Footsteps (2021)

In brief

The SOL Foundation assists Footsteps, a Kenyan registered community-based organisation, to empower girls living in the urban slums of Nairobi using football and volleyball.

Footsteps’ work promotes and encourages entrepreneurial awareness among young girls and young women with the aim of enabling them to be responsible, enterprising individuals who contribute to the economic development of their community.

Problem to be tackled

Girls and women living in the urban slums of Nairobi are faced with social and economic instability and vulnerability, experiencing some of the lowest school enrolment rates in Kenya, these girls are exposed to violence and insecurity in their everyday lives, and they are at an increased risk for early pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.

Local partner

Footsteps’ project will give girls and young women platforms where they can amplify their voices on social issues and rights. It will also promote girls’ leadership; first to appreciate their bodies and leadership of the same bodies as well as to lead in their homes, communities and schools. The project engages parents and community members through using sports to initiate discussions related to girls and the role of the community in protecting them.


The project targets girls and women from poor backgrounds and communities, mostly coming from single families and living in the informal settlements.

SOL’s contribution

With the support from The SOL Foundation, Footsteps will be able to provide opportunities for girls and young women to create awareness in their homes, schools and communities on issues of rights, health rights and being social change agents at grassroots level through the power of sports.

Project partner

Footsteps is a community-based organisation in Nairobi,Kenya: its mission is to identify and invest in girls and young women in the marginalised communities by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate prosperity within their communities.