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

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!