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the KLABU
We are on a mission to build the biggest club in the world.
A club that unlocks the power and joy of sports for the overlooked, in refugee camps and beyond.
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"We are like you, we have dreams, we have goals we want to achieve in life. We are all human." - Lilian (25) from Ethiopia

During the 2016 Olympics in Rio, a refugee team participated for the first time in history, representing 79.5 million forcibly displaced people around the world. Many refugees are younger than 18, and spend an average of 17 years in refugee camps, with little to no access to sports.

This historic moment inspired a group of young people in Amsterdam and Kenya to find a structural solution for the lack of opportunities for young athletes in refugee camps. With an overarching ambition to build bridges across borders and power positive change through a strong brand and a sustainable business model.

During the 2016 Olympics in Rio, a refugee team participated for the first time in history, representing 79.5 million forcibly displaced people around the world. Many refugees are younger than 18, and spend an average of 17 years in refugee camps, with little to no access to sports.

This historic moment inspired a group of young people in Amsterdam and Kenya to find a structural solution for the lack of opportunities for young athletes in refugee camps. With an overarching ambition to build bridges across borders and power positive change through a strong brand and a sustainable business model.

Kick-off

Our first Clubhouse opened in 2019 in the Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement in Kenya, home to 36,000 refugees from 13 different African countries. The Clubhouse is a place where people come together to meet and play - football, basketball, and more. South Sudanese, Congolese or Kenyan, refugees and locals, everybody is welcome. They soon called it their KLABU, ‘club’ in Swahili.

Today, KLABU Kalobeyei unlocks sports for more than 10,000 athletes every day.

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Kick-off

Our first Clubhouse opened in 2019 in the Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement in Kenya, home to 36,000 refugees from 13 different African countries. The Clubhouse is a place where people come together to meet and play - football, basketball, and more. South Sudanese, Congolese or Kenyan, refugees and locals, everybody is welcome. They soon called it their KLABU, ‘club’ in Swahili.

Today, KLABU Kalobeyei unlocks sports for more than 10,000 athletes every day.

Welcome to the KLABU in Kalobeyei

Whether you're kicking a ball in Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement or on the streets of Paris - we all share the power and joy of sports. But we don't all have the same opportunities.

Power of 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 it can help connect refugees and locals living in these new communities, create meaningful engagement, boost health and well-being (especially in times of Corona), and build bridges across borders. This is what KLABU stands for: not to accept wasted lives but instead help young refugees and locals cope and connect on their way to a better future.

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Power of 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 it can help connect refugees and locals living in these new communities, create meaningful engagement, boost health and well-being (especially in times of Corona), and build bridges across borders. This is what KLABU stands for: not to accept wasted lives but instead help young refugees and locals cope and connect on their way to a better future.

The KLABU Model

We build sturdy and multi-use Clubhouses in refugee settlements that provide young athletes with access to high-quality sports equipment and sportswear. Every Clubhouse can sustain around 10,000 members to play the most popular sports and games, through an innovative library system. The Clubhouse is owned and managed by the local community: it’s their KLABU.

Future Clubhouses will be solar-powered and provide wifi, bringing additional benefits to the community: electricity and connectivity.

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The KLABU Model

We build sturdy and multi-use Clubhouses in refugee settlements that provide young athletes with access to high-quality sports equipment and sportswear. Every Clubhouse can sustain around 10,000 members to play the most popular sports and games, through an innovative library system. The Clubhouse is owned and managed by the local community: it’s their KLABU.

Future Clubhouses will be solar-powered and provide wifi, bringing additional benefits to the community: electricity and connectivity.

A KLABU Clubhouse is a bright and inviting place where the community can come together to meet and play. The club is open for refugees and locals from all nationalities, ages and genders.

Local KLABU Leaders, male and female representatives chosen by the local community, are in charge of the day-to-day management of the Clubhouse.

Individuals and teams can register to borrow equipment and sportswear. The library system ensures that items are returned and the community can benefit from sustainable access to sports. 

Although the borrowing of sports equipment and clothing is free of charge, additional benefits for the community (such as electricity and wifi) come at a small price to stimulate self-reliance and ownership of the Clubhouse. 

The Clubhouse is a hub for training, tournaments, and social gatherings. Groups can hold meetings or organize indoor games tournaments in the Clubhouse - especially popular among women and children.

Local KLABU Leaders, male and female representatives chosen by the local community, are in charge of the day-to-day management of the Clubhouse.

Individuals and teams can register to borrow equipment and sportswear. The library system ensures that items are returned and the community can benefit from sustainable access to sports. 

Although the borrowing of sports equipment and clothing is free of charge, additional benefits for the community (such as electricity and wifi) come at a small price to stimulate self-reliance and ownership of the Clubhouse. 

The Clubhouse is a hub for training, tournaments, and social gatherings. Groups can hold meetings or organize indoor games tournaments in the Clubhouse - especially popular among women and children.

Clubhouses

“When we do sports, I can play with the Somalis, the Sudanese, the Burundians, the Rwandese, Ethiopians. Because we are together.” - Isaac from Congo, Head KLABU Leader in Kalobeyei.

