Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Soccer Shoe Campaign, The Next Star!

 Today I handed over 3 pair of soccer shoes to three great stars in Mathare North. I want to thank my brother Kamuzi Banda and my sisters Kate Syprine Nyarsoja, Esther Mazira, Evaline Akida and Roseline Nanah for making it possible through their contribution in kick-starting the campaign. My target is to at last reach 20 young stars by 31st Dec 2018. Now I'm left with 17 more to go...

I handed over the soccer shoes with my son Adrian. I invite you to join me in the annual soccer shoes campaign that seeks to connect young stars in Mathare slums with quality soccer shoes to avoid injuries but also to motivate them in their soccer journeys.


The campaign as so far reached more than 300 soccer stars since I started the campaign in the year 2000. This December we want to reach 20 more soccer players. Here we go. A quality second hand shoe cost approximately $18 (Kes 1,800). Get in touch with me through wilson.masaka@gmail.com on how you can make your contributions if you are around in Kenya or abroad.
















 Related link;

Testimony by JohnMark Gachucha http://wilsenx.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-reminiscence-of-football-shoes.html

Monday, December 3, 2018

Giving Back Through Soccer Shoe Campaign

Christmas is a season of giving and sharing with friends, family and with those less fortunate in the society. Each year I give back to the community by organizing / coordinating the annual Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) which I founded in 2012.





As things evolve at high speed one would think the quality of life would also improve at the same pace. It's unfortunate majority of young stars from humble backgrounds still play soccer barefoot on dangerous field that poses a big threat to their development.

Founding Philosophy;

"People who give don't necessarily mean they have an excess of the resource, but they are naturally born with the heart of giving and sharing." - Wilson Masaka, founder Wilson Initiative (Wi) 

I invite you to join me in the annual soccer shoes campaign that seeks to connect young stars in Mathare slums with quality soccer shoes to avoid injuries but also to motivate them in their soccer journeys. The campaign as so far reached more than 300 soccer stars since I started the campaign in the year 2000.

This December we want to reach 20 more soccer players. Here we go. A quality second hand shoe cost approximately $18 (Kes 1,800). Get in touch with me through wilson.masaka@gmail.com on how you can make your contributions if you are around in Kenya or abroad.

Other related links,

7th Edition of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST) – Senior Teams

This year’s tournament will run from 2nd December 2018 to 1st January 2019. A total of 15 teams, more than 300 players will be featured during the tournament.

The main aim of the tournament is to create safe space through soccer, especially during the festive season. Background of the tournament. During the festive season schools are closed and majority of young people idle around spending time in anything they think is necessary without a second thought and to their detriment during this period youth indulge in vices such as crime, drug abuse, endless parties just to mention but a few.

The foundation of the tournament is to create a platform where youth can spend their energy and time in playing or watching grassroots soccer where they connect with each other while they get life-skills from their coaches and community leaders. Since inception in 2011 we have had a total of 16 teams participating from within Mathare. \

During the festive season schools are closed and the majority of young people idle around spending time in anything they think is necessary without a second thought and to their detriment during this period youth indulge in vices such as crime, drug abuse, endless parties just to mention but a few. The foundation of the tournament is to create a platform (safe spaces) where youth can spend their energy and time in playing or by watching grassroots soccer where they connect with each other while they get life-skills from their coaches and community leaders.

 Main goals.

  1. Safe space for youth during the festive season. 
  2. Promote peaceful coexisting of people in the community. 
  3. Promote soccer talents 
Areas you can support us;

  1. Soccer balls. 
  2. Uniforms. 
  3. Officiating and communication.
  4.  Documentary (Video and photography) 
  5. Awards And many more... 
Contact me on; wilson.masaka@gmail.com







Saturday, November 24, 2018

Four Of Types Of YOUTH

The youth factor goes beyond the age, there are FOUR types of YOUTH that I know through my interactions and wider networks as follows; The Trailblazer The Go-getter The Juggler The Seeker

Are you the Trailblazer, Go-getter, Juggler or the Seeker?

1. The Trailblazer (Elite and Privileged)

They have strong networks, sometimes they come from a wealthy family heritage that laid foundation for what they want or would like to become. If they aren't from the wealthy background, then they have established themselves through good education, networks, skills, talent and experiences that continue to give them engagement privileges for business, social inclusion or political participation at the dinning table with decision makers.

 2. The Go-getter (Mid Level Career)

 The have a good balance of skills, talent, networks and experience. But have to go the extra miles in finding opportunities and niche in their career especially by themselves. #SelfMade

3. The Juggler (Discovery Level) 

They tend to do more than one thing, trial and errors to gain more experience. It takes time for them to know what they really want in life especially in their career. Any road with opportunity for survival, they will take toward developing stable learning curve and future engagement.

