Founded in the summer of 2017, two 17 year old, British A level students, Tom Sweetnam & Archie Barrow decided to set up the charity "Kit 4 Kenya." Being passionate about sport - and football in particular, we soon came up with the idea of recycling sports kit and sending it to those less fortunate than ourselves in Africa. The problem was... how were we going to transport the kit abroad without incurring huge costs? As we were both involved in Edclub (a skyping platform encouraging pupils from schools around England to help educate Kenyan children), we contacted the organisation and found out that there was a huge need for football boots in particular, for the boys and their families in Kenya. What's more, Edclub could organize the transportation of the boots to ensure their safe arrival. This was when Kit 4 Kenya was born! However, due to the increase in the volume of kit we now send out, we now use a shipping company that send our kit via sea freight arriving in Kenya approximately 2 months after we have finished packing and labeling all our boxes. To date, we have successfully delivered £170,000 worth of football kit and just under 500 pairs of sports shoes to the children and slum football teams in Kenya. Whilst we're very proud of this figure, we see this as just the beginning.
We would be hugely grateful and welcome anyone willing to donate to Kit4Kenya (Link Above) whether it be : Sports equipment or money (to help cover the costs of shipping the goods to Kenya). You simply cannot believe what a difference a pair of your second-hand trainers can mean to these children who simply have nothing to call their own.
Working with Arsenal Football Club
One of our successful shipments of the Arsenal kit
Working with Oxford United Football Club
We are honoured to be able to say that Kit4kenya are now officially working with Oxford United FC . With Kit4kenya being based in Oxford, we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with our local club. Thanks to Oxford United's generosity we have been able to gain access to this season's excess stock and have successfully delivered the around 100 items that we received, out to our affiliated Kenyan football teams located in the slums in Nairobi, who we have been in contact with. The kids, slum communities and football teams were delighted to receive such high-quality kits just in time for Christmas and we have recently uploaded photos of them wearing the kit "See More". We look forward to working alongside Oxford for the foreseeable future and thank them for contacting us, providing us with such a fantastic opportunity to work with them.
We are delighted to announce that we have been invited to team up with Goods for Good . As student ambassadors for this well-known charity, we will now have the opportunity to work with their network of trusted charity partners, enabling us to collaborate and reach places far away, globally. Goods For Good sends goods donated by generous businesses and individuals in the UK to vulnerable communities living around the world. To date they have successfully exported £14 million worth of goods from the UK since July 2014 with 15 different countries benefitting from their work. Thank you Goods for Good for taking us onboard.
Working with Goods for Good
Working with The Eleven Foundation
After being approached by The Eleven Foundation, we have decided that we will be teaming up with them for the purpose of a joint venture at some point in the future. To date, we have successfully delivered three shipments of goods to Kenya; with a total value of £170,000 worth of sports kit. We look forward to working with The Eleven Foundation in the future.
The Eleven Foundation is a newly formed charity set up by three boys at Harrow School. They have a primary goal of helping kids at primary schools and clubs in London fulfill their potential by providing them with kit.
Working with AS Roma Football Club
Through our work we were lucky enough to be put in contact with AS Roma FC, who, through their charity Roma Cares, are providing us with excess stock Nike football kit (pictured right) some even worn by the players!
We are incredibly grateful to AS Roma for nominating Kit4Kenya as their chosen charity as well as being willing to donate this fantastic kit to us.
This kit that we have received has been shipped over from Italy to the UK and has been sent to the Huruma Slum as part of one of our shipments.
Our successful shipment of the AS Roma kit
Working with Life Reform Africa
Life Reform Africa is a charity-based organisation committed to empowering underprivileged communities when it comes to issues of education, poverty eradication, health care, and social welfare. Their beneficiaries include destitute, low-income and displaced people in Kenya, Zambia and other parts of Africa. They also partner with various organisations in order to provide supplies to these areas.
So, due to the fact that we have now collected and sent out a substantial amount of sports kit to our affiliated community in Kenya : The Huruma Slum, we have teamed up with Life Reform Africa, who, through their well-established connections will help us provide our kit to more communities in Kenya as well as continuing to supplying the Huruma Slum as our main priority. This will broaden our horizons by reaching out to more communities in Kenya and hopefully fulfilling our ultimate goal of supplying kit to every Slum community in Kenya.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
To date, we have successfully delivered £170,000 worth brand new football kit as well as just under 500 pairs of second-hand football boots to the Huruma Slum Community in Kenya. These donations in the form of second hand football boots were received as a result of a direct appeal to all the pupils at our school as well as our two prep schools : Summer Fields and Cothill. Whilst we're very proud of these figures, we see this as just the beginning of what will hopefully develop into a charity which can provide football kit to every slum community in Kenya.
We are honoured to be able to say that Kit4kenya is now officially working with Arsenal FC - One of the world's most renowned football clubs. Thanks to Arsenal's generosity we have been able to gain access to this season's excess stock and have successfully delivered the 3,000 items that we received out to our affiliated community as well as providing kits for Kenyan football teams located in the slums in Nairobi, who we have been in contact with. The kids, slum communities and football teams were delighted to receive such high-quality kits just in time for Christmas and we have recently uploaded photos of them wearing the kit "See More". We look forward to working alongside Arsenal for the foreseeable future and thank them for reaching out to us, providing us with such a fantastic opportunity to work with them.
"The Huruma community were over the moon to receive the boots. Not only were there enough to give every EDCLUB child a pair, but we also had enough large ones to give the older teenagers and young adults."
Alice (Founder of EDCLUB)
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