Friday, April 28, 2017

Jobs For Young Graduates At Sadili

Sadili Oval is seeking to fill the following vacant positions:

Social Educators/Project Assistant (2) - Must be Diploma/Degree level in Sociology, Public Health, Project Management, Community Development or Social Work, with great communication skills, and can use MS Excel, MS Word and MS Powerpoint.

Community Tennis/Sports Coaches (2) – They will be working with children below 10 years. Must have attended high school, previous knowledge of playing/coaching tennis is preferable but not essential.

To apply, please send the following documents to
1.    Cover letter of application
2.    Resume which includes 2 referees
3.    Copies of college/university, high school certificates, transcripts, testimonials

The closing date for applications will be 12th May 2017, 11.00 p.m. EAT.

Only successful applicants will receive an email/telephone call inviting them for interview, by the 15th May, 2017.

For any further enquiries, please contact:
Projects Coordinator: Joy Akim

Tel. +254-703754113

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Empower My Life Training Camp Kicks Off at Sadili Despite Chilly Weather

The long awaited 10-day Empower My Life Training camp for kids organized by Sadili Oval Sports Academy in partnership with Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) officially kicked off on Tuesday, 18th April 2017 at Sadili Oval grounds in Nairobi. Despite the heavy morning downpour, kids turned up and braved the chilly weather to participate in the camp.

Sadili staff did a commendable job ensuring that all activities of the day were carried out as had been scheduled. This being the first day of the training camp, the better part of the day was spent on registration, familiarizing the kids with what they should expect during the camp, playing fun games, filling in basic questionnaires and colouring body maps.

“The day turned out to be more fun than I had expected. I enjoyed the games, the food and colouring pictures,” remarked 9 year old Bellemy Ochieng’, a std. 3 pupil at Old Kibera Primary school. “I will definitely come back tomorrow and every day until the last day of the camp.”

Even though the targeted number of 400 kids was not attained, the facilitators were happy about how everything turned out. “I am happy that a good number of kids turned up in spite of the cold and unfavourable weather. I’m very hopeful that many more will come as the days go by, and that we will surpass our target number of 400,” remarked Joy Akim, the lead facilitator.

Areas to be covered during this training camp include: 1) Knowledge-transfer about sexual violence, HIV/AIDS and relevant health topics (e.g. hygiene); 2) Understanding of gender equality and 3) Supporting the increase of civil courage (bystander intervention). The camp goes on until Friday, 28th April before it picks up again in August 2017.

Empower My Life is a sport and play-based, innovative and holistic 16-month prevention program contributing to the fight against sexual violence against girls and boys in Kenyan schools. It targets 200 girls and 200 boys from underprivileged backgrounds, 40 teachers and about 800 family members.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Internship at Sadili Yields Great Professional Experience: Intern Success Story 1

Hellen Victoria was one of two interns who successfully completed a 3-month internship at Sadili on 31st March 2017. Here is what she had to say about her experience:

“My name is Hellen Victoria Muthoni Njagi, a 3rd year student at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies. I recently completed my internship at Sadili Oval Sports Academy and it was for sure an eye opening experience. I worked under 2 programmes: Court of Dreams and Girl Power Clubs Africa.

I was in the Social Work department which involved a lot of fieldwork and  a bit of office work. At the beginning, I found it challenging to be in the field daily but with time I came to understand that there were lessons behind the fieldwork. 

I was lucky enough to work with experienced social educators because I learnt a lot from them. To start with, I was able to gain confidence to address people. This improved daily as I was always expected to speak to children. This also helped to improve my thinking capacity because we had to know what we had to teach the children each day before leaving the office for fieldwork. I always had to prepare myself adequately because the children always had questions to ask.

A part from learning data collection skills during fieldwork, this experience was also a major reality check. I noticed that many children in Kibera live under poor conditions and yet they still had smiles on their faces. This constantly reminded me of what matters most in life: a positive attitude. Putting a smile on children’s faces was very fulfilling and it made me happy to know that I could play a part in their lives, to help make their future bright, with the help of Sadili.

This internship provided an amazing atmosphere in which I was challenged to use all my creativity and knowledge. Furthermore, I learned how to work in a professional environment and gained valuable skills that I am sure will be very useful when I get into the workforce after my studies.

My experience at Sadili is one I will not forget in a long time. It was an exceptional opportunity and I am truly grateful to the organization for giving me a chance to work with them.”

Sadili is committed to the professional development of its employees, interns and volunteers and extremely proud of them progressing within the organization and challenging themselves with new goals. We invite you to become part of our success story.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Empower My Life Training of Trainers Workshop Held at Sadili Oval

Sadili Oval Sports Academy in partnership with Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) held a 5-day training of trainers (ToT) workshop at Sadili Oval from 21st to 25th March 2017. The workshop brought together a total of 21 participants including students from Olympic High School, Nazarene Primary School and St. Catherine Primary School; 2 teachers each from Nazarene and St. Catherine Primary Schools and Sadili staff. It was facilitated by Marc Probst and Sarah Vogtli, both of SAD. 

The purpose of the workshop was to familiarize trainers with the new Empower My Life programme and train them on how they will help with its implementation in April 2017.

