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Poulsbo woman helps children in Kenya

POULSBO —  Kick it with Kenya has been asked to hold a youth conference in two villages this year, expanding its reach to thousands more across rural Kenya.

An event like this is only possible with the help from sponsors, donors and volunteers. There are opportunities to be a sponsor for a youth soccer team or an education sponsor for the entire event.

Kick it with Kenya is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization using sports as a platform to educate youth on how to live healthier lifestyles. Through the support of local residents, it focuses on bringing vital public health resources and education to youth and their communities in rural Kenya.

Poulsbo resident Michele Fujii first traveled to Kenya as a junior in college in 2007 to volunteer at the rural health care clinics and schools. At the age of 23, she co-founded the program.

Fujii realized soccer could be a tool to educate and provide other resources for them.  The first KIWK conference was held in 2008. Basic healthcare and medical exams were also offered at discounted prices to the youth and the entire community.

Every summer, thousands of spectators come out to watch the sports. The program has been able to introduce ophthalmology and dental exams and also voluntary HIV counseling and testing.

There are volunteer opportunities locally and abroad. To participate, travel to Kenya or support the cause, contact Michele at michele@kickitwithkenya.org for more details. Visit www.kickitwithkenya.org.

 

 

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