In Summary
  • Pauline and her team had been shortlisted for the awards meant to recognize individuals who use football to solve water related problems
  • Man City’s global charitable initiative – spotlighted five Water Heroes Academy football projects across the world
  • The win includes  a visit from a club legend from the seven-time Premier League champions

Kenyan girls Mercy Mwache and Pauline Njau from Kibera slums have won a major prize from Premier League champions Manchester City .

This is after their project claimed the Water Heroes Academy award.

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The Kibera Project


Pauline and her team  were awarded for using football to tackle period inequality and improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in Kibera where access to clean, safe water is a major challenge.

Reflecting on the water challenges affecting Nairobi, young leader Pauline, said: “Water is at the root of everything. Every time a girl is experiencing her menses, she needs water to drink and to clean herself. Through the project, we have educated society on many ways of treating water – whether through re-use, for cleaning purposes or disposal.

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The  Kibera Winning Team

The Kibera project received  the most votes winning a special Manchester City visit to their project

Further to that the project will enjoy  a visit from a club legend from the seven-time Premier League champions and additional training from the Cityzens coaches in the Football and Water Education curriculum.

Their primary goal has been to end period poverty and health hazards caused by lack of access to water .

Water Heroes Academy

Launched in 2021, Water Heroes Academy is a joint initiative by Manchester City’s global community programme, Cityzens Giving, and Global Water Technology Partner, Xylem, empowering young leaders to tackle water challenges in their communities using the power of football.




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