At the KLABU in Kalobeyei young people come together every day to meet and play - from football to volleyball, and from table tennis to yoga.
The KLABU is about much more than sports. It's also a social hub, fully led by the local community and open to everyone. Other organisations even use the clubhouse for their activities.
"The most amazing thing about KLABU is that it’s open to everyone, especially for the youths who can do something that they love. The community has so much hope in the KLABU that it will change lives."
KLABU clubhouse leaders Sadumba, Nyagoa, Paul and Jean Marie manage a lively schedule with activities for everyone. Whether you like to throw a frisbee, want to cheer for your favourite club at the live sports broadcasts, do some healthy stretches at the weekly yoga sessions, or join Kalobeyei's first girls running club – everyone is welcome to share in the fun.
04 March ’24
17:00 - 18:00
Girls Football Practice
A weekly football class organised by our Head Manager Sadumba.
04 March ’24
15:00 - 17:00
Social Games Afternoon
Join the table tennis tournament or come by for a game of Ludo.
05 March ’24
16:00 - 17:00
Weekly Frisbee Session
Throw a frisbee with KLABU Manager Jean Marie.
07 March ’24
16:00 - 18:00
Girls Running Club
Join Nyagoa at Kalobeyei's first Girls Running Club.
08 March ’24
15:00 - 17:00
Kalobattle Music Competition
Dance and sing into the weekend at one of the most vibrant music competitions in Kalobeyei.
Impact so far
- Over 11,000 (20% of the entire population) inhabitants of Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement and the surrounding host community have become members of the KLABU.
- The clubhouse is run by a team of 7 residents of the camp, themselves refugees from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Burundi, Congo and Rwanda. They are the KLABU managers: Sadumba, Jean Marie, Paul, Nyagoa, Alain, Tom and Riziki.
- In addition to managing the clubhouse for their local community, the managers have mentored and advised KLABU managers in other countries including in our Ter Apel clubhouse!
- The local team has transformed the clubhouse from just a sports library to a social hub with Wi-Fi to learn and stay connected, television to follow their favourite sports and music to have a dance and sing aloud.
- The KLABU managers have also made the clubhouse a base for other organisations: the Kenya Red Cross, the KNVB and community-based organisations all use the clubhouse for their activities, thereby widening the impact to health, education and culture!
- The clubhouse is a place to build bridges between the refugees of Kalobeyei and the Kenyan host community, whether on the music stage or the football pitch. Recently, rapper Seven Colours, from the local Turkana community, has become a regular at the KLABU music battles.
- Through the KLABU brand, the Kalobeyei Spirit has crossed borders. With a shirt worn by many around the world and even featured in FIFA 21, the KLABU members are recognised and honoured and part of a worldwide club.
- UNHCR is involved as a project endorser and LWF is involved as a project supporter and mentor to the clubhouse managers.