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Play Like a Girl: How a Soccer School in Kenya's Slums Started a Revolution

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Growing up and living in Kibera, Kenya, Abdul Kassim was well aware of the disproportionate number of challenges faced by women due to the extreme gender inequalities that persist in the slums. After being raised by his aunts, mother, and grandmother and having a daughter himself, he felt that he needed to make a difference.

In 2002, Abdul started a soccer team for girls ca
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Published August 8th 2017 by Viva Editions
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Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Everyone who’s read my reviews for a few years knows I love me a good inspiring sports story.

This book was not exactly what the title or cover seem to promise. I thought the focus was going to be on empowering girls through athletic training and accomplishment. Instead, soccer makes a sort-of frame for the story, but is pretty peripheral.

That does not detract from the power of this book, at all.

The story begins with soccer, as Abdul Kassim starts a team for girls in Kibera, a slum on the outs
Heidi Barr
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must-read when it comes to educating girls - Roscher tells the story of KGSA with humility and grace, and you'll find yourself rooting for these girls more with the turn of every page.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book brought depth and insight to an area of Kenya that I had never considered. Basically, two guys started a free school. Seen through the lens of this free school, we consider how the community influences the impact of a school and vice versa - the school can only help the students within the school, but it also realised the necessity of helping students with issues like pads, pregnancies (sex becomes a transaction through which girls get money for food and pads) and parents (convincing p ...more
Jamie Bacigalupo
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
My favorite chapter in this book is entitled, “Thriving Girls Change the World.” There is a quote on the first page that summarized much of the book quite eloquently: “The conversations that took place at KGSA often centered on the importance of free education, of delaying pregnancy and early marriage, or eliminating child prostitution and eradicating poverty. But the school also carved out time and space for these girls to run and kick, to be in their bodies as powerful athletes, to be free” (1 ...more
Halima Abbas
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of hope to every youth in every slum in the world.It is a story about the hope the love the happiness that exist in slums despite all the hardships that we encounter in the slum.It's a story about trust that better days are coming, a story about pushing yourself to be better despite where you came from.It is a story of selflessness.If the world had more Abduls and his would be a better place.
It took me a while to finish the book as it became too emotional...knowing
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Such an incredible story! It was a real pleasure to read through this book and get the insider's look of what building change looks like. Too often stories of aid are written by outsiders and people receiving the help are not given the credit they deserve.

It was pretty heart breaking to hear about all of the organizations that tried to just airdrop help on them, or the crooked partners who took the money and ran. But most of the cast here are courageous and creative people who are learning to th
Anne Baldwin
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An compelling story of economic development as it really happens: "slowly by slowly". What started as an informal soccer team in the slum evolved into a free school that educates over 130 girls annually. It's an inspiring story that is still happening today - you can even be a part of if you follow the KGSA Foundation on social media.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Play like a girl – är en bok med äkthetskänsla. Den utspelalar sig i slumområdet Kibera i Nairobi, Kenya. Den beskriver ett fantastiskt uthålligt engagemang för den utsatta gruppen flickor. Genom att visa andra, och inte minst flickorna själva, att de kan spela fotboll sätts en enorm utveckling i rörelse. Detta är en sann historia beskriven i en läsvärd bok.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It's an insightful and inspiring look at making change in difficult situations. The ways this school is able to confront challenges and help these girls make a way in the slum is pretty incredible. The book is pretty densely packed.
Scarlet Bushman
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book follows the journey of a few good men who start a free school for girls in Kibera, Kenya. Soccer is more of a side story, the main story is about the girls and teachers and all the volunteers that are making a change in the slums of Kibera. A sad and inspiring read.
Kaila Tacazon
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s really inspiring!! I should read some of the articles the Journaling Club wrote. The writing was well composed but didnt have that great an effect! I love how the book is more about sports and schools; it’s about the livelihood of girls and women.
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the story of how one man's vision and determination brought to life a school for girls in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Soccer was the starting point, but education and better opportunities for girls was the goal. An amazing accomplishment!
Sharon Bettinger
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very inspiring story.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-non-fiction
Compelling story that unfortunately wasn’t written or edited well. I’d love to see someone else tell this story in a way that is accessible to kids, too.
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Ellie Roscher is the author of How Coffee Saved My Life, and Other Stories of Stumbling to Grace. She also edits the Keeping the Faith series: Keeping the Faith in Seminary, Keeping Faith in Rabbis and Keeping the Faith in Education. Ellie holds a master's degree in Theology/Urban Ministry from Luther Seminary and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.
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