Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kids Show of Skills at Sadili 8-Series Challenge 6

Sadili Oval on Saturday 2nd September 2017 hosted the Sadili 8-Series Challenge 6, a free-entry event that has become a cherished monthly staple for many kids under age 12 in Kibera, as well as Kijiji- a small informal settlement in Lang’ata. The 40 kids were excited to play at Sadili and the tournament went on as planned.

On arrival at Sadili, the kids were first divided according to their ages and the matches swiftly followed. The kids, many of them new tennis learners, kept everyone entertained as they relentlessly tried their best to show their skills in the game.

The tournament organizers, Sadili staff, were satisfied with the games played even though many children didn’t show up for the event. To them, it was fulfilling that the children that participated had a platform to show their talents as they enjoyed themselves.

The Sadili 8- Series Junior Tennis Challenge is a tournament for U6, U8, U10 & U12 kids (all levels), with Tennis Africa Cup ranking. It is great for kids who want to test their games, get out on the court and make new friends along the way. It was initiated by Tennis professional, Dr. Liz Odera.

Run under a Sadili/International Inspiration partnership, this tournament was sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods, Sadili Oval and Comic Relief among others.

U-6 Boys
Red Team
Aaron Manyonka vs Alfred Otieno 3/7
Stanley Muli vs Aaron Manyonka 1/7
Aaron Manyonka vs Joseph Odhiambo 7/5
Stanley Muli vs Joseph Odhiambo 7/5
Alfred Otieno vs Joseph Odhiambo 7/5
Stanley Muli vs Alfred Otieno 7/2
Joseph Odhiambo vs Moses Ekisa 4/7
Stanley Muli vs Moses Ekisa 7/4
Moses Ekisa vs Aaron Manyonka 2/7
Alfred Otieno vs Moses Ekisa 5/7

Winner: Aaron Manyonka
Runner up: Stanley Muli

U-6 Girls
Red Team
Eunice Ekiru Vs Shantel Adatia 7/4

Winner: Eunice Ekiru
Runner up: Shantel Adatia

U-8 Boys
Red Team
Richard Isaiah vs Tofique Ibrahim 5/7
Richard Isaiah vs Jesse Owino 6/7
Richard Isaiah vs Mike Owino 4/7
Tofique Ibrahim vs Jesse Owino 7/3
Tofique Ibrahim vs Mike Owino 5/7
Jesse Owino vs Mike Owino 7/6

Winner: Mike Owino
Runner up: Tofique Ibrahim

U-8 Girls
Red Team
Everline Akinyi vs Abigail Asiro 5/7
Irene Natalia vs Everline Akinyi 7/5
Everline Akinyi vs Yvonne Nadia 7/4
Irene Natalia vs Abigail Asiro 7/3
Irene Natalia vs Yvonne Nadia 7/4
Yvonne Nadia vs Abigail Asiro 7/6
Winner: Irene Natalia
Runner up: Everline Akinyi

U-10 Boys
Red Team
Victor Omondi vs Samuel Oduor 4/7
Victor Omondi  vs Franklin Matata 7/6
Victor Omondi  vs Bravin Oduor 7/2
Franklin Matata vs Bravin Oduor 7/6
Franklin Matata vs Samuel Oduor 4/7
Samuel Oduor vs Bravin Oduor 7/4

Winner: Samuel Oduor
Runner up: Victor Matata

U-10 Girls
Red Team

Angela Alwanga vs Rose Daniella 7/3

Winner: Angela Alwanga
Runner up: Rose Daniella

U-12 Boys
Red Team
Joshua Abiutu vs Cecil Omondi 2/0
Cecil Omondi vs Brian Kangethe 2/0
Brian Kangethe vs Joshua Abiutu 1/2
Joshua Abiutu  vs Abdi Rashid 2/0
Brian Kangethe vs Abdi Rashid 0/2
Cecil Omondi vs Abdi Rashid 2/1

Winner: Joshua Abiutu
Runner-Up: Cecil Omondi

Green Team
Collins Mwirigi vs Ali Matano 2/0
Collins Mwirigi vs Simon Kabiru 2/0
Collins Mwirigi vs Kennedy Kanywira 2/0
Kennedy Kanywira vs 
Ali Matano 1/2
Simon Kabiru vs Ali Matano 1/2

Winner: Collins Mwirigi
Runner up: Ali Matano

Blue Team
Tom Agumba vs John Omondi 2/1

Winner: Tom Agumba
Runner up: John Omondi

U-12 Girls
Red Team
Scovia Nafula vs Sarah Nyanchama 2/0
Scovia Nafula vs Gloria Kakai 2/0
Scovia Nafula vs Anne Katile 2/0
Gloria Kakai vs Anne Katile1/2
Anne Katile vs Sarah Nyanchama 2/0
Gloria Kakai vs Sarah Nyanchama 1/2

