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Name: Alive & Kicking
Street 1: Hyundai Go Down, No. 3,
Street 2: Behind Vision Plaza, Mombasa Road.
City: Nairobi
Post Code: 00506
Country: Kenya
Phone: +254 (0)20 204 5481
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr
First Name: Joel
Last Name: Kinuthia
Title: Country Director
Phone: +254 02 204 5481

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr
First Name: Robert Duerdoth Barkell
Last Name: Barkell
Phone: +44 (0) 203 189 4602

General Information

Board Constituency: Developed Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Community-Based Organization (CBO)
Organization Description:
Alive and Kicking Kenya Ltd is a “Not for Profit” ball making social enterprise set up with three clearly defined objectives:

1) To assist children and young people from poorer communities play more sport;

2) To address young people’s vulnerability to preventable illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria;

3) To alleviate poverty by creating employment.

For more sport to be played, youngsters need affordable, durable balls: unfortunately in Africa, these are not available. The large multi-national ball manufacturers no longer make balls on the continent, and imported balls are generally inappropriate for the harsh playing conditions encountered in Africa and exorbitantly priced.

Alive and Kicking has therefore revived the art of ball making in Kenya, and taught two local tanneries there how to prepare leather for making balls. Since its start up in 2004, 125 jobs have been created in its stitching center, which has been set up in one of Nairobi’s poorer urban areas.

The 250,000 durable, repairable, affordable leather footballs, volleyballs and netballs that have been produced to date are being donated to orphanages, refugee camps, street kids projects and community schools, or sold at cost to schools, youth groups, NGOs with preventive health programmes, and to those Corporates with a strong sense of social responsibility who use balls in connection with their community support projects.

Show a youngster a brand new football, and you have immediately captured his attention; an essential step if you want to disseminate awareness advice. Pursuing the logic: before stitching a ball, Alive and Kicking prints simple HIV/AIDS and Malaria prevention advice onto the ball panels, so that peer group leaders, who are generally first to receive new balls, are equipped with a simple communications device.

There is of course a limit to the amount of information that can be printed onto a football, and in Africa, most children play their football on abrasive soils and gravels that af
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Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 100 +
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 0
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Other partners
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Network with other partners
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: No
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:


Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: January 11, 2010
Last updated: August 31, 2011