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Kibera Girls Soccer Academy

Abdul Kassim, the Founder & Executive Director of the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA), initially created a girls’ soccer team in 2002 to get teenage women off the streets and engaged in something productive. It wasn’t long until he realized that a soccer team was not enough to combat the problems of street life.

KGSA is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk and disadvantaged young women by providing free secondary education, artistic programming, and athletic opportunities in the slums of Kibera, Kenya. KGSA firmly believe that through active participation in education, arts, and athletics, young women will have the opportunity to develop a stronger confidence in their minds, bodies, and spirits – empowering them to become inspiring leaders in their own communities and country, as they advocate for a brighter Kibera and Kenya.

KGSA supports over 120 girls, employs 10 teachers, operates a host of extra-curricular activities, and has a dominant soccer team.


Starting in September 2017, Orkidstudio will be breaking ground on new boarding, teaching and community facilities for KGSA. Throughout the project we will be focusing on our Education and Equality Impact Programs, employing and training more than 50% women on site.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Client: KGSA Foundation

Structural Engineers: ARUP & NM Engineering Consult

M&E Engineers: Max Fordham

Year: 2017-18

Project Status: In Process

Size: 2,000m2