Shamas was started in 2010 as a small rugby charity for the children from the Kibera slum in Nairobi. Over the last nine years, Shamas has developed into an organization that reaches over 2’000 boys and girls (aged 6-21) in six clinics in Nairobi and Kiambu (Kibera, Mathare, Kangemi, Eastlands, Ruiru area). Shamas uses rugby to develop children and youth both on and off the rugby pitch.
Today, our greatest achievement has been the ability to become a stable organization with the reputation of building well-rounded people who have a plan for their future.

Who we are

Shamas Rugby is a sport for a development organization that uses rugby to promote the holistic development of underprivileged children and youth. In doing so, Shamas Rugby supports the attainment of child rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Mission

To use rugby to promote life skills, education, and employability. In doing so, to build community engagement among boys and girls living in urban slums and rural areas, in Kenya and beyond.

Our Vision

An Africa where boys and girls fulfill their potential and become change agents in their communities

Our Values

RESILIENCE – We never give up.
INTEGRITY – We are honest. We don’t cheat.
TEAMWORK – We achieve more because we work together.
HUMILITY – We never forget where we come from.
INCLUSIVENESS – Everyone is welcome

Learn about Shamas story on CNN