Winner: Scovia Nafula
Runner up: Scovia Nafula

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all of our sponsors!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Empower My Life Training Camp Comes to Productive Conclusion

Empower My Life training camp was held at Sadili Oval over a ten day period (16th to 26th August 2017). The camp, the second one since April 2017, was organized by Sadili Oval Sports Academy in partnership with Swiss Academy for Development (SAD). A total of 196 children, whose ages ranged from 4 to 15, participated in the camp. Most of the kids came from two of Nairobi’s informal settlements: Kijiji and Kibera, which are only a few kilometers apart. 

Each day of the camp, the kids met at Sadili at 9:00 am and had one-hour warm-up sessions with guidance from Sadili coaches. The warm-up sessions were swiftly followed by new games, each coming with lessons. The kids were divided into 4 groups, according to their ages, and each group had at least two coaches playing with them and facilitating discussions. Judging from their enthusiasm, it was quite evident that the kids enjoyed learning the games. After each game, the kids sat down with their coaches to discuss what lessons they could draw from them. Some of the topics covered during discussions included HIV prevention/ transmission, gender equality, sexual violence, hygiene and civil courage (bystander intervention), as well as important life skills such as teamwork, hard work and confidence among others. During each day of the camp, meals including tea break, lunch and afternoon snacks were provided to the kids.

The camp concluded on Saturday, 26th August with a basketball tournament and other fun games including potato race, sack race, tug-of-war, 3-legged race, centipede, relay race, bean bag toss, capture the flag and Guard yourself.

 "It has been a great experience, and I enjoyed learning the new games we were taught every day," remarked Steve Austine, a std.7 pupil at Kibera Primary School. "I have learnt so much about gender stereotype and sexual violence, and I can't wait to share the experience when I go back to school."

We are grateful to the parents who entrusted us with their kids during this enjoyable and highly informative camp, and we are especially happy that the children had fun and at the same time learnt a lot of vital lessons.

Empower My Life is a sport and play-based, innovative and holistic 16-months prevention program aimed at contributing to the fight against sexual violence in Kenyan schools. It promotes the right for education and health for girls and boys from underprivileged families in Nairobi.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Internship at Sadili Yields Great Professional Experience: Intern Success Story 4

Meet Jemimma Manga. A young, energetic student who has a passion for sports. She recently completed her internship and had a lot of positive things to share. Read her story:

"My name is Manga Jemimmah Mawondo, an Akili Dada Gap year student who is passionate about sport. I recently completed my internship at Sadili Oval Sports Academy, an organization I joined having learnt that it uses sport and education to empower and improve learning. The idea of working at Sadili resonated with my dream of having a magnificent sports club in Maasai land in order to utilize their talents and use sport as an influential medium to stop the bad cultures they have. My aim is making them discover their full potential for them to end up being great and at par with the world standards in everything. I also love working with children and so I felt this was the best place for me.

Being an Akili Dada gap year student, I got trainings on work readiness, computer studies and photography - skills that were very useful to me as they made my work easier at the internship place in Sadili. During my internship, I participated in Court of Dreams (WASH) and Girl Power Clubs Africa programs. Girl Power Clubs Africa is a mentorship program meant for girls at Kibera in five partnering schools. I got to discuss with the girls many issues that they have to deal with as they grow up, including early pregnancies and abortion; menstrual hygiene; early marriage; body image; leadership among other topics. This program was fulfilling for me because I felt I gave myself up to bring out strong, self aware, high esteemed, great and empowered young ladies who indeed reflect a  better image of me while I was at their level.
Visiting schools under the Court of Dreams program such as Mary Rice which is a school meant for kids with special needs changed my perspective of life. The smiles in the kids’ faces, their warm welcome and their ‘thank yous’ at the end of every session made me realize that love makes life beautiful. One thing I loved about the school was the way the people around the kids treated them with love and dignity. They also constantly reminded them that they are great and encouraged them to face their fears. This made the kids realize that despite their conditions they have great capabilities in them.
I must agree that being at Sadili was a life changing journey and a learning platform for me. My role as a social educator and a coach helped me to gain skills such as patience, persistence, good communication skills, class management and all these made me stronger than ever before. Thank you Sadili for giving me this opportunity to maximize my strengths and share my knowledge which served to bring a change in the society."
Congratulations to Jemimmah for a job well done. We wish her all the best.

