Special Needs Program
This program targets mentally-challenged children within special units in Kisumu and Nyando Districts. It specifically seeks to ensure that they are, like mainstream boys and girls, given equal opportunies to gain from the benefits of sports. KYFA provides special units with balls and other sports equipment and opportunities to play sports (including football and athletics).
There have been two termly zonal sports days involving over 160 children and one big Annual Sports Day for Children with Special Needs at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground involving all special units in the program. The coming-together of the special units in a common program also helps in networking and identification of long-terms means of community support (ie. corporations and local businesses).
The project will culminate with two documentaries highlighting each target group’s journey from the launch of the project to the end, complete with interviews and footage from the events. These documentaries will be shown throughout Kisumu at KYFA’s conference hall and at local schools – thus giving teachers and parents the oportunity to watch the films and discuss the issues raised
Football & Beyond Program
Funded by the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), this KYFA project uses football as a means to reach out to some of the marginalized members of society – namely, girls and mentally challenged children. With 7 mentors identified, recruited and trained, the mentorship sessions kicked off in May 2012 in 20 football clubs targeting 400 girls.