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 £850,000 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.
Working with England Football
In Feb 2021 we were approached by England to work with them, helping them send our their excess stock to our affiliated football teams in Kenya. They very kindly provided us with 3,000 brand new full kits from the 2018 World Cup ! We have worked with them for 3 consecutive years now and hope to continue our partnership for many years to come.
Having only been founded 4 years ago we did not think we would have reached this point so quickly and are eternally grateful for everyone who has helped out along the way.
Working with Arsenal
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. 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.
Working with Oxford United
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. 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.
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.
How to Donate
We are hugely grateful and welcome anyone willing to donate financially to Kit4Kenya. We are now lucky enough to be working with a number of professional football clubs so provision of kit is no longer a problem.
However, as you can probably imagine sending out thousands of kits every year is very costly. We rely solely on donations in order to raise money to send out all our kits.
You simply cannot believe what a difference a new football kit can mean to these children who simply have nothing to call their own.
We take a van to the stadium of the given club and load up all our allocated boxes of kit.
We repackage each box and sort them out into sizes and type of kit. We then label and number each box and assign them to a team/community.
The boxes are then collected from our warehouse and loaded onto a container. They are delivered via sea freight to Kenya.
After 8 weeks of shipping the kits arrive in Kenya and are collected and distributed to our affiliated football teams and communities !
"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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