitory rooms that will house between 10 and 12 students as well as bathrooms and showers for the students. Each floor also has a common study room as well as an exterior terrace. The second floor has a house matron’s chamber and the third floor has a sick bay.
- Rooftop - Outdoor Play Space: The rooftop will be a functional space with a mesh-enclosed play-area where the students could play basketball, volleyball or soccer.
Check out the architectural drawings here!