Kenyan International Johanna Omollo has said that he will invest the money received from FIFPRO Merit Award in a library.
Omollo says he plans to build the Library in Dandora slums where he hails from.
Speaking to Ghetto Radio Sports Omollo thanked the team running his foundation for their resilience.
“I thank my team for running the foundation voluntarily without a sponsor and from the Ksh2.5 million we would invest it in a library to empower the youth of Dandora,” he said.
After being fronted by the Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (KEFWA) to contest for the honorary award, the midfielder clinched the FIFPRO Merit Award that comes with a $25000 (USD) on Thursday 14 November, during the FIFPRO General Assembly held in Sydney Australia.
The Cercle Brugge midfielder who hails from Dandora slum has been instrumental in giving back to the community through the “Johanna Omollo Foundation Football for Good Program.
Johanna was born and raised in Dandora which has the biggest dumpsite in Africa.
Besides poverty, people in the area deal with air pollution, toxic waste and crime.
Omollo said that despite the challenges he takes pride in growing in Dandora saying that his life proves that positive things can happen to anyone if given an opportunity.
“People perceive Dandora as a bad place to grow but for me I grew up there and I know the potential of the people who grew in that harsh environment but they still made it in life,” he quipped.
The FIFPRO Award is a prize that since 2008 has been given to recognize professional footballers who do outstanding work in order to improve other people’s lives by dedicating their time and resources for the benefit of charity.
Johanna becomes the 12th player to receive the award and the 3rd in Africa since its inception.