About Wilson Masaka

Philosophy Everybody is a winner; we have something unique that we can do. We believe in sharing, creating, educating, motivating and inspiring champions in our society. Description: Wilsen initiative envisages narrowing ‘me and the World’ gap in youth, whereby helping youth realize their full potential in achieving their desired goals and dreams in life through simple steps. For example through self reflection many youth will positively change their self esteem and face the realities of life. We foster youth empowerment through peer to peer learning and networking with other youth groups. Our vision is to empower the youths to be critical thinkers and change makers in our society through networking, sports, education and skills transfer from one generation to the other.

Wi – effect! Wilsen Initiative Story

Wilsen is an initiative registered under the societies in republic of Kenya. We seek to empower and encourage young people to use their skills and talents for prosperity. The platforms connects professionals, students, innovators, creative etc., through co-creation events organized by Wilsen Initiative (Wi). We seek to establish a creative economy using our programs namely; – Women Make IT Happen, Skill Up, Plus One Talent and Soccer initiative. Wilsen in an acronym which stands for;

W – Willingness to learn
I – Taking initiative
L – Learning to Learn
S – Defining Success
E – Exploring new way of doing things
N- Networking for common good

The Wi-effect!

Willingness, Initiative, Learning, Success, Exploration and Networking

Our mission: Train youth in 21st century skills towards developing positive change models in the society.
Train youth in 21st century skills that will help them develop positive change models in informal settlements in Kenya. We envisage a society of self-confident young people who inspires positive change by using their talents and skills.

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Sports For Change – Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament (MNFSST 2019)

Since inception in the year 2011, we have been in the forefront in Mathare slums promoting soccer activities either in conducting soccer clinics, life-skills training and donating training kits to community grassroots clubs in Mathare North. Our biggest success has been running an annual soccer tournament for teams of between U12, U14 and seniors during the Christmas holiday and Easter holiday.

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Problem Statement

Majority of the youth and children between 12- 25 years are the most vulnerable when it comes to matters crime, drug abuse, and political intolerance just to mention but a few. The same group also lack the necessary platforms, mentors and resources to help them pursue their talents to the best levels they can. During the festive season there is a risk of indulging in unwarranted activities because schools are closed and everyone falls into a more festive mood of parties and other explorations.

We started the annual tournament to offer a platform where the both the children, the youth and community in general would interact in a competitive safe space, be awarded with the important resources and most important stay away from bad influence in the community. In informal settlements like Mathare and Kibera it is normal routine to find kids roaming the streets engaged in nothing meaningful. Our intervention has helped the children and youth realize their full potentials while also finding a meaningful environment to engage in soccer and life-skills training that helps them grow into responsible citizens.

HOW WE DO IT

We use the soccer tournament, soccer clinics, boot camps to sensitize the youth on the issues that affects them directly and indirectly for example drug abuse, technology, peer pressure, education vs. sports among others. Soccer is a great tool that provides a platform for social inclusion while embracing diversity that promotes a peaceful co-existing of people in the society.

Our main focus is addressing the future generation on how they can be agents of positive change through their character, behavior and habits (role modeling). Our activities creates a platform where youth leaders, coaches and players interact. Rarely, the coaches and players receive any form of coaching especially off the pitch that promotes their well-being and interaction with the wider society.

Our objective: Soccer activities

1. To encourage peaceful co-existing of people from different diverse background through soccer.
2. To promote soccer talent in the community where young people participate in meaningful activities away from different vices like drug abuse and crime.
3. Create awareness about playing safe, importance of education and sports.
4. Striving for transformation of different realities / stimulating positive change in the society through young people’s talents and skills.

SUPPORT NEEDED

To meet our set goals, each year we seek support from different people; friends, well-wishers, personal contribution and corporate. Fundraising and resource mobilization are the biggest hurdles in rolling our project fully whereby having a consistent programming that we can promise our target group. You can make contribution by supporting us with funds or in kind.

Below are some of the areas that we need your support or activation;

1. Donate funds to support our program (Soccer initiative or Plus One Talent Boot Camp).
2. Linkages – referrals and connections with ideal partners
3. Time – proposal writing, training during the boot camp, think tank to ideas and training our teams
4. Material support- Mobilize for soccer equipment and materials for our teams
5. Technical support – Documenting our events and interviews in terms of video or photography.
6. A shoe for a soccer star (Right to Play safe Soccer Shoes Campaign) – Donate soccer shoes to players.

Get in touch wilson.masaka@gmail.com

#SkillUP2019 Are You Looking for a Professional Youth Facilitator?

Apart from skills and talent we bring passion, professionalism and participation in ensuring quality and lifelong learning in the youth space.

