My name is Ben Ooko,I was born and bred in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
I belong to a generation of Kenyan leaders who believe that it is only through self-organization and team work that we are able to overcome the challenges that divides us as a society.
I have founded several development and literacy community initiatives in Kibera slums aiming to reach many young people to change their lives. Some of these wonderful projects in the slums of Nairobi have received both local and global awards and recognition.
Among the initiatives that I co-founded is Amani Kibera, an award winning community initiative that promotes peaceful and a just society through educational activities, value based sports and giving our youth -- especially the women -- a voice to actively participate in accountability and transparency initiatives. We run an award winning free community library that serves more than 310 formal and non-formal educational institutions from across the country. Amani Kibera has also established a girl’s empowerment center, a social enterprise that trains youth on fashion and design skills, and takes girls who have dropped out of school due to unavoidable circumstancesback to school. It also organizes the largest value based sports (football) competition in Kibera that brings together more than 2,000 players from across the country from the age of 10 - 25 years to share and learn from each other.
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