MERU, KENYA - AUGUST 22, 2011: Kamau "Kelly" Ng'ang'a, 22, trains with handmade cement weights in the yard of his childhood home while niece Njeri, 4, and nephew Edwin, 8, practice somersaults. Ng'ang'a built his home training facility by hand in 2010, allowing him to continue training as a boxer while visiting family in Kenya's rural Eastern Province. "I'm young, but with boxing I'm going to succeed in life," Ng'ang'a said. "I need to struggle now when I'm strong so that later on, I'll have time to relax and have a family."
Within Kenya's progressive youth culture is the Kibera Olympic Boxing Club, a group of low-income adolescents from the slum whose leader uses boxing as a way to engage with idle youth. The group's ethnic diversity is remarkable given Kenya's 2008 post-election violence in which people from several tribes were forced violently out of slums. Together, these boxers represent a nascent trend of cross-tribe brotherhood in a healing nation.