Internship at Sadili Yields Great Professional Experience: Intern Success Stories 3

Philipa Mtamira and Brighton Savayi were two of five interns who successfully completed a 3-month internship at Sadili on 28th July 2017. Here is what they had to say about their experience: 

Philipa Mtamira
"My name is Philipa Mtamira, a 3rd year Zambian student at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies. I joined Sadili in May 2017 as an intern Social Educator, a position I held for three months. I was actively involved in two of Sadili’s programmes: the Court of Dreams (WASH) and Girl Power Clubs Africa programme.

My work involved a lot of field work because these programs target Kibera informal settlement. One of the most important lessons I learnt was how sport can be integrated with life skills training especially in the Court of Dreams (WASH) program. As a matter of fact, sport plays an integral role towards societal transformation and improvement in the sense that children are not only given the chance to play but also an opportunity to learn life skills in a fun environment. I learnt to use sports like tennis and other games to get to help children to understand themselves more and be able to build their self-esteem. 

Girl Power Clubs Africa sessions gave a platform for me to share with young girls my personal experiences growing into the young woman I have become. It was also an opportunity for me to learn from them as we always discussed the many issues girls face as they grow up.

My biggest challenge was walking under the scorching sun almost every day for fieldwork. However, I kept reminding myself that a Social worker is never afraid of embracing work in the field. In addition I was encouraged by the fact that through Sadili, I had become an agent of positive change in Kibera. The joy of seeing children happily playing during our sessions with them also kept me going. In a nutshell, sports for development especially in a case where children are the target members is a great initiative; an initiative that expands their possibilities and horizons in life.

My being at Sadili Oval was a real learning experience of new discoveries, adventures and putting into practice the theories learnt in school. I am thankful that I got that wonderful opportunity, and I am looking forward to putting into practice the lessons I learnt."


Brighton Savayi
"I am Brighton Savayi, a third year student at St. Elizabeth University of Social Work and Health Sciences, in collaboration with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, pursuing a Bachelors degree in Social Work. It is a requirement by the institution and the ministry of education that for one to graduate, they ought to have gone through field practice. That is why I had to seek for a chance to join Sadili Oval Sports Academy.  I joined the organization on 8th May, 2017 as an intern, social educator. 

The first time I heard of Sadili Oval Sports Academy, I could not figure out how a sports academy could be helpful to a deserving community like Kibera. What motivated me were the programs the organization is offering to the community, including the WASH program (court of dreams), Ushindi Boys Club program, Empower my Life program and Girl Power Clubs Africa program. I joined Sadili oval sports Academy on the 8th May, 2017 as an intern. 

I had set down my objectives that I intended to achieve by the end of my internship at Sadili. Some of them include the quest for experience; desire to apply class work knowledge, and testing the applicability of theories to real life. For real, I had set my mind with very high expectations.

My stay at Sadili at first was hectic, considering the fact that I had never encountered people from Kibera informal settlement one on one. I had challenges walking in the hilly terrains of Kibera while going for sessions in schools, and on dry days, I endured the dust. I also had a challenge working with children as some could be stubborn sometimes. I now acknowledge the fact that all these challenges were there to strengthen us. 

My most memorable experience of all, however, was working with special needs children of Mary Rice School. Working with them was such a good experience, and with the help of their teachers, I got to understand that they just need a little more attention than the average child to win them.

As I continued having sessions with children, I got so used to them that even now, a day away from them really gives me a hard time because I miss them.  The challenges of dust, terrain, I just got used to, and had to convince myself that it is natural, and that the organization can’t be in control.

Some of the activities I was involved in while at Sadili included: Conducting life skills sessions for both Court of Dreams (WASH) project and Ushindi Boys Clubs programme; data entry, collecting data for Monitoring & Evaluation, planning and implementation of tournaments and very many other activities. I also got to actively participate in the celebration of the Day of the African Child in June 2017. It is through these fulfilling activities that I felt all my objectives had been achieved.

I applied widely class work into my field practice; I experienced and understood what it means to work with the community and I had a better understanding of what the community in Kibera needs, one of them being economic empowerment of the youth.

To any student who would like to gain real world experience and is ready and willing to work with the community, I highly recommend Sadili Oval Sports Academy. It is not an easy call, but what you do, how you do it and your attitude towards work will determine whether or not you succeed.

To the organization, thank you and congratulations for all you do. You have the community at heart and you are doing all you can to give the best. Keep the fire burning!"

Internships at Sadili provide exciting opportunities for students to gain on-the-job experience in many different aspects.We invite you to become part of our success story.