Kickin it with Sadili in Kibera, Kenya
July 30th 2013. An 11 hour bus from Marsabit found us back in a slum of the Kenyan capitol. Kibera is one of the largest poverty stricken areas of Nairobi and we could not have been more warmly welcomed. Sadili (our host organization) was founded by Dr. Liz Odera over 20 years ago, and today serves as a school and sporting program giving local kids from Kibera the chance to play and learn. Not only does Sadili provide a gym, tennis courts, basketball courts, grass field, and classrooms for their kids, but nearly everything from the courts to the walls were made of recycled material. These walls, made of condensed milk cartons, provide a location for the kids to learn, to excel in sports, and to give back. Liz sets a standard for the rest of the organization and expects all the kids to give back to their community. Given the emphasis on sustainability an giving back to the community, we don’t see how an organization could use its resources more efficiently.
Mornings had us working with some of the local coaches and the Sadili boys team (the captain of said team broke 1,800 juggles but was forced to stop due to a jokingly jealous teammate chasing him around the field). Because the field we trained at was situated next to the rest of the facilities, one of our coaches (Charlie) couldnt help but embarass himself on the basketball court during our break. However, he was able to redeem himself by beating a whole host of young rugby players with his superior frisbee skills. Charlie 1, ten-year-olds 0.
In the afternoons we worked with Girl Power, an organization started by Liz to provide a safe space for girls to meet, talk, and learn. We showed the Girl Power educators and GOAL champions how to use the on-field part of the GOAL curriculum to emphasize what the girls were already doing in the classroom. On Thursday, coaches AJ, Charlie, and Meg went with the Girl Power group further into Kibera to run a practice at Olympic High School. Following the wide roads that are in the process of being built, we climbed down the steep hillside and through the narrow trash-filled streets of Kibera to Olympic. The girls were wonderful, fun, and for a moment the subject of the rest of the entire school’s interest (seemed like all the boys and other classes were watching us play games). We had a great time teaching them HIV and GOAL games, discussing powerful female role models. We hope that Girl Power continues to use our games to teach girls throughout Kibera. Overall, we had a great week with Sadili Oval and are looking forward to continuing the partnership in the future.
Check out the Sadili blog showing their view on working with CAC here.