Kenya national soccer team Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama is working with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to improve the living conditions of youth in towns and informal settlements.
The Canadian super league team Montreal Impact midfielder will also assist with UN-Habitat’s Covid-19 mitigation efforts in the slums.
“Excited to team up with UN-Habitat to improve the living conditions of youth in the cities and informal settlements in Kenya and also able to assist towards UN-Habitat’s Covid-19 mitigation efforts in the informal settlements,” he tweeted.
UN-Habitat and the Victor Wanyama Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding pledging to help vulnerable women, girls, children, and youth living in informal settlements to access better urban services, including water and sanitation and job opportunities.
The two organisations will also promote affordable housing for the urban poor, support communities’ recovery from Covid-19, and provide skills development.
Wanyama has been at the forefront in assisting needy youth through his Victor Wanyama Foundation.
In 2019, the foundation established its maiden scholarship fund to assist needy students with full scholarships for their secondary school education.
Currently, Wanyama is building an ultra-modern sports complex academy for both indoor and outdoor sporting arenas in Busia County.
The academy will recruit youth aged 11 and above from all over the country, and is intended to revolutionise sports training and education by providing key facilities and infrastructure.
The UN-Habitat has its headquarters at the United Nations office in Nairobi. It is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.