Friday, November 16, 2018

Warm up activities from the coach.

Tennis is the sport that the children learn at Sadili Oval Sports Academy taught by ‘coach’ Asha Adongo as the children call her. She not only teaches tennis but also incorporates life skill sessions in her tennis sessions which helps in educating the kids on personal health there by having a better future.
Despite the far areas which the children stay they are disciplined as the arrive on time and they always follow instructions given to them by the coach they  make sure that they do not miss training as they all know consistency is the key to success. The coach is impressed with their performance as they are gradually improving. Through the generous donation of rackets and tennis balls from well-wishers and friends of Sadili, most children are able to have rackets and balls for practise.
Faith Akinyi a pupil from St Catherine is among the best tennis players at the moment she even helps in teaching the young ones when the coach is busy. “I would like to be a worldwide  known tennis player as tennis has been my passion since  I was 10years old and am grateful to Sadili for giving me an opportunity to sharpen my skill” she said. On Saturdays after tennis the kids get porridge and later have a one on one chat with the coach to tell her the challenges which they face in tennis and how they can do better which is a session that helps the coach know more about the kids.
Faith Akinyi from St Catherine with her racket and tennis ball.

Tennis tournaments are what the coach is aiming at once the children have perfected their skills in tennis and she is super excited on the progress of children at the moment compared to when they started, their consistency, urge to learn and discipline are what motivates her the most .Lets build our future through our children by nurturing their talents at a young age.
Rolling the ball down the court.
Children  learning how to bounce  the ball using the racket.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Despite the bad weather throughout the week it just decided to be favourable during this particular day the 13th of March. Pupils turned up in large numbers for the long awaited day different schools which participate In the squad were well represented, the boys and girls summing up to 57, In attendance were pupils from Nazarene, Cana Junior, St Catherine and Kid star Academy aged 6 to 12 years.

The boys and girls started up with registration and warm up which was done by the coaches then assumed the day’s activity that was playing tennis. The matches were well carried out with the children taking lead in being referees and guiding the others in counting scores and watching out for the mistakes made during the matches.

The girls played against fellow girls from different schools and Salipto Achieng who is 9years old from Kid star Academy exhibited exemplary results as she led in the girls team and for the boys Aldon Juma who is 10 years from St Catherine shone as the Golden boy from the matches played with good skills in ‘forehand and backhand’. I am glad that the lessons I have been teaching the kids were not in vain as they are putting them into practise I will put more effort in training them so that they can participate in tournaments with other kids where they can win and be given uniforms as that’s one of the resource the team lacks said Asha Adongo one of the coaches. The winners were as follows:

Nicholas Omondi during the match
Under 10 boys.

Red.                                              Yellow.
John Kidziri. Winner.                  Rooney omondi-Winner
Bonface Odemo Runners up.        Vincent Okemwa Runners up
Blue.                                             Green.
Brighton Omondi Winner           Aldon Juma Winner.

Charlie Omondi Runners up        Brandley Omondi-Runners up

Under 12 boys.

Red                                               Yellow.

Dickens Okello. Winner                           Clinton Onyango.Winner

Moses Mwakio Runners up.                      Rooney Omondi.Runners up

Blue.                                              Green.

John Wafula Winner                                 Nicholas Omondi.Winner. 

Bonface Odembo Runners up                   Jeremiah Onyango.Runners up

Girls under 10

Red.                                               Yellow.

Salimpto Achieng Winner                      Mary Inviolata Winner

Idah Achieng. Runers up                           Mishel Atieno.Runners up

Blue.                                              Green.

Cheryl Chivaluma. Winner                       Marion Adhiambo Winner

Claudia Cheryl. Runners up                       Yvonne Atieno.Runners up

Under 12 girls.

Faith Akinyi Winner

Elizabeth Onganga Runners up.
kids greeting each other before the match.

The coaches were impressed as this was a new group of the squad and they were really quick learners, had the zeal to learn the game, had teamwork and they positively accepted corrections when they went wrong. The children finished by having a meal and later departed to their specific schools with a promise to do better.

Coach Wycliffe confirming Scores from the referees.

Boys enjoying lunch.

Monday, March 26, 2018


Here the saying goes that the early bird catches the worm and the for the Sharks, it was an early start of victory that made them carry the day being the best out of the three teams that participated in the Rugby match last Saturday at Sadili Oval Sports Academy.