The discussions during the workshop were focused on Sexual Violence, HIV/AIDS, Health & Hygiene, Gender Equality, Bystander intervention and Life skills. Each of these discussions was accompanied by several games that were practiced in the field. Some of the games in the toolkit were also modified by participants after discussions to better suit the programme’s target group.

The schedule of the workshop was as follows:

Day 1: Introduction and presentation of Sadili and SAD; Brainstorming, Problem mapping, Sport and play based approach, Bystander approach; Applying learning cycle to the games (testing one of the games)
Day 2: Training on the coaching process; Designing and modifying games, presentation of Child Protection policy by Sadili
Day 3: Bystander intervention training, modifying games, testing of games in the field
Day 4: Presentation of training sequence, preparation of the timetable to be used in April during the implementation of the programme.
Day 5: Reviewing of topics and contents of the training, award of certificates 

Empower My Life is a sport and play-based, innovative and holistic 16-months prevention program contributing to the fight against sexual violence against girls and boys in Kenyan schools. It contributes to enforce the right for education and health for girls and boys.

Empower My Life works with three topical components: 1) Knowledge-transfer about sexual violence, HIV/AIDS and relevant health topics (e.g. hygiene); 2) the adequate perception of gender and construction of protection mechanisms as well as 3) supporting the increase of civil courage. Thus, the project aims to build support-mechanism for boys and girls (to improve the sense of community) as well as to make schools safer.

Through a partnership between the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) based in Biel, Switzerland and Sadili Oval Sports Academy based in Nairobi, Kenya, the project will be implemented Kibera. It targets 200 girls and 200 boys from underprivileged backgrounds, 40 teachers and about 800 family members.

The project is in line with objectives of the Kenyan government to prevent sexual violence and HIV/AIDS and integrates relevant government institutions.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Court of Dreams Improves Health and Schooling: Success stories Part 4

Emmanuel Mayaka 
Emmanuel Mayaka is a nine year old pupil at Kid Star Primary School. The class register indicates that he is one of the pupils in his class who has been consistently attending school. He is also one of very few pupils in his school who reported to school on 4th January 2017, the official opening day for schools. Many other pupils reported the following week.
Emmanuel is just one of the many pupils in his class whose general attitude towards school has improved since they joined the programme. “Emmanuel, just like many of his classmates, likes coming to the Kibera Tennis court to play,” says his class teacher. “Playing sports, specifically tennis, with guidance from trained coaches is not very common in Kibera. This probably explains the reason they are always excited about running down to the court. The result as we have observed is increased engagement and less absenteeism”.
“I live far from the tennis court, so I can only come there during school days with the rest of my classmates. I enjoy playing tennis. Whenever we are on holiday, like the one we had last December, I always look forward to reopening of school so I can play often,” says Emmanuel. “Football used to be my favorite sport before, but since I learned how to play tennis, it has become my favorite.”
“Sometimes simply saying it is mandatory for pupils to come to school every day does not work; they [pupils] should want to come to school,” says his class teacher. “The main reason we have chosen to remain as participants of this programme is that we have seen how much it motivates our pupils to come to school.”
Peris Akinyi
Peris is a standard three pupil who goes to Nazarene Primary School. She was introduced to us by her class teacher who says she is one of the pupils in her class who have remarkably improved in performance over the past one year. To confirm this, we borrowed her performance records over the past year from her class teacher who kindly gave it to us. To our pleasant surprise, we noted that Peris has been constantly improving in every exam, and not a single result showed a drop in total marks from the previous one.

“Peris used to be the timid, antisocial and underperforming one. She almost repeated std. 1, but we decided to push her forward since her parents were against it. Right now we can proudly say that she progressed to std. 3 purely on merit,” says her class teacher. “Her parents definitely have a role to play in her improved performance as they have been showing a lot more interest in her studies than before. But at the same time I give some credit to this programme [Court of Dreams] because I have noticed in her, just like in many other pupils in my class, an improvement in concentration. She, like the others, is usually at her best straight after a session with your coaches. I must therefore admit that those coaching sessions make my work as a teacher much easier too.”

“I only knew about tennis when you [Sadili staff] started visiting our school,” says Peris. “Now I have learnt how to hit the ball and I always enjoy doing it. I wish you could come to our school every day so we can play more,” she adds smiling.

We are happy that the Court of Dreams has had some positive impact on Peris’ performance, and we are even happier that her class teacher recognizes this. It is our hope that her performance curve keeps going up.

Shanice Mansur
Eight year old Shanice is a pupil at Karama Academy who lives with her parents and two siblings a few meters away from school. She tells us that the lessons she has learnt have already made a big difference in her life.

“I practice good hygiene in school and at home. I used to think brushing my teeth every night was not important. Now I understand how important it is and I do it every morning and night, unless I forget or become too sleepy after dinner. I also use soap every time I wash my hands.” She says.

More importantly, Shanice thinks it is necessary to share her knowledge with her friends and siblings. She encourages them to practice good hygiene.

“I teach my friends and siblings to be hygienic too because they can also get sick from dirt. I am proud of myself, because I am helping other people and showing them the right way to wash their hands.”

We are excited about Shanice’s success story, and hope that there will be more stories like hers next year.