Mathare Youth Sport Association (MYSA), Kenya

Basic Information

  • Founded in: 1987
  • Located in: Nairobi, Kenya

Short Description:
For the last 20 years, MYSA of the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, has been an exemplar of good practice in social development through football claiming over 14,000 young participants. Through a 'self-help' approach, they have managed to successfully link football to environmental clean-ups, HIV/Aids awareness/prevention, leadership training and other community service activities. The organisation, a streetfootballworld network member since 2002, even features a football club that currently competes in the top professional football league of Kenya. And all that while placing particular focus on female participation as just one of the factors for the overall development of the greater Nairobi community.

Target Group:
Boys and girls generally under 16 years of age in the Mathare Valley; Youth, slum dwellers who want to make a difference for themselves and their community.

Thematic Field(s):

  • Children's Rights and Education
  • Environment
  • Health Promotion
  • Anti-discrimination and Social Integration
  • Peace and Reconciliation.

Support in the Framework of the Football for Hope Movement:
Football for Hope is supporting the enhancement of MYSA's ongoing Sports Programme activities. This includes the decentralisation of the Sports Programme's governance, training activities and equipment to the 16 MYSA zones (to create 16 "mini-MYSAs"), the increase in the number and the quality of inter-zonal tournaments, especially for girls and the consolidation, re-organisation and digitalisaiton of MYSA's player files and documents into a comprehensive database and archive.

In 2006, MYSA received Football for Hope support towards two innovative initiatives: the International Girls Football Tournament and a coaching exchange with the Rumbek Youth Sports Association from neighbouring Sudan. In 2007, the support for the annual International Girls Football Tournament was renewed.

Contact Details:
Contact Person: Peter Karanja
Address: P. O. 69038
Postal Code: 00622
City: Nairobi
Country: Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 78 08 04
Fax: +254 20 78 01 48
Email: pkaranja@mysakenya.org
Website: http://www.mysakenya.org/