The day was indeed a unique one as the boys turned in good numbers to grace the occasion, the Ushindi Sports day. The day was unique in so many ways: this was the first sports day of the year 2018 and also the very first one for our new entrant Kidstar Academy. We also decided to kill the monotony of having male facilitators and decided to have the boys listen to their elder sisters too. Victoria who is Sadili’s Volunteer from Sweden did not mind starting off the day with Brief talk on leadership. Recounting her words, Victoria did not mince with words but set the record straight by giving the boys a true image of leadership. Her talk was very reflective as she emphasized that a leader must walk side by side with the people, feel with the people and be with the people. She gave very practical examples of leadership at the grass root levels beginning from the family and the school in which the boys belong climbing the ladder slowly to the national level. She challenged the boys to begin living leadership roles in the little responsibilities they have been given both at school and at home. Elizabeth, one of Sadili’s Social educators took chance to share about talent driven leadership that culminated in the boys showcasing their giftedness through a rap presentation.
The Ushindi boys during the football match.

We wrapped the talk by briefly looking at the qualities of good leadership and immediately set foot on the playground for another exciting moment, the moment of sports. Rugby was the first game to be played with Coach Amos explaining the rules of the game and triggering the boys’ zeal for participation. The first game occurred between the Sharks and the Rhino with Sharks taking the lead and bracing for Cheetah’s who before the game appeared “tough” and well psyched up. The shark’s maintaining their momentum braced hard and took the win.

Football was equally competitive and while the Cheetah’s took the lead the Sharks followed so closely making them best performers of the day. The day was so colorful and after the meals one could not fail to see joy beaming in the faces of all the 58 children who turned up. As the children left Sadili grounds accompanied by some Sadili’s staff, they could hesitate to ask when the next Sports day will be held. Many thanks for our boys from St. Catherine, Nazarene and Kidstar Academy for showing up and making the day a success! Nothing else could best describe the day other than fun!
Posing for a photo after the days activities.



The day was unusually bright for the better part of the morning. The Heavens must have known that the boys would come for the sports event and unlike the other days in the week, the showers had been put on hold. The boys were prompt and by 8.30am some of them were already within Sadili Oval compound looking excited and with radiant faces eager to participate. Kidstar and St Catherine did not lose the mark of being punctual for indeed effective time management is one of the skills we try to impart on them so that they are adults they do not get into the easy temptation of using common slogan of “African time”. Nazarene on the other hand could not miss out on the event. Despite tuition classes they came in their large numbers to have a feel of the day for themselves for indeed it was Ushindi Sports day.
After the warm up by Coach Wycliffe, the boys were now ready for the event. In their respective groups they psyched up for the sports with the student captains taking up their various roles by playing the referee and others keenly writing down the scores. Capture the flag which is played typically like rugby was the game to be played and after the three teams battling it out the Rhino’s were able to take the lead. Football was then played and here there seemed to be much enthusiasm as the competition became very stiff. Fair play as one of the skills was again put to realistic test as the struggle to win had preoccupied most of the participants. Playing was more captivating and this time round the Leopards showed their brevity by taking the lead. The sporting activities culminated in fun games where the boys took turns to run with their legs tied up together and later on they were to run through some tyres that had been placed in strategic positions.

Peer pressure was the next item on the program. The boys gathered together on the grass and our Social educators were able to explore with them the different areas in peer pressure.  As part of their learning was the discovery that there can be positive peer pressure. To crown the day the boys were served with a meal in which each person ate to their fill and departed back home with select social educators seeing them off through the busy highway. The day was a great success and we are certain the experience the boys received will go a long way in building their personality.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sadili Oval Sports Academy Celebrates 2017 Global Handwashing Day

On 13th October 2017, hundreds of pupils from 9 Primary schools in Kibera and their teachers gathered at Magoso Primary in Kibera for an early celebration of this year’s edition of Global Handwashing Day. This event was made possible through partnership between various organizations and institutions in Nairobi including Sadili Oval Sports Academy, Savo Foundation and the Ministry of Health among others. The Ministry of Health was represented by Public Health Officers from Nairobi’s Kibera and Lang’ata areas. This year’s Global Handwashing Day theme was ‘Our Hands, Our Future’,  reminding us that handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world.

The event commenced with an introduction of this year’s theme and a brief explanation on what it means to everyone- both children and adults. This was followed by a short question and answer session where the pupils were given an opportunity to show how much they know about hand hygiene. For each correct answer, a piece of soap was given to a child.

One of the messages stressed during the event was the 5 critical times of handwashing: after visiting the toilet, before eating, after changing the baby’s nappy, before cooking and before feeding the baby.
The pupils were all surprised that a simple act of handwashing during these critical times could save them from catching so many diseases. The discussions were then followed by a handwashing demonstration where the children were taken through all the steps involved in proper handwashing.

Finally, bar soaps and leaky tins were donated to all the schools that attended the event. The leaky tins were donated courtesy of Sadili Oval Sports Academy.

