Friday, January 6, 2017

University of Minnesota Students Visit Sadili's Girl Power Clubs Africa

Sadili’s Girl Power Clubs Africa was thrilled to start the New Year by hosting students of the University of Minnesota on 4th and 5th January 2017. The 10 students, accompanied by their professor, Daheia J. Barr-Anderson, visited the country with the aim of exploring how in the Kenyan culture physical activity is used as a gateway to many aspects of life and how it can empower youth, especially girls.

“Sport is a big culture in the United States, and we believe it is the same in Kenya too,” said Prof Daheia. “I hope that by the end of our visit, the students will have a better understanding of how Kenyan girls use sports for empowerment”.

The team visited Olympic High School’s Girl Power Club during the 2 days where they had open discussions with the girls. They talked about how sport has changed their lives, school, life in America and Kenya and their personal lives. The Olympic High School girls also talked about the role of Girl Power Clubs in their education and development. The students also did a bit of football exercise, danced and did yoga.

“Before the students came I coached them on what to expect since for most of them were visiting this part of the world for the first time. I am happy that they feel welcome, and that they have been really inspired by the stories they have got from the girls at Olympic High School.” 

At the end of their visit, the university students gave little care packages to each of the girls. Each package consisted of sanitary pads, tissues, toilet paper, soap, sweets and a journal. The professor hopes to be back to Sadili next year with a different group of students from the university. 

Girl Power Clubs Africa is a leadership program focused on providing girls with a chance to learn life skills and learn to make decisions that affect their lives and their communities positively.


Football excercise
Group discussion
A gift for everyone

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sadili 8-Series Challenge No. 8 Succesfully Held Despite Chilly Weather

On Saturday 26th November 2016, 50 young boys and girls braved the chilly Nairobi weather to participate in the Sadili 8-series challenge no. 8. The kids, mainly drawn from Sadili’s Court of Dreams programme, had a chance to test their tennis skills in a competitive environment after a month long tennis training by volunteer coach Vimal Kirthi and Sadili’s coaches. The tournament was held both at Sadili’s Kibera Tennis Court where the younger ones (Under 6s and Under 8s) played and at Sadili Oval where the older ones (Under10s and under 12s) played.

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
Padre Ouma Vs Marco Onyango 7/6

Winner: Padre Ouma

Blue Team
Eugene Michael vs Lawrence Opiyo 6/7
Eugene Michael vs Brighton Otieno7/2
Lawrence Opiyo vs Brighton Otieno7/5
Brighton Otieno vs Sammy Bahati7/4
Sammy Bahati vs Eugene Michael 7/3
Lawrence Opiyo vs Sammy Bahati 7/6

Winner: Lawrence Opiyo
Runner up: Sammy Bahati

U-6 Girls
Green Team
Khadija Mbone Vs Linet Akoth 7/5
Khadija Mbone vs Sheila Awuor 3/7
Khadija Mbone vs Yvonne Anyango 7/3
Linet Akoth vs Yvonne Anyango7/5
Linet Akoth vs Sheila Awuor 6/7
Sheila Awuor vs Yvonne Anyango 7/3

Winner: Sheila Awuor
Runner up: Linet  Akoth

Yellow Team
Brenda Atieno vs Michelle Adongo 7/5
Winner: Brenda Atieno

U-8 Boys
Red Team
Barack Ochieng vs Sammy Otieno 5/11
Barack Ochieng vs Fidel Ochieng 11/5
Barack Ochieng vs Steve Otieno 4/11
Sammy Otieno vs Fidel Ochieng 11/10
Sammy Otieno vs Steve Otieno 10/11
Fidel Ochieng vs Steve Otieno 4/11

Winner: Steve Otieno
Runner up: Sammy Otieno

Blue Team
Samuel Ofuyo vs Emmanuel Otieno 7/11
Rooney Otieno vs Samuel Ofuyo 11/5
Brian Odhiambo vs Samuel Ofuyo 8/11
Emmanuel Otieno vs Brian Odhiambo 11/10
Emmanuel Otieno vs Rooney Otieno 11/4
Rooney Otieno vs Brian Odhiambo 8/11

Winner: Emmanuel Otieno
Runner up: Brian Odhiambo

U-8 Girls
Red Team
Zeituni Leeney vs Condoleezza Atieno 11/8

Winner: Zeituni Leeney

Yellow Team
Stella Achieng vs Cynthia Atieno 8/11
Catherine Ambutu vs Stella Achieng 5/11
Stella Achieng vs Fatuma Katunge 11/9
Catherine Ambutu vs Cynthia Atieno 8/11
Catherine Ambutu vs Fatuma Katunge 3/11
Fatuma Katunge vs Cynthia Atieno 9/11

Winner: Cynthia Atieno
Runner up: Stella Achieng

Green Team
Miriam Mutheu vs Elizabeth Mwende 6/11
Miriam Mutheu vs Happy Atieno 11/5
Miriam Mutheu vs Pamphy Achieng 6/11
Elizabeth Mwende vs Pamphy Achieng 10/11
Elizabeth Mwende vs Happy Atieno 8/11
Happy Atieno vs Pamphy Achieng 8/11

