KLABU (“club” in Swahili) is an Amsterdam-based non-profit organization, linking young refugees to the world of sports by building sports clubs in refugee camps, settlements and cities.
There are currently 25.4 million refugees across the globe, people who have had to escape their home countries because of war or persecution, the number standing as a record high since the second World War. More than half of these people are younger that 18, and many spend their entire youth living in difficult conditions in refugee camps, where days are often long marked by a lack of activity or potential hobbies. This is where the KLABU Foundation come in.
In January 2019, the Foundation built its first KLABU sports club in the Kalobeyei refugee settlement (population of 36,000) in north Kenya, a settlement in which sports initiatives had previously been practically unheard of. There, tehe club provided (and continues to provide) facilities, sports equipment and clothing through an innovative library system. On average, 500 new members are join every week, bringing young adult refugees (from 13 African countries) and local Kenyans closer together.