Prior to this day, Sadili Oval Sports Academy through its Court of Dreams (WASH) project had been conducting weekly hand washing campaigns in 4 of the schools participating in the project in Kibera. A similar campaign was done during a tennis tournament held at Sadili Oval grounds on 7th October 2017 ( ). All these were done as build-up activities for the Global Handwashing Day, officially marked by the whole world on 15th October.

Court of Dreams uses tennis to promote good health among children under the age of 10. One of its major focus areas is promotion of good hand hygiene practices- an idea that is globally accepted considered as the easiest and cheapest way of preventing many illnesses. 

Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Internship Success Story 5: Trizah Mboya's Story

We are always proud of interns and volunteers who commit to their work and end up having fulfilling and worthwhile experiences. Meet Trizah Mboya, a 2nd Year student at South Eastern Kenya University who recently completed her internship at Sadili and is now back to School. A beneficiary of Girl Power Clubs Africa program, Trizah has a lot of positive things to say about her experience. Here is her story:

“My name is Trizah Mboya, a former intern at Sadili Oval Sports Academy. I came to know about Sadili through their program Girl Power Clubs Africa back when I was still in class 7 at St. Michael’s Holy Unity Academy. Throughout the program I learnt a lot during the sessions that they had in the school. I have been able to learn a lot more during my internship at Sadili which has also widened my thinking and attitude on lots of things.

Throughout my stay in Sadili under the Court of Dreams program, I loved my experience with Mary Rice School- a school for special needs children. Despite their conditions, these children were so full of life. Their smiles, their happiness and positive attitude towards life were a big lesson to me. They taught me that despite any situation we maybe in life, we should always appreciate and love life. The court of dreams program has also been helpful as I engaged in data entry and also data collection which was really a fun thing to do and teaching of the daily lives. I have also been able to learn tennis as a sport which was one of the things I least expected to develop an interest in, but I have found it as a great and now as one of my favorite games. I have experienced a lot through the programs they have been conducting. The most exciting and important part is the relation with the people in the community. Although it was a challenge at first, I found it more exciting since it also gave me the tips of handling different people, accepting and appreciating the people living around us. This has made me strong and I have learnt to persevere more and also be ready to work in any environment.

Under Girl Power program I also had the chance to talk to girls like me and share different experiences of our daily lives. Women empower each other. I learnt a lot from the girls as we would talk openly of every situation we’ve faced as girls. I also admit that I learnt from the girls from their questions and answers. The different topics we’ve been sharing together like Leadership, Menstruation, Discipline and among others showed impact afterwards from the girls. I loved their company and how they will bring up one another to fight challenges.

Sadili has raised a platform in my life as I went through new discoveries, meeting new people and engaging with the community. I thank Sadili for inviting me in their programmes to work with them and gain good experiences from the programs. I am looking forward to practice everything taught here in Sadili in my daily life especially working with children.”

We value our interns and volunteers, and they return the favor with their hard work, talent and dedication.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Hand Washing Campaign Embraced at Sadili 8-Series Challenge 7

It was yet another fantastic tournament at Sadili Oval as we hosted the 8-Series Challenge 7 on Saturday, 7th October 2017. 59 kids drawn mainly from the Court of Dreams program and living in Kibera and Lang’ata’s Kijiji area gathered to showcase their skills at the half-day tournament. 

The event kicked off at 9:00am and Sadili staff, who were also the organizers took charge as the referees. The young kids kept everyone entertained as they all clearly struggled to win.

This particular tournament was out of the ordinary as Sadili staff set aside some time after playing to create awareness on proper hand washing habits. All the kids sat down with their coaches for a short but highly informative life skills session that touched on the importance of washing hands and the steps involved in hand washing. This was done in the spirit of the Global Hand Washing Day that is scheduled for October 15th. “Many kids in the Court of Dreams program already know how to wash their hands, but there are still a good number that do not. Besides, we have to keep reminding even the ones who know,” remarked Joy Akim, the staff who took lead in facilitating the session.

The Court of Dreams uses tennis to promote good health among children under the age of 10. One of its major focus areas is promotion of good hand hygiene practices- an idea that is globally accepted considered as the easiest and cheapest way of preventing many illnesses. 

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. 