Instead of being fully reliant on donations and funding from our sponsors, KLABU aims to become a healthy organization with long-term impact. Developing and selling KLABU products gives us a level of independence, so we have set up our organization so that we can grow into the biggest sports club in the world, unlocking sports for millions of overlooked athletes around the world.

To set up new Clubhouses in refugee camps, we find sponsors to cover setup costs. The operating costs to run the Clubhouses are funded through the KLABU brand. This means that when you buy a KLABU product, you are giving a refugee athlete access to sports through our Clubhouses.

The KLABU Foundation builds and operates our Clubhouses on a non-profit basis. The Foundation is funded primarily through donations from institutions and private individuals and proceeds from the sale of KLABU products. 100% of what we fundraise goes towards unlocking sports for the overlooked.

The development and sale of KLABU products is carried out by a separate legal entity, KLABU B.V. This limited private company is a social enterprise in charge of the KLABU brand.

For every €5 we fundraise through the sale of products, we can power access to sports for one person for one year through one of our Clubhouses. Either 50% of the brand’s profit or 10% of the revenue, whichever is higher, is donated to the Foundation to support the maintenance and operational costs of the Clubhouses. The other 50% is reinvested into the brand to grow the business, impact, and visibility of the KLABU organization as a whole.

To set up new Clubhouses in refugee camps, we find sponsors to cover setup costs. The operating costs to run the Clubhouses are funded through the KLABU brand. This means that when you buy a KLABU product, you are giving a refugee athlete access to sports through our Clubhouses.

The KLABU Foundation builds and operates our Clubhouses on a non-profit basis. The Foundation is funded primarily through donations from institutions and private individuals and proceeds from the sale of KLABU products. 100% of what we fundraise goes towards unlocking sports for the overlooked.

The development and sale of KLABU products is carried out by a separate legal entity, KLABU B.V. This limited private company is a social enterprise in charge of the KLABU brand.

For every €5 we fundraise through the sale of products, we can power access to sports for one person for one year through one of our Clubhouses. Either 50% of the brand’s profit or 10% of the revenue, whichever is higher, is donated to the Foundation to support the maintenance and operational costs of the Clubhouses. The other 50% is reinvested into the brand to grow the business, impact, and visibility of the KLABU organization as a whole.

The First kit

The first KLABU sports kit was developed and produced to give a voice and identity to the sports teams in the Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement where KLABU’s first clubhouse is located. The Kalobeyei Spirit kits have become a symbol of hope, unity, and pride throughout the camp.

Beyond Kalobeyei, thousands of fans now proudly wear their KLABU kit from Sydney to New York, representing Kalobeyei around the world. Together we are building bridges through sports.

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The First kit

The first KLABU sports kit was developed and produced to give a voice and identity to the sports teams in the Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement where KLABU’s first clubhouse is located. The Kalobeyei Spirit kits have become a symbol of hope, unity, and pride throughout the camp.

Beyond Kalobeyei, thousands of fans now proudly wear their KLABU kit from Sydney to New York, representing Kalobeyei around the world. Together we are building bridges through sports.

What's next?

This is just the start. We’re now ready to start building the world’s biggest club, sharing the power and joy of sports with 500,000 young people over the next decade. Although our initial focus is on refugee camps, there are many young people living in tough conditions, such as slums and favelas, who need access to sports. Let’s get to work!

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What's next?

This is just the start. We’re now ready to start building the world’s biggest club, sharing the power and joy of sports with 500,000 young people over the next decade. Although our initial focus is on refugee camps, there are many young people living in tough conditions, such as slums and favelas, who need access to sports. Let’s get to work!

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"It’s not Nike or Adidas, but this cool sportswear is making life in refugee camps better"

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"How A Refugee Charity Plans To Become The World’s Biggest Sports Club"

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"KLABU drops 2 dope football kits to raise money for refugees"

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[Dutch] "Het idee is dat het concept overal komt waar mensen sportspullen nodig hebben. In favela's, sloppenwijken, maar ook gewoon in Nederland. Jan: 'Zo kunnen we sport overal en voor iedereen mogelijk maken.'"

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[German] "Trend-Shirt mit Botschaft: Mit diesem stylishen (Fußball-)Trikot unterstützen Sie einen Sportclub für Geflüchtete in Kenia"

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"It’s not Nike or Adidas, but this cool sportswear is making life in refugee camps better"

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"How A Refugee Charity Plans To Become The World’s Biggest Sports Club"

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"KLABU drops 2 dope football kits to raise money for refugees"

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[Dutch] "Het idee is dat het concept overal komt waar mensen sportspullen nodig hebben. In favela's, sloppenwijken, maar ook gewoon in Nederland. Jan: 'Zo kunnen we sport overal en voor iedereen mogelijk maken.'"

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[German] "Trend-Shirt mit Botschaft: Mit diesem stylishen (Fußball-)Trikot unterstützen Sie einen Sportclub für Geflüchtete in Kenia"