Carolina for Kibera

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"Established in 2001, Carolina for Kibera (CFK) is an international, nongovernmental organization based in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. In the United States, CFK is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation and major affiliated entity and program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill based at the Center for Global Initiatives.

"Named a TIME Magazine and Gates Foundation “Hero of Global Health,” Carolina For Kibera (CFK) fights abject poverty and helps prevent violence through community-based development in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya and beyond..." [1]

"CFK was founded by Rye Barcott (then an undergraduate at UNC) to help prevent ethnic and religious violence in Kibera through a community-based sports program. In the summer of 2001, Barcott teamed up with Salim Mohamed (in photo on right) who was managing the Information and Management Department of the Mathare Youth Sports Association in another informal settlement in Nairobi. Barcott also reunited with the late Tabitha Atieno Festo, a registered nurse and resident of Kibera who had established a small medical clinic from a grant of $26 that Barcott had given her the previous summer to sell vegetables. CFK received its initial funding in the form of a $30,000 start-up grant from the Ford Foundation. A year later, two undergraduates from the United States, Karen Austrian and Emily Verellen, volunteered in Kibera with CFK and helped young women in Kibera create CFK’s third program, The Binti Pamoja (Daughters United) Center, establishing a safe space for young girls to address issues unique to them. Youth in Kibera subsequently developed the Taka ni Pato (Trash is Cash) and Base of the Pyramid programs in 2005 in order to address the dearth of employment opportunities in Kibera." [2]

They are a member of Aid for Africa.

  • Co-Founders: Tabitha Atieno Festo, Salim Mohamed

CFK Officers:

Kenya Board of Trustees

Accessed January 2011: [3]

  • Joseph Nganga (Chair), CEO, Renewable Energy Ventures
  • Jane Kilonzo, Head of Risk & Compliance, Bank of Africa Kenya
  • Chiuri Ngugi, Partner, Chiuri Kirui & Rugo, Advocates
  • Joseph Njenga, Social Entrepreneur, Community Cleaning Services
  • Grace Irimu, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Nairobi
  • Justus Mbae, former Cultural Affairs Specialist, US Embassy, Nairobi


Accessed January 2011: [4]

Mr. Brett Bullington and Mr. Zach Clayton joined the US Board in April. Mr. Bullington is an advisor to start-ups and angel investor in Silicon Valley. Mr. Clayton is the Founder and CEO of Three Ships Media, a digital marketing agency focused on customer acquisition.

Advisory Board

Accessed January 2011: [5]



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  1. About, Carolina for Kibera, accessed January 19, 2011.
  2. History, Carolina for Kibera, accessed January 19, 2011.
  3. Kenya Board of Trustees, Carolina for Kibera, accessed January 19, 2011.
  4. Board, Carolina for Kibera, accessed January 19, 2011.
  5. Advisory Board, Carolina for Kibera, accessed January 19, 2011.