English, British and Irish Lions rugby lock Maro Itoje is in Kenya
The 27-year-old who plays for Gallagher Premiership club Saracens spent some time at the home of a child identified as Alice and her four sisters in Kibera.
According to the Atlas Foundation – a charity that harnesses the values and community of rugby with disadvantaged children – Alice and her siblings live in a deplorable state.
“Living in a small side lane, Alice’s house is perhaps the size of a small double bedroom. The interior is immaculately clean, a striking contrast at the open sewers that run outside. The small burner, used for their entire kitchen, gives off a strong, almost heady smell of propane,” read a statement in part.
Alice is one of over 250 children attending Kings Rugby Development Academy (KRDA) who are coached every Sunday by a roster of over 30 International Rugby Board (IRB) World Rugby certified coaches and facilitators.
“The program gives the children of Kibera some of the life skills that will lift them out of poverty. It also develops young rugby talents in Kenya. In addition to rugby skills and disciplines, we also provide spiritual nourishment and nutrition to all young boys and girls,” says KRDA.
The 27-year-old lock was a key presence in the England squad in their recent Test series against Australia but was ruled out of the decisive third Test against the Wallabies in Sydney due to a concussion.