the klabu approach

Why sports?

When refugees flee their home, they leave everything behind: family, friends, belongings. Waiting to return home in safety or be resettled can take years and in the meantime, refugees wait. Education and employment are hard to find, frustration sets in and the talent and potential of young people is wasted.

Sports cannot solve all these problems, but they can help connect refugees and locals living in these new communities and build bridges across borders. 

This is what KLABU stands for: not to accept wasted lives but instead help young refugees cope and connect on their way to a better future.  

Why sports?

When refugees flee their home, they leave everything behind: family, friends, belongings. Waiting to return home in safety or be resettled can take years and in the meantime, refugees wait. Education and employment are hard to find, frustration sets in and the talent and potential of young people is wasted.

Sports cannot solve all these problems, but they can help connect refugees and locals living in these new communities and build bridges across borders. 

This is what KLABU stands for: not to accept wasted lives but instead help young refugees cope and connect on their way to a better future.  

To run the clubs, we developed an innovative library system. Local managers rent out sports equipment and games against very affordable rates and use the income for repairs and tournaments. The system is simple and sustainable, and can easily be replicated globally.

In Kalobeyei where we built our first sports club together with NGO's the Lutheran World Federation and Roof for Humanity in 2019, the club now has 8,450 members. Every day hundreds come together at the club to play volleyball, football or a game of chess.

Find out more about Kalobeyei Spirit and the club members below.

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In refugee camps and settlements, NGO’s often provide food, housing, medical care and educational support. But there are no structural solutions for young people to play sports.

What's most needed is equipment, sportswear and playing fields. KLABU appoints fields, builds sturdy club houses and we stock them with all the gear and clothing to play the most popular local sports and games.

We, together with our partner Roof For Humanity, always work with local builders and artisans to make sure the club meets local requirements. It's their club, after all.

OUR BUSINESS MODEL

Instead of being fully reliant on (one-off) donations and funding from sponsors, we want to become a healthy organisation that can have long-term impact. That’s why we developed a business model selling high-quality sportswear. 

 

100% of everything we fundraise through sales and donations goes towards powering sports with refugees. Our aim is to set up 10 clubs in the next 5 years, getting 100,000 refugees onto the playing field. Let's get to work! 

OUR BUSINESS MODEL

Instead of being fully reliant on (one-off) donations and funding from sponsors, we want to become a healthy organisation that can have long-term impact. That’s why we developed a business model selling high-quality sportswear. 

 

100% of everything we fundraise through sales and donations goes towards powering sports with refugees. Our aim is to set up 10 clubs in the next 5 years, getting 100,000 refugees onto the playing field. Let's get to work! 

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