Trinty Boxing Club, Kibera

10th December 2013 marked a new beginning in the life of members of Trinity Boxing Club when KI led by the Nairobi office supervisor and the project officer donated boxing equipments during the clubs official launch held at the Soweto East community resource center in Kibera, Nairobi. The resource center will be a temporary training gym for the club before moving to the Silanga sports complex.

The launch was attended by the area chief, district peace committee chairman and Fight For Peace Nairobi alumni members led by Girland Ndirangu of Dallas boxing club and Collins Wanunda of Mathare North boxing club who gave motivational talks to the young boxers. Also in attendance was Juliet Akinyi, a Kenyan international athlete and lady boxer who encouraged the lady members of the club to take advantage of KI support and use the boxing club for their personal development.

Trinity boxing club is one of the oldest boxing clubs in Silanga that was started in the early 1980's. However, due to lack of support, the club disintegrated in early 2000. KI is a lead and coordinating partner of FFP's Global Alumni Program is supporting the Trinity boxing club towards implementing the use of Boxing and Martial Arts (B&MA) methodology aimed at addressing youth violence and crime in Silanga and Kibera at large.

KI will support the club to incorporate boxing with youth leadership, life skills trainings and mentorship for personal development. The program provides a powerful tool that will connect young people in the Silanga community which is seriously affected by violence. This will also provide KI with a platform for broader and deeper working relationship with young people to help them get lessons in the ring and lessons in life thus making champions in the ring and champions in life.

The club targets an initial membership of 30 young men and women. The trainings will be held thrice a week: On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The physical boxing training sessions will be preceded by life skills, leadership and mentorship sessions that will be conducted by a selected life coach and invited speakers from other alumni clubs.

The area chief and chairman of the district peace committee both thanked KI for their efforts to assist and work with young men and women in Silanga and Kibera at large.

They said that KI has proven beyond doubt that they are true friends of the Kibera community by their unrelenting efforts to upgrade the Undugu Silanga Sports complex and now by supporting the trinity boxing club. The area chief encouraged KI to keep up the same spirit and assured of government support whenever needed.

He challenged the youth to take advantage of the numerous platforms that KI and other development partners are providing to better their lives.

The launch was concluded by the handing over of the boxing equipments to the club coach and a demonstration by the coach and club members. KI will continue to mobilize resources and like minded partners towards proving young women and men opportunities to explore and exploit their talents and abilities.

Patrick Safari,Trinity boxing club Captain