CFK Africa 2023 – Year in Review

As the end of the year nears, we take a moment to pause and reflect on what we accomplished together in 2023. We welcomed Jeffrey Okoro as our new executive director, honed in on our Theory of Change model, hosted community engagement forums in Kibera, strengthened our data and research engagement in collaboration with MIT, and reinvigorated our values-based sports programs reaching thousands of youth in informal settlements across Kenya. We also deepened our commitment to girls empowerment, the development of youth leaders, and provision of high quality and affordable maternal and child health care in Kenyan informal settlements.

Enjoy our interactive calendar of 2023 highlights below. We wish you a Happy New Year filled with hope, health, and continued inspiration and thank you for being part of the CFK Africa community. 


Project Officer for Nutrition, Frankline Kaburia, was featured on Radio Jambo to speak about our efforts to combat malnutrition through growth and monitoring outreach, supporting mothers like Laurine, whose children had severe malnutrition but are now thriving due to CFK Africa interventions.
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US First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden’s visit to Kenya included a stop in Kibera where she reconnected with Aliyah Wanjira Maina, CFK Africa microgrant recipient and founding member of our girls empowerment program.
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We partnered with BIC to distribute 300,000 pens to over 150,000 students living in Kenyan informal settlements, ensuring students have the tools they need to succeed in school.
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Our Community Service Board, Community Health Workers, medical facilities staff demonstrated courage and commitment, working hard to provide health services and information amid ongoing political demonstrations in Kibera.
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As one of 10 global partners selected for MIT’s LEAP initiative, our work with a pair of researchers to increase the primary school graduation rate among students in informal settlements was published, receiving international attention.
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Our joint Kenya-US Board of Directors gathered in Kibera for partnership building and visioning, mapping out steps for sustainability and commitment to our community.
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Our Tabitha Medical Clinic was awarded the "2023 Best Facility in Nairobi County" for best performance in the uptake of services (TX- CURR) from CIHEB and Nairobi County, highlighting our commitment to providing high-quality services, specifically our ongoing scale-up of ART treatment and patient retention, growing from 1000 patients to close to 2000.
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Our Girl’s Parliament led a community-wide sensitization event on Gender-Based Violence, showing the great strength and power of women in our community.
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Our Tabitha Week celebrations honored the birthday of our late co-founder Tabitha Festo, who had a dream of providing health care to women and children in Kibera. We offered discounted services and free giveaways to support maternal and child health.
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We celebrated our WASH initiatives on Global Handwashing Day in Nairobi and Kisumu, and our Project Officer for WASH presented on our research and implementation of hygiene improvement programming in collaboration with WSU and the CDC at the international UNC Water and Health Conference in North Carolina.
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Our national soccer team, Kibera Soccer Women FC, completed an intensive training on facilitation and leadership in preparation to serve as our social change ambassadors in 2024 and our youth football tournaments in Mathare, Mukuru kwa Njenga, and Kibera reached thousands of youth.


We hosted year-end activities for our Lux Sit & Jim Rogers scholars including community service, individualized mentorship, recognition of outstanding performance, and a celebration of alumni, developing the next generation of youth leaders committed to giving back to their communities.
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