projectStichting KLABU


Stichting KLABU

Over 80 million people across the world are currently fleeing from war and persecution, in search of safety and a better future. Several organizations provide refugee communities with basic necessities such as shelter, water and food. However, all of us, irrespective of our circumstances, have hopes and dreams beyond just survival.

This is where KLABU sees an opportunity to add value to a refugee's life; re-igniting the spirit through the power of sports by building clubhouses and creating unique sports kits for the world to wear.


KLABU means 'club' in Swahili. The first KLABU clubhouse was built in 2019 in the Kalobeyei Settlement, Kenya and currently powers access to sports to more than 10,000 young athletes. This camp is home to 36,000 refugees from 13 different African countries. At the KLABU clubhouse people come together to meet, play, develop and grow. No matter who you are or where you are from, everybody is welcome at KLABU.


KLABU brings their clubhouses to life through creation of their unique team kits. These can be bought online and in their new Amsterdam store at Haarlemmerdijk 106. Here you can see, feel and experience some of the impactful work they have already achieved and take a look at projects that are on the horizon. What makes KLABU's store so special? The team comes from a diverse range of backgrounds including former refugees and therefore fully embody the brand.


KLABU's goal is to unlock the power of sports for 500,000 refugees over the next decade, so how you can support them? Join the club!

By wearing KLABU you support the unbeatable spirit of refugees, empowering children and young people living in camps to play sports, develop and grow. Learn more at


Jan van Hövell

Founder Jan van Hövell used to work as a commercial lawyer for a major Dutch law firm, drawing up contracts for mergers and acquisitions. In 2017, he quit his job to follow his calling. Nowadays, he works on the weekends as DJ Verboden Vruchten and is more than full-time engaged as a social entrepreneur at KLABU.
As the son of parents who both work in the refugee world and as a former intern at the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, Jan discovered the magic of making a connection that cuts through the apparent differences between people at an early age. "As a child I didn't know what refugees were, but we just started playing football together”.

Jan set up KLABU in order to offer young refugees a chance to rebuild their lives. "Playing sports has an enormous healing effect, but most of all it instantly connects people without making a difference who is who. I strongly feel that KLABU can make a huge difference in the lives of many refugees who live in the toughest conditions", according to Jan.

It should be clear: Join the KLABU!