The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) in collaboration with the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), undertook a corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity at the Trinity Boxing Club in Silanga, Kibera, on 20 February 2021. The club was set up to promote positive virtues among the young people, with the activities of the club revolving around five pillars; boxing and martial arts; education; youth leadership; mentorship, and employability.
During the visit, representatives from SRC, KRCS and the club informed the audience about their mandates. Hilary Patroba, Director, Remuneration Services, delivered a brief on the mandate SRC. On her part, Susan Lukano of SRC shared some tips on positive living, being disciplined and determined, and the need to depend on God. The club representative highlighted the challenges faced by club members living in a sprawling informal settlement such as Kibera. He urged the guests to continue supporting them so as to lift the children and young people out of poverty.
The club members showcased their boxing prowess in the junior and senior categories, with an SRC intern participating in the senior’s boxing match. The club provides young people with opportunities that enable them to take constructive roles in their communities to fight crime. They are encouraged to use their skills, knowledge and divert their energies in resourceful sporting activities.
To crown it all, based on donations from Commissioners and staff, members of the club, their families and community members received clothes and shoes to improve their welfare and well-being and reduce their vulnerabilities. Further, through financial donations from Commissioners and staff, up to six children will now be sponsored to join a nearby school.
The club believes that young people can move away from negative vices and become role models. There are 25 youth (including former criminals and victims of crime) engaged through sports so as to become community champions. To help in building their capacity, and ensure ownership and sustainability, the youth are not only involved in the conceptualisation and inception of projects, but also in the driving seat during implementation.