Kibera Girls Soccer Academy, Kenya
Abdul Kassim, has been a Kibera resident his entire life. Growing up and being raised solely by women, he was conscience of the extreme gender inequalities prevalent in the slums. Wanting to create a more equitable world for his daughter, he started to work to change the misconceptions about girls and their abilities. In 2002, Abdul started a girls’ soccer team. The team excelled and was able to compete on par with their male peers. Though successful, Abdul realized more needed to be done to improve the quality of life for girls in Kibera so he started a school in 2006. Today, Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) has 20 full-time staff, over 130 students, and several artistic and athletic programs. Their hope is to inspire young women in Kibera to become advocates for a change within their own and the larger Kenyan community.