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
Alfred Otieno vs Patrick Ogwato 7/4

Winner: Alfred Otieno
Runner up: Patrick Ogwato

U-6 Girls
Red Team
Janice Adatia vs Gladys Kayumbi 7/5
Janice Adatia vs  Beryl Ombulu 7/6
Janice Adatia vs  Rihanna Naliaka 7/3
Beryl Ombulu vs Gladys Kayumbi 3/7
Beryl Ombulu vs Rihanna Naliaka 7/2
Gladys Kayumbi vs Rihanna Naliaka 7/4

Winner: Janice Adatia
Runner up: Gladys Kayumbi

U-8 Boys
Blue Team
Linton Ochieng vs David Shaka 4/7
Linton Ochieng vs Stanley Muli 7/6
David Shaka vs Stanley Muli 5/7

Winner: Stanley Muli
Runner up: David Shaka

U-8 Girls
Red Team
Yvonne Atieno vs Celine Khavere 6/7
Yvonne Atieno vs Sallaypto Amhuma 3/7
Yvonne Atieno vs Ashley Atieno 7/1
Celine Khavere vs Sallaypto Amhuma 3/7
Celine Khavere vs Ashley Atieno 7/6
Ashley Atieno Vs Sallaypto Amhuma 2/7
Winner: Sallaypto Amhuma
Runner up: Celine Khavere

Green Team
Michelle Akinyi vs Abigail Asira 6/7
Michelle Akinyi vs Irene Natalia 4/7
Michelle Akinyi vs Melvin Munyasa 5/7
Abigail Asira vs Irene Natalia 5/7
Abigail Asira vs Melvin Munyasa 7/5
Melvin Munyasa Irene Natalia 7/5
Winner: Abigail Asira
Runner up: Irene Natalia/ Melvin Munyasa

U-10 Boys
Red Team
John Kidziri vs Lennox Odhiambo 11/6
John Kidziri vs Victor Omondi 6/11
Lennox Odhiambo vs Victor Omondi 7/11

Winner: Victor Omondi
Runner up: John Kidziri

Green Team
Stephen Gichora vs Calvin Odino 11/0, 11/3
Stephen Gichora vs Brian Otieno 11/10, 11/8
Stephen Gichora vs Fred Omondi 11/5, 2/11
Brian Otieno vs Fred Omondi 11/5, 11/6
Brian Otieno vs Calvin Odino 11/4, 11/2
Calvin Odino vs Fred Omondi 6/11, 2/11

Winner: Brian Otieno
Runner up: Stephen Gichora

Blue Team
Nelson Gichora vs Junior Ochieng 11/6
Nelson Gichora vs David Odhiambo 6/11
Junior Ochieng vs David Odhiambo 7/11

Winner: Nelson Gichora
Runner up: Junior Ochieng

U-10 Girls
Red Team
Shirleen Anyango vs Marion Adhiambo 5/11, 6/11
Shirleen Anyango vs Esther Adhiambo 7/11, 4/11
Shirleen Anyango vs Maureen Achieng 9/11, 6/11
Esther Adhiambo vs Maureen Achieng 11/6, 11/6
Esther Adhiambo vs Marion Adhiambo 11/4, 8/11
Maureen Achieng vs Marion Adhiambo 11/8, 6/11

Winner: Esther Adhiambo
Runner up: Marion Adhiambo

Green Team
Blessing Rose vs Ida Adhiambo 11/4, 5/11
Blessing Rose vs Maureen Achieng 8/11, 7/11
Ida Adhiambo vs Maureen Achieng 11/2, 10/11

Winner: Ida Adhiambo
Runner up: Maureen Achieng

U-12 Boys
Red Team
Ali Matano vs Joseph Kaboi 1/2
Cecil Omondi vs Ali Matano 0/2
Ali Matano vs Alex Kandie 0/2
Cecil Omondi vs Alex Kandie 0/2
Alex Kandie vs Joseph Kaboi 0/2
Cecil Omondi vs Joseph Kaboi 0/2

Winner: Joseph Kaboi
Runner up: Alex Kandie

Green Team
Tom Agumba vs Kevin Mutia 2/0
Tom Agumba vs Brian Ochieng 0/2
Tom Agumba vs Austin Omondi 1/2
Brian Ochieng vs Austin Omondi 2/1
Austin Omondi vs Kevin Mutia 2/0
Brian Ochieng vs Kevin Mutia 2/1

Winner: Brian Ochieng
Runner up: Austin Omondi

Blue Team
Simon Kabiru vs Brian Amara 10/11
Simon Kabiru vs Brian Kangethe 11/6
Simon Kabiru vs Collins Mwirigi 11/2
Brian Kangethe vs Collins Mwirigi 11/8
Collins Mwirigi vs Brian Amara 8/11
Brian Kangethe vs Brian Amara 8/11

Winner: Collins Mwirigi

U-12 Girls
Red Team
Lorna Mbone vs Consolata Atieno 2/0
Lorna Mbone vs Sharon Atieno 0/2
Consolata Atieno vs Sharon Atieno 0/2

Winner: Sharon Atieno
Runner up: Lorna Mbone

Green Team
Mary Sophy vs Anne Katile 2/0
Mary Sophy vs Fanice Natalia 0/2
Anne Katile vs Fanice Natalia 0/2

Winner: Sharon Atieno
Runner up: Lorna Mbone