Sixty soccer coaches congregating on scrub land belonging to the ironically juxtapositioned Kenyan Scout ground can give the illusion that the sprawling urban chaos that is Kibera is some distance away. Such is the proximity of Kibera that a lengthy concrete perimeter security wall has been constructed, emphasising the economic chasm and social divide.
The coaches’ enthusiasm is infectious as is their ability to build bridges and develop social cohesion across tribal and territorial boundaries. Their influences upon the mainly male turf wars help provide a much needed positive outlet for controlled aggression and some healthy competition. Coaching skills are on the rise whilst respect and tolerance are being promoted. However the reality of Kibera is never far away and during one water break several lads could be seen comparing and admiring past bullet wounds scars.
Meanwhile a part open rear window of our local transport facilitated some much needed ventilation. Removing the curious monkey from the rear seats required a little more skill.