4. The Seeker (Disadvantaged)

They are at the bottom state of the pyramid. They might be disadvantaged through direct or indirect factors (within / beyond their control) think of social, economical, Technological and political situations. They are disengaged not knowing what paths to take and might be experiencing high levels of poverty, discrimination etc.
























We shouldn’t lose our eyes on the ball by only training youth skills to SURVIVE, but more importantly, they should also be equipped with skills to SERVE. - Wilson Masaka, Founder Wilsen Initiative (Wi)

Good read about Kenyan Youth  

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Soccer for Change / Hope

At Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Soccer for Change / Hope, we encourage young-stars to pursue their soccer talents to the best levels that they can despite the hurdles they face daily.

 

We are dedicated in building bridges and acting as a positive catalyst for the young-stars to pass the hurdles like acquiring soccer balls, soccer shoes and uniforms that would motivate them transit to the next level of professionalism.

 

 We continue to encourage the well wishers to donate time, balls, uniforms, conns or anything that would help young soccer star reach their desired levels. Get in touch with wilson.masaka@gmail.com for any contributions or support.

  www.wilseninitiative.wordpress.com


Friday, November 23, 2018

Second Edition Of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament U12, 2018.

We are grateful to reach a successful final, Metro Youth F.C emerged the winners after defeating David foundation 2-0 in an entertaining match at the Drive-in Primary School. Seventeen teams participated in this year's edition and approximately 350 soccer players and 17 coaches participated
directly.





At Wilsen Initiative (WI) Soccer for Change / Hope, we encourage young-stars to pursue their soccer talents to the best levels that they can despite the hurdles they face daily. We are dedicated in building bridges and acting as a positive catalyst for the young-stars to pass the hurdles like acquiring soccer balls, soccer shoes and uniforms that would motivate them transit to the next level of professionalism.








Our goal is to have qualified soccer stars with the right skills on and off the pitch which can attract the next level of opportunities from the grassroots.




Our objectives;


  1. Conduct soccer clinics where the players learn skills for on / off the pitch (soccer skills, employ-ability skills and 21st century skills).
  2. Organize annual soccer tournaments for U12, U14 and senior teams.
  3. Mobilize for soccer shoes and uniforms, among other important gears required to nurture grassroots talent.
  4. Conduct first aid clinics, for grassroots soccer clubs.
  5. We use soccer to drive forward social change.
  6. Networking with other youth-led groups to foster peace and other social activities using soccer.
  7. Use soccer as an agent for change whereby facilitating the teams in local and regional tournaments.
  8. Using soccer as a tool to drive positive social transformation.
  9. Learning other life-skills through soccer for example leadership and self esteem In case you want to make a contribution our doors are still open.
  10. Mobilize resources for U12, U14 and U16 clubs/ teams.



Our vision is to see all soccer stars in Mathare North to have a soccer shoe that will protect them from injuries inflicted on them due to poor or dangerous pitch that they only have at the grassroots. Resources like soccer shoes, balls and uniforms are the bare basics a team requires but most of the teams at the grassroots struggle to reach the necessary networks or even mobilize for the funds to purchase the material and equipment. On our side, it has been a big challenge to conduct the yearly tournament in a sequential manner due to lack of funds. The first edition of the tournament was conducted in 2016, since then we haven’t been a position to successfully mobilize for the required funds and resource to run a successful tournament.

This year's tournament was sponsored by Moses Wambia who is one the young leaders in Mathare North. We thank him for the awards (trophy, winners uniforms, runners up uniforms, balls etc.). On the other hand, we thank Alive and Kicking for donating soccer balls to each team that participated.
Lastly, we want to thank all the volunteer referees, all coaches, Banda, Onyi, Mark, Masaka, Wambia and Daddy for their support in making the tournament a success and we hope the senior (7th edition MNFSST-2018 Seniors) will be successful too.

We continue to encourage the well wishers to donate time, balls, uniforms, conns or anything that would help young soccer star reach their desired levels. Get in touch with wilson.masaka@gmail.com for any contributions or support.

Donation box; Here is a list you can choose from;

  1. Sponsor tournament
  2. Donate uniforms
  3. Donate soccer balls and  soccer cons
  4. Training bibs
  5. Training hours
  6. Facilitate outdoor trip for the team (exposure visits and friendly matches).
  7. Resource Mobilization. (time and expertise)
  8. Soccer boots / shoes.


Friday, November 16, 2018

Soccer Balls Donation From Alive And Kicking

 Alive and Kicking make durable sports balls in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana, keeping adults in employment, helping children play, and raising health awareness through sport.





Today we received 17 quality balls that were given to each team participating in the ongoing Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST-2018 featuring under 12 years).

