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Kenyan football clubs help out poverty-stricken communities - Sports Leo

Two Kenyan clubs, Wazito FC and Nairobi City Stars have joined forces in alleviating the financial crush being felt by disadvantaged communities during the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country, with food and sanitary material donations.

Kenya, as of May 17, had 837 Covid-19 infections with 50 deaths. The country had its first reported case of Covid-19 on March 13.

Second-tier City Stars donated foodstuff to residents in Kibera, in Nairobi. the biggest informal settlement in Africa. They went through 10 locations where most of the residents have lost income.

“We would not be able to get where we are as a club without the support of the community. As such, we will continue to work with our sponsors the Jonathan Jackson Foundation and other willing partners to ensure we reach as many vulnerable communities as we can,” said Patrick Korir, Nairobi City Stars Chief Executive Officer.

Wazito, which competes in the Kenyan top flight, also picked up the cue, with the team visiting seven different Children’s Homes and homes for the aged as well as supplying over 15 families with food.

They visited homes in Mathare, Embakasi, Lang’ata, Ruiru, Kangemi, Valley Road, and Kasarani.

The players and coaching teams also used the opportunity to encourage budding players with both football and life skills.

“These children’s homes mostly rely on donors and with the Covid-19 situation, not many can come to their aid and that is why we decided to play our part. We have not only donated foodstuff but also sanitary materials and water tanks to help them maintain high standards of cleanliness to reduce the risk of getting the virus,” Wazito FC CEO Dennis Gicheru told CafOnline.

“This is a good way to connect with our fans and also show them that we appreciate the support they give us in the field. At the same time, it is a way of reaching out to more fans and increase our fan base.”

Individual players, mostly those based abroad have also done their bit of social responsibility, donating to various causes in impoverished areas.

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