Winner: Pamphy Achieng
Runner up: Elizabeth Mwende

U-10 Boys
Red Team
Michael Oduor vs Ismail Abdul 11/10
Michael Oduor vs Wycliffe Otieno 5/11
Michael Oduor vs Byron Otieno 11/10
Wycliffe Otieno vs Byron Otieno 11/6
Wycliffe Otieno vs Ismail Abdul11/10
Ismail Abdul vs Byron Otieno 11/10

Winner: Wycliffe Otieno
Runner up: Byron Otieno

Green Team
Givonce Tenny vs Clinton Oduor 6/11

Winner: Clinton Oduor
Runner up: Givonce Tenny

U-10 Girls
Red Team
Phelina Vaga vs Margaret Atieno 10/11
Margaret Atieno vs Angela Alwanga 2/11
Angela Alwanga vs Phelina Vaga 11/2

Winner: Angela Alwanga
Runner up: Margaret Atieno

U-12 Boys
Red Team
Patel Ambecha vs Austine Katiech 6/11
Austine Katiech vs Samuel Olando 11/4
Samuel Olando vs Patel Ambecha 8/11
Patel Ambecha vs Van Vicker Otieno 10/11
Samuel Olando vs Van Vicker Otieno 8/11
Austine Katiech vs Van Vicker Otieno 11/9

Winner: Austine Katiech
Runner up: Van Vicker Otieno

Green Team
Maxwell Ikolomani vs Henry Otieno 11/9
Maxwell Ikolomani vs Wycliffe Odhiambo 11/5
Maxwell Ikolomani vs Eddy Ochieng 4/11
Wycliffe Odhiambo vs Eddy Ochieng 2/11
Eddy Ochieng vs Henry Otieno 11/3
Wycliffe Odhiambo vs Henry Otieno 9/11

Winner: Eddy Ochieng
Runner up: Maxwell Ikolomani

U-12 Girls
Red Team
Scovia Nafula vs Fanice Asengo 7/11
Scovia Nafula vs Diana Atieno 11/7
Scovia Nafula vs Anne Katile 11/1
Diana Atieno vs Anne Katile 11/4
Anne Katile vs Fanice Asengo 4/11
Diana Atieno vs Fanice Asengo 6/11

Winner: Fanice Asengo
Runner up: Scovia Nafula

Green Team
Maryanne Anyango Vs Rosemeline Akinyi 10/11

Winner: Rosemeline Akinyi

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

The Sadili 8- Series is a tournament for U6, U8, U10 & U12 kids (all levels), with Tennis Africa Cup ranking. It is free and open to all children, and encourages beginner-intermediate juniors to play competitions It was initiated by Tennis professional, Dr. Liz Odera.

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Cup Effect Holds Two-Day Workshop on Menstrual Cups at Sadili Oval

Mandu Reid, founder of The Cup Effect
The Cup Effect workshop was held at Sadili Oval on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November 2016, an event that saw 21 ladies from various parts of the country gather at the sports academy.The ladies included twelve Girl Power Clubs Africa staff members from Nairobi, Busia and Siaya counties as well as nine staff from Nairobi’s Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP). Both Sadili through its Girl Power Clubs Africa Programme and VAP are in partnership with The Cup Effect in a project aimed at raising awareness about menstrual cups and making them available to women and girls in low-income areas.

Rachael Ouko, Programme Coordinator for Femme International Kenya
This highly experiential and educative workshop was facilitated by Mandu Reid, the founder of Cup Effect, and partly by Rachael Ouko, the programme coordinator for Femme International, Kenya. Mandu also brought with her cups that were distributed to all participants.

Topics such as the female anatomy and the menstrual cycle were discussed. Mandu clearly explained the history of the menstrual cup, its advantages and how it is used. She noted that cups have been in existence since 1935. They are safe, comfortable, reusable and each of them lasts for up to 10 years!  She added that they are made of safe medical-grade silicone (NOT rubber as is normally misconceived) and allergies are therefore rare. A cup can be used for up to 12 hours before it is emptied and reinserted during menstruation.

A few of the ladies who have been using the cup, including Mandu and Rachael who have been using the cup for eight and six years respectively had a lot of positive things to say about it.  “When my sister first introduced me to the cup, I thought she was crazy as it appeared too big,” said Mandu. “It took me two months to get used to it, and now I find it very comfortable and convenient”.

Rachael on the hand took four months to get used to it. “It wasn’t easy at first, but these days I insert it and forget that I have it inside my body. It is that comfortable,” she said. 

Mandu and Rachael both emphasized on the need for practicing patience by those who intend to use the cup. “Some people take just one month to get used to the cup, others take two, three or even eight months to get used to it. You therefore need to be very patient with yourself,” said Mandu.
Menstrual cups for everyone

It was remarkable to note the fact that the average woman will menstruate for 3000 days in her life, which equates to an incredible 8 years. She will use up to 12,000 pads, tampons or other disposable items resulting in significant amounts of waste.
Group photo after the workshop

The workshop was meant to prepare Sadili and Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) staff to go out and raise awareness about menstrual cups and distribute them to at least 500 girls and women in low-income areas.