The SLIDE Project; Empowering Deaf Young Women Through Sports and Entrepreneurship in Kibera, Nairobi

In collaboration with Laureus Sports for Good, the Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY) has been on an initiative to uplift and empower deaf young women in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. Aptly named the SLIDE project -Sports and Livelihood for Deaf Empowerment, this endeavor is tailored to cater to the unique needs of Deaf women aged between 24 and 35, offering them a comprehensive blend of sporting activities and entrepreneurial preparation to unlock their full potential.

At the heart of the SLIDE project lies its innovative activities designed to harness the transformative power of sports and entrepreneurship. Football training sessions serve as not only a means of physical activity but also a platform for fostering teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence among participants. Through these sessions, deaf young women are not only honing their athletic abilities but also building essential life skills that will serve them well beyond the field.

Deaf young women footballers participants of the SLIDE project

In addition to sports training, the SLIDE project places a strong emphasis on digital literacy and entrepreneurship. Participants are equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to navigate the digital landscape and harness its potential for personal and professional growth. Through workshops and training sessions, they gain valuable insights into entrepreneurship, learning how to develop business ideas, create sustainable ventures, and navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship as Deaf women in their community.

The project also includes exciting football tournaments that not only provide a platform for showcasing the talents and skills acquired by participants but also serve as a means of fostering community cohesion and inclusion. These tournaments bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds, breaking down barriers and fostering understanding and mutual respect.At the tail end of last year's  SLIDE project, we organized a graduation ceremony for the participants to celebrate their achievements.

Deaf women playing football

Through the SLIDE project, we in conjuction with Laureus Sports  are not only empowering Deaf young women in Kibera but also paving the way for greater inclusivity, opportunity, and equality. By harnessing the power of sports and entrepreneurship, this initiative is transforming lives, breaking down barriers, and creating a brighter, more inclusive future for all.