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HAWKS FC - "KITS 2 KENYA" PROJECT

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Meet our "Kenyan Hawks !"

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Welcome to the fundraiser page of our "Kits2Kenya" Project 

Hawks FC are excited to be launching our new "Kits2Kenya" project.

This is a Legacy project based on one of our core values  “Leaving our Shirt in a better place”.

In 2018 we were fortunate to meet Emmanuel Pala who came to England to seek football

opportunities and played for Kettering Town & Northampton Sileby FC. He got to know us

well at Hawks and helped us during his period in the UK. We have remained good friends

with ever since. He returned to Nairobi in 2020 where he continued his football career.

For some time, we have been considering a legacy charitable football project in a place that

supports children in urgent need of help. We were aware of the social challenges in Nairobi,

Kenya and began the search for partner clubs to support our aims who would be an excellent 

fit for Hawks. After some searching we came across "Maroon Talent Academy" & "Acakas 

the Academy of Kasabuni Sports".

We have decided to start our project by supporting these incredible groups doing amazing 

work in the Kibera, Langata & Baba Dodo Ward areas of greater Nairobi run by a group of

community volunteers led by Issa Gunabe at Maroon & Peter Katu at Acakas.

 

Nairobi itself has a urban population of 4.5million but is it home to one of the largest urban slums in Africa, and the third largest in the world. The average resident lives of less than $5 a day. in the slums Unemployment rates are high and 12% of the population are living with HIV. Many of the 500,000 residents in the slums lack basic services like electricity, medical care, and clean running water. 

For children, football provides a safe haven and a vital lifeline.

Issa and his support team support youngsters aged 6-17 and

help educate the youngsters. Resources and funds are scarce

so Hawks has helped by providing kit to the youngsters. We

have shipped 80kg of kit from our old stocks. 

We are interested in working with other clubs in the UK and in

Kenya to develop this work. We need help with shipping / logistics

partners to assist with the wider development of the project. We 

can then start supporting other clubs which we have contacted.

 

Hawks has initially committed £600 of cash funds to the project as well as the kit and equipment we have shipped in the first consignment. We are aiming to match this contribution from fundraising to enable future shipments.

We are launching a fundraiser to help develop the project further to send a further 80kg of "Kit2Kenya" . The funds will support ongoing transport costs which are around £10 per kg of kit. 

The pressing needs are football boots, kit and equipment. We are aiming for another collection in the next few months to ship to Kenya to further support those in need. As soon as distribution funds are raised we will begin the work to collect and box a further consignment.

You can donate to the Hawks "Kit2Kenya Project" on our fundraising page or via the donation link at the top of this page. Funds raised will be held securely for the project and ringfenced to support this charitable mercy project.

More details of the project can be found on our Give as you live page. The link is below.

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Emmanual Pala
Hawks Kenya Ambassador
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