Sport
 Kenya
Project #1853

The African Child Sport & Education Fund Needs You

by Sadili Oval Sports Academy

Joab Odera of Malezi School has been awarded a scholarship to attend university and play division 1 tennis at Winston Salem State University. Joab will be the secong player in two years in our program who has done so, after Rahab Mbugua joined Cumberland University. His attendance will serve to encourage more youth to achieve in their academics as welll as sports, knowing that their dreams can also come true

Date of birth: 30-3-1992

Every morning these days, Richard leaves his family’s home in the sprawling Kibera slums very early to walk across Nairobi River to his new school. Once in the compound, you will often find him standing there, admiring the school, and you can almost hear him say “I can’t believe that I can actually enter such a school!”

Richard is the first recipient of 2008 Sports and Education Fund. Richard’s family moved to Kibera from Kano (rural area to the west of Kenya) in search of survival following constant flooding of their small farm, and inability to grow any crops. He was three years old. He is the second born of four children; his older brother, Samuel Otieno is sponsored through high school by a doctor in whose clinic, Robert’s father, Charles Onyango, works as a messenger/clerk. His mother is a house help in a lower middle class estate in South C area in Nairobi, where she earns and average of US$ 36(20 pounds) a month from washing clothes and cleaning the home.

Robert’s family would like him to get a good education, but can only afford a non-formal school within the slum, with untrained volunteer staff, and where the school fees (without books or stationary) charged is US$1.4. and the pass rate in the national exams is hardly 15%. Richard is a very happy recipient of the education fund.

Sadili Oval is very happy to be, once again, a winner of the Chege Challenge Award.

To commemorate the life work of Geoffrey Chege, CARE USA in collaboration with Nike and Global Giving, teamed up to offer the Chege Challenge for Sports for Social Change Initiative partners in East Africa in 2007. The Chege Challenge offers matching grants of $1000 for successful online fundraising.

Geoffrey Chege, a 25 year veteran of CARE, was killed in Nairobi in early 2007. Chege directed CARE USA’s programs in East and Central Africa and was committed to serving Africa’s poor and vulnerable. Chege was a strong advocate of gender equity and equality and believed that the SSCI was an innovative approach to reach youth. As we struggle to bring dignity and hope to the world’s downtrodden, Chege’s life and sacrifices continue to shape and inspire the people who knew him.

Sadili Oval’s Global Giving reference #1853: African Child Sport and Education Fund will receive US$ 1000 (one thousand). An additional grant will be awarded to Sadili Oval for having the highest percentage of unique donors.

Thank you all supporters, and thank you NIKE, CARE and GlobalGiving: this means that we can put one more talented child to special school!

Great news: The French Embassy has donated enough money to keep many affected children eating for the next couple of months - hopefully, it will help stabilize them while all the chaos is going on.

In addition, they have requested that we assist with providing support to other groups in Kibera, Kisumu, Mathare, Kitale and Nakuru. Funds will be used to provide emergency feeding, build toilets, provide medicine for the sick and those with special medical illnesses, provide temporary shelter (now that the rains have begun), connect water supply, and chemicals to a district hospital mortuary. To do this, we will be working with organisations that include, Action Against Hunger, WOFAK (Women Fighting Against AIDS in Kenya), and Handicapped International. We are confident that this emergency programme from the Government of France will make a real difference at a time that many Kenyans are suffering and need a helping hand.

We are, after this stage going to need to do the following:

1. Look at ways in which we may build a soup few kitchens that will provide regular feeding for children only, to ensure that they can keep healthy. Establishing a soup kitchen will cost Kshs. 690,000 or US$ 9324 or Euros 7040.

2. Begin a healing series of counseling workshops, as many children have been traumatised by what they have seen and experienced, especially the girls. This can be done through sports and social workshops. This will require expertise, and would work best with qualified volunteers.

3. Donate towards schooling and books, to ensure that kids can continue to learn, inspite of everything. Schools have opened, but many lack the important learning materials. It will cost Euros 113 or US$ 150 per school to get shared chalk, exercise books and pens. We have isolated 34 schools within the worst hit in Kibera that are still active, at least in some reasonable way and judge that they will serve as the safest place for the children to be during the day (safety in numbers and better adult supervision).

4. Provide solar lighting to provide added security in an area that lacks electricity, which will have the added value of ensuring that children in the family can get to study. This part of an ongoing, but struggling project, in which we are hoping to provide a solar lamp each to 1500 families and after-school learning groups in Kibera, confident that it will serve to improve the learning environment and success of those families. (See Project on Solar Lamps on GlobalGiving—link is given below)

5. Seek clothing, toys and shoes that will assist children get through the Nairobi cold that has begun with the typical cold breeze. This has already started amongst Sadili's friends within Nairobi, and has made a reasonable impact, but much more needs to be done locally.

We are opening a well-manned coordinating office from Monday 21st January 2007 to ensure that all donations are well documented and a report is published to ensure proper accountability. We hope to run this office to the end of March 2007, when we hope that everything will have stabilised and most support services can wind down. We will, however, continue with the usual projects such as this one and the African Child Sport and Education fund (links given below).

Also do view our video at the link given below made by the children.

Sincerely,

Liz Odera

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Sadili Oval Sports Academy

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.sadili.com
Sadili Oval Sports Academy
Project Leader:
Dr. Elizabeth Odera
Director
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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