We are grateful to join their list of communities who have received soccer balls as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). If you have a sports club we would encourage you to buy your balls at Alive and Kicking, they make quality balls, create employment and also donated balls to schools, disadvantaged communities and youth teams around the world.

Get in touch with Alive and Kicking;

At Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Soccer4Change

Our Main Gooal ;

  1.  We use soccer to drive forward social change. 
  2. Networking with other youth-led groups to foster peace and other social activities using soccer. 
  3. Use soccer as an agent for change whereby facilitating the teams in local and regional tournaments.
  4. Using soccer as a tool to drive positive social transformation. 
  5. Learning other life-skills through soccer for example leadership and self esteem In case you want to make a contribution our doors are still open. 
  6. Mobilize resources for U12, U14 and U16 clubs/ teams.
Make a Donation: Do you want to be part of the community helping young soccer talent reach to stardom? Here is a list you can choose from; 

  1. Soccer boots / shoes.
  2. Soccer balls
  3. Uniforms
  4. Training bibs.
  5. Training Cons 
  6. Training hours 
  7. Facilitate outdoor trip for the team (exposure visits and friendly matches). 
  8.  Resource Mobilization. (time and expertise)

We always mobilize for soccer resources for youth teams/clubs in our neighborhood dating from the last 9 years of our establishment.

Let us know if you would like to add anything to our resource kitty .
Get in touch wilson.masaka@gmail.com

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Next Soccer Stars in The Making

Individual Social Responsibility - ISR At Wilsen Initiative (Wi) we believe and advocate for CHANGE that starts with an individual whereby influencing positive action as a result creating a bigger community of positive role models.

Picture taken in 2016

Picture taken in 2016


In a special way we thank Moses Wambia for taking the lead in sponsoring the on going 2nd edition of Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST-2018) featuring under 12 years.

I hereby welcome you all to make your contribution count in developing the next best talent in your hoods, especially starting with under 10 to 12 years.



  Jun 3, 2016 - Donation received from Netherlands courtesy of Ernesto

In case you want to make a contribution our doors are still open as we approach the finals next week. Here is a list you can choose from;
  1. Soccer boots / shoes
  2. Soccer balls
  3. Uniforms
  4. Training bibs
  5. Training Cons 
  6. Training hours 
  7. Facilitate outdoor trip for the team (exposure visits and friendly matches). 
 I have always mobilized soccer resources for youth teams/clubs in my neighborhood dating from the last 20+ years of my soccer career and work.

Let me know if you would like to add anything to the prize kitty. We have more than 20 teams with approximate total of 300 players.

Get in touch wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament U12

#MNFSST Ongoing, Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament U12. 16 teams, 16 coaches, More than 300+ players are engaged on a daily basis. Our main theme this year is, Creating Safe Space Through Soccer

Soccer4Change 
Main goal ; using soccer to drive forward social change.

  1.  Networking with other youth-led groups to foster peace and other social activities using soccer. 
  2. Use soccer as an agent for change whereby facilitating the teams in local and regional tournaments.
  3. Using soccer as a tool to drive positive social transformation. 
  4. Learning other life-skills through soccer for example leadership and self esteem.

My vision is to see each kid in the slum of Mathare own a quality ball and a pair of soccer shoe.

How many children can play one ball?

#thePowerOfaBall How long can one quality ball last in one of the grassroots pitch? Our goal Wilsen Initiative (Wi) is to connect every kid who love soccer with the required resources like football, uniforms, soccer shoes etc. In case you want to make any contributions toward achieving this goal get in touch with me.










Tuesday, November 13, 2018

10 Basics of Presenting

Today I had a great session with the youth at Mogra Children's Home. The main subject was Presentation Skills.




Here are the ten points  I consider very important during presentation (Basics of Presenting).

1. Time - Consider how much time has been allocated to you.
2. Creativity - How best will you bring the point across for example using a prototype, illustration, picture, short video etc.
3. Audience and eloquence - Consider the audiences demography (age, language, skill level etc.) Be fluent and persuasive in your presentation
4. Dress Code - Choose the right clothes for the occasion.
5.Content vs.Context - Package your content (Subject, data, information etc) inline with the context (environment, audience, situation etc).
6. Planning - Think of the flow/sequence of your presentation.
7. Tools / presentation aid - Consider if you will use any assisting tools in your presentation for example computer, projector, white board etc. Always test before the time for presentation.
8. Confidence / Courage - A good idea can be made to look bad because of lack of confidence and knowledge in the subject matter. Build your confidence through practice, research, feedback etc.
9. Body language ( Eye contact, posing etc.) - Your direct or indirect interaction with audience is determined with how you handle the entire presentation from speech, how you move, eye contact, use your hands, your pose etc.
10. Audibility - Make good of your voice where there is no microphone in a small group. Use the microphone the right way for quality sound.