After two years of touring the various slums of Nairobi playing basketball, we decided to build our own court to create the first Slums Dunk basketball academy. Slums of 500 thousand inhabitants where there are no sports facilities and young people have few opportunities for recreation once they leave school. Thanks to the Slums Dunk project, every day hundreds of boys and girls have access to our sports activities, have fun and experience the true values of sport. Our health and education partners are the perfect team to try and improve people’s lives across the board. Photos by Simone Raso.
In 2015, following the Mathare model, we set up the second Slums Dunk basketball academy, in Manyatta B, a ‘rural’ slum in the city of Kisumu, which has 600,000 inhabitants in the far east of Kenya. We have revitalised a basketball court where hundreds of children can now play every day under the supervision of the coaches we have trained over the years, with the aim of transmitting the values of sport to an area of the world where playing sport can be the highway to a better future.