Kenya

Kenya Homeless Street Soccer Association

KHSSA was founded in 2003 with the main aim of creating awareness and inventive strategies to positively combat homelessness and poverty through sports, in particular street soccer. The organisation works with socially disadvantaged and homeless youths, using sports as an entry point for social integration.

Participants

Young people aged between 12 and 30, who live in a slum or in the streets, suffer from substance abuse or HIV/AIDS, or are affected by it

Locations

Eight areas in Nairobi and Kilifi

Homelessness Statistics

42%
Of the population in Kenya live below the poverty line
250 000
People without homes in Nairobi alone (Street Children, 2014)
300 000
Children are estimated to be living and working in the streets of Kenya (IRIN News, 2007)

About 42% of its population live below the poverty line and they are highly vulnerable to environmental, economic, and social crises.

Additionally, Kenya faces humanitarian crisis due to an influx of refugees – there are over 500,000 refugees from Somalia and 30,000 new arrivals from South Sudan (UNICEF).