Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Court of Dreams: Using Sport to Promote Dental Hygiene

After a 2 month long holiday last year (2016), most kids finally returned to school on 4th January 2017. This included many of the schools that are part of our Court if Dreams programme. The first few weeks had not been a smooth ride for both Sadili staff and the teachers at these schools as most of the pupils had not yet to report back to school. However, the third week of January (16th-24th) which is also the third week since schools reopened saw a good turnaround of events with a good percentage of kids back to school and settled. Sadili’s social educators successfully had life skills sessions with almost all the schools in the programme.This week (from 23rd -30th January), they are back to these schools with a focus on dental hygiene.
Practicing dental hygiene at an early age can help kids develop healthy, strong teeth into adulthood. This is why tooth brushing remains one of the major topics often discussed by Sadili’s Social educators through the Court of Dreams programme. Their first stop was at Olympic Primary School on Tuesday, 24th January. In a fun and effective way, they were able to get the children to think about their oral health. Some of the things they taught the kids included: the steps involved in teeth brushing,the health benefits of keeping their mouths clean by brushing their teeth, when and how many times they should brush their teeth as well as tooth diseases caused by bacteria.

The Social Educators clearly proved that brushing is not a chore; it can be fun with songs that encourage good health and hygiene. They came up with a simple song on cleaning of teeth that entertained and kept the kids engaged throughout the session. “If kids have a positive experience learning to brush, they will remember the lesson and be more likely to brush regularly,” said Kevin, one of Sadili’s Social Educators.

Apart from this, the kids had a chance to play tennis and other fun games with their favorite Coaches after the life skills session.

“We have enjoyed ourselves today playing and learning about teeth brushing,” said Michelle, a std. 2 pupil at the school. “We hope to have more fun next week.”
The Court of Dreams uses sport, mainly tennis and basketball, to encourage better hygiene habits among children 3-12 years of age, their attendance in school as a result of better health and therefore improved performance in school.

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.