Focused on Impact from the Beginning

Who We Are

CFK is a Kenyan led organization, with an office in the US committed to community led change.

Locally led staff

Led for the community, by the community.

Presence in the community

A trusted partner with five locations.

Initiating Expansion

Strengthening our programs and extending our reach.

Deepening and establishing new partnerships

Collaborating with local and global organizations for better outcomes.

Our History

  • CFK was co-founded by Tabitha, Salim and Rye.

  • Girls Empowerment Program was launched under the name of Binti Pamoja (Daughters United). Began creating safe spaces for girls and young women to discuss reproductive health issues and to fight gender discrimination.

  • CFK’s first 24/7 medical clinic opened.

  • In an effort to promote healthy practices and to deliver a broader continuum of care, we expanded our health program to include home health visits and health education. Our Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and Youth Peer Providers (YPPs) are essential to the delivery of community wellness initiatives.

  • CFK brings together male and female youth of different ethnicities to promote community cooperation and development through sports.

  • CFK referees and coaches help enforce the CFK Youth Fair Play Code, which governs CFK member behavior both on and off the playing fields.

  • Established Kibera’s first all-girls’ soccer league.

  • Broke ground in March 2007 for construction of new clinic.

  • Introduced a continuing medical education program, capacity building training programs and hired auxiliary doctors and nurses to be “on call” for the clinic in emergencies.

  • Binti Pamoja Center has been recognized by the United Nations as one of the world’s premiere programs addressing the unique challenges and needs of adolescent girls.

  • CFK expanded and relocated the clinic to the center of Kibera, renaming it the Tabitha Medical Clinic. In its first full year providing healthcare services in partnership with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tabitha Clinic served more than 35,000 patient visits, averaging about 140 residents daily.

  • Lishe Bora Nutrition Center opened and 1,566 children were screened for malnutrition.

  • The new 3-story Binti Pamoja Center opened housing CFK operations and program meetings.

  • Young Health and Wellness Center opened.

  • Launched CFK Maternity Center and first baby born.

Our Roots

CFK was co-founded by Tabitha Festo, a Kiberan nurse, Salim Mohamed, a Kenyan community organizer, and Rye Barcott, a visiting US marine and student at the University of North Carolina, in 2001. The organization was inspired by a combination of kindness Barcott received from individuals like Tabitha, who aided in his recovery from malaria while he was studying in Kibera, and passion in locally led change from those like Salim who had already co-founded and run nationally acknowledged youth development programs.

At its inception, CFK was a soccer program — designed to promote leadership development in young people and reduce ethnic violence in the community. The program, guided by the principles of participatory development, engaged community members to help assess needs and solutions within Kibera. Rye and Salim set off to empower the local young people of Kibera when they ran into Tabitha Festo. With only $26.00, Tabitha single handedly built a business and used her earnings to open a community health clinic. The clinic was attached to Tabitha’s home, because as she said, people don’t stop getting sick at night. The purpose of the clinic was to provide necessary healthcare services to all who were in need, no one would be turned away. Since the initial vision of CFK was to promote a holistic version of wellness, incorporating Tabitha’s clinic as a foundational piece of the organization was a no brainer.

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