Honorine is an 8 year old KPI participant and P3 student at Mwanabiri Primary School. She joined KPI in August of this year and immediately showed her leadership skills on her team and in the community. Honorine is the first to answer questions from the coaches, lend a helping hand to teammates and offer solutions to help her team solve challenges on and off the field. Honorine is truly an ambassador for KPI. During a closing circle in November, coaches asked players to name their contribution to KPI. Honorine said, “My contribution is to learn everything that I can about gender equity at KPI and to teach it to everyone I meet in the community.”
Like many KPI children, Honorine and her family face poverty at home, but Honorine’s case is extreme. Honorine’s mother, Lilione, has 5 children, all between the ages of 2 and 12. This year, Lilione’s husband abandoned the family. He moved to the capital in search of work, but married another woman and is no longer connected to Honorine or the rest of his children. This has left Lilione to be the sole provider for the family. They are currently living with family, but have been told that they will be kicked out and made homeless. In addition, the youngest child is suffering from malnutrition.