CFK was born out of an unlikely friendship between Rye Barcott, Salim Mohamed, and Tabitha Festo in the summer of 2000. The mix of an undergrad at the University of North Carolina, a community organizer, and a widowed nurse created a power team capable of bringing about change in Kibera.
Bringing their diverse experiences to the table, each founder created ways to see their passions shine through CFK. Salim understood the value that sports could provide to the youth of Kibera from contributing to the development of MYSA, the largest youth sports program in Africa. As a marine and student, Rye understood the importance of protecting the residents from violence and advocated for education. Tabitha understood the daily struggles that Kiberans faced and sought to provide better access to health care across the settlement.
Since its humble start, CFK has expanded its programs even further than its founders could have imagined. Since 2001, the CFK Sports Association has organized over 20,000 soccer games without a single instance of violence. In 2007, CFK opened a new and expanded Tabitha Medical Clinic in the center of Kibera. It serves as a landmark where Kiberans can access a variety of services such as HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, immunizations, and family planning counseling.
Our Binti Pamoja [Daughters United] Core Program seeks to empower young women in Kibera by creating safe spaces in which they feel free to express themselves. And thanks to the Angaza Education Program, scholarships are available to qualifying CFK participants who then receive 100% of the tuition for high school.
However, there is still more work to be done. CFK continues to work to alleviate poverty and dispel inequalities within informal settlements, aiming to foster a culture in which everyone has the resources to realize their future.