Pep Guardiola confirms Manchester City legend's visit to Nairobi

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PREMIER LEAGUE Pep Guardiola confirms Manchester City legend's visit to Nairobi

Mark Kinyanjui 21:00 - 28.11.2023

A Manchester City legend will be visiting Nairobi after the capital won the reigning Champions League winners’ global charitable initiative.

A Manchester City legend will be visiting Nairobi after the city’s water project gathered the highest votes in the Xylem and Cityzens Giving - the club's global charitable initiative.

The initiative aimed at spotlighting five Water Heroes Academy football projects across the world, with Bangalore, Barranquilla, Nairobi, Tacloban City, and Washington DC the cities in final contention to win the privilege.

In addition, the winning project will receive additional training from Manchester City coaches in the Football and Water Education curriculum.  

City boss Pep Guardiola congratulated the young leaders, adding that he hoped they would enjoy a visit from one of the club’s legends.

“Congratulations Nairobi. We hope your special visit from one of our Man City legends.

“Thank you for voting for your water heroes. A big congrats for all young leaders."

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Speaking about Nairobi’s achievement, Laura Brooks, Regional Programme Manager for Tackle, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won this year’s Water Heroes Academy campaign – thanks to everyone who voted for Nairobi! 

“This means so much to the Young Leaders from Tackle and is a testament to the amazing work they are doing with Xylem to improve sanitation in Kibera and to end period inequality.” 

Through this project, young leaders in Nairobi are using the power of football to create awareness of water challenges within their communities and to educate girls on using clean water for sanitation and hygiene (WASH) during their period. 

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.” 

Our teams of young leaders across the five projects are using football in a range of creative ways to provide essential education on WASH and to tackle water challenges specific to their city. 

From improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in Bangalore and Tacloban City, to promoting responsible water conservation in Barranquilla, to tackling urban water pollution in Washington D.C., young leaders are stepping up to make a positive difference in their communities.  

Fiona Cole, Head Brand and Partnerships at Xylem, commented: “Congratulations to all our Young Leaders around the world for the fantastic impact they are having in their communities to tackle local water challenges, and highlight the remarkable impact that collective action can have on water sustainability.

“And additional congratulations to Nairobi! We’re excited to see how Nairobi’s project unfolds and continues to contribute to positive change.

“Thank you to everyone involved, including the Manchester City fans for their votes, for contributing and helping to foster momentum for water responsibility and community empowerment.”