Carolina for Kibera (CFK)
Carolina for Kibera (CFK)
Not-for-profitYear launched: 2001
Country of Operation
- Family planning and reproductive health
- Primary care
SummaryCFK develops local leaders, empowers youth and provides health care services to the Kibera slum community of Nairobi. this collaborative network includes a primary care clinic, sports program, reproductive health and women's rights facility, and monthly community service projects
CFK's primary mission is to promote youth leadership and ethnic and gender cooperation in Kibera through sports, young women's empowerment, and community development. The programs established on this foundation work to improve basic healthcare, sanitation, and education in Kibera.
Key program components
Tabitha Clinic is a community-based medical clinic that provides primary healthcare and youth-friendly services to Kibera residents on a sliding-fee scale. In 2009, CFK opened a 3-story, 13-room eco-friendly facility that utilizes solar panels and a rainwater catchment system. The new facility has improved the quality and capacity of care through expanded laboratory services, additional patient rooms, a central pharmacy, and youth reproductive health clinic. The clinic is one of the only medical facilities in Kibera that staffs two full-time physicians and six clinicians. In addition, it also hosts volunteer medical students and faculty from UNC and Duke University Medical Schools. CFK has also provided training for volunteers in the community to become home-based care providers. In 2009-2010, 41,825 people visited the Tabitha Medical Clinic.
Binti Pamoja Daughter's United Center
The Daughter's United Center is a reproductive health and women's rights facility for 11 to 18 year-old girls in Kibera. The center provides a safe space for adolescent girls in Kibera, an otherwise hostile environment to this group. It has helped girls explore the issues that are prevalent in their daily lives such as: violence against women, HIV/AIDS, unequal access to education, lack of reproductive health care, and demanding domestic responsibilities.
The Center uses photography, drama, writing, and group discussion to investigate such issues in depth, allowing the girls to confront these issues and learn technical information about reproductive health and financial literacy. Furthermore, the Center hosts various programs for instance, monthly speakers, field trips and community service projects have been designed to further empower the girls; as well as providing an outlet for them to educate their communities. A new group of girls is recruited into the Center each year, and after two years, they graduate into the alumni group where they take on leadership roles in the Center and start new girls groups in the community.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Government