We speak the youth language; we are knowledgeable, inspirational, versatile, and outgoing. Contact us on web design, graphic design, entrepreneurship, photography, social media, life skills and personal branding. The lessons are packaged well to connect with what participants know plus what they need to know to scale into the next level using the ASK model (A= Attitude, Skills and Knowledge). Our philosophy; Learning by doing, everyone learns, fun learning and participatory learning. Email; Wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Skill UP 2019: Employ-ability and Finances

#SkillUP2019 #YOUTHSPACE It was a success! Thanks to all who came and we do hope you learned something remember you need 20% knowledge or information 80% is your behavior while as for ideas you only require 1% and 99% in your ACTION.

Main Topic: Achieving financial freedom as young people (Saving plan, investment, starting a business, partnerships etc.

Main Objective: Introduce to the youth the principle of money and how to create a sustainable financial portfolio or culture through acquired skills, knowledge, business, partnerships etc.

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What Next?

We want to partner with many individual professionals and organizations in reaching out many young people who come from marginalized or disadvantaged communities. SKILL UP is about lifelong learning mostly focusing on a daily experiences which some haven’t been captured in the same ways in the confines of a classroom.

Get in touch if you would like to learn more about our program. Email wilson.masaka@gmail.com

Meet the Passionate Coach with Golden Heart for Soccer.

Today I want to appreciate coach Omore for his dedication in nurturing soccer talent in the community level also known as grassroots soccer. Many successful soccer stars like Mariga, Wanyama, Oliech just to mention but a few came from a humble beginning, playing soccer in the dusty fields such as drago, depo, red carpet and many others. Coaches at the grassroots levels have been instrumental in nurturing our greatest talents and in rare occasions they get to be acknowledged for their efforts or even supported to grow their skills despite facing many challenges in the team and the surrounding environment.

Omore is a true example of a coach with passion and despite his physical challenge he is one of the dedicated coaches that has many teams in our community in Mathare North. He is in charge of Mathare North Rangers teams from the age of 12, 14 and over 16 years, one of his biggest achievement is winning the top prize of the just concluded Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament 2017/ 2018.

 

 

Dribbling skills session with players U14

Wilsen Initiative (WI) has been supporting Mathare North Rangers teams and our immediate goal is to have exposure for the coach and the players through playing tournaments and participating in more profession soccer coaching courses and life skills training to perfect their skills.

We invite well wishers to help us with soccer shoes, balls, uniforms etc, to help our coach and his team achieve the desired dream.

Get in touch with wilson.masaka@gmail.com

How To Create Sustainable Financial Portfolio or Culture

In your new year’s resolution, plan or goals; IS LEARNING A NEW SKILL & NETWORKING part of your list?

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) in collaboration with Maji Mazuri has organized a master session for youths to be trained on financial matters that will introduce to the youth the principle of money and how to create a sustainable financial portfolio or culture through acquired skills, knowledge, business, employment ventures, partnerships etc.

You only need 20% of knowledge and 80% is your behavior!

The master session will be held at Maji Mazuri offices along Juja road next to Olympic petrol station opposite Moi Airbase main gate, from 9.30 am to 1pm on Saturday 26th January 2019.

The session is free of charge and we target youth between 17 to 35 years, there are only 45 seats available, and only those who subscribe through this link https://bit.ly/2TNRq7J will be admitted to the session.

So what are you waiting for REGISTER NOW! It is free Visit: https://bit.ly/2TNRq7J

For further information and direction: Contact person: Mr. Wambua on 0715733196

Main Topic: Achieving financial freedom as young people (Saving plan, investment, starting a business, partnerships etc.

Main Objective: Introduce to the youth the principle of money and how to create a sustainable financial portfolio or culture through acquired skills, knowledge, business, partnerships etc.

Meet our facilitator: Mr. Michael Ogambi;

Mr. Michael Ogambi has over 15 years’ experience in finance and accounting. He has worked in commercial entities (General Electric) and Not-for-Profit organizations of regional nature including AMREF-Kenya and South Sudan. He is also involved in supporting art organizations and artists in entity as well as personal financial planning and tax exposures. He currently supports Kunja Dance with Admin and finance.

His main areas of expertise are in;

  1. Financial systems design implementation including development/review of internal controls
  2. Donor accounting – proposal budgeting and reporting
  3. Cash flow management and treasury management
  4. Financial policies and statutory compliance, Financial reports preparation, analysis and presentation
  5. Administration operations including procurement process management and support

Soccer Shoe Campaign 2018

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On 5th December 2018 we made a call to our network of friends and well wishers to join hands with us in our annual Soccer Shoes Campaign Gift by donating quality soccer shoe/s to the young stars who aren’t in a position to acquire one of the most valuable resources in their soccer career. Many young people play with bare foot not knowing the risks they expose themselves playing in bad surface soccer pitch in the community, on the other hand there is a big gap in acquiring a soccer shoe, soccer balls, soccer Cons, tracksuits, uniforms etc.

At Wilsen Initiative we want to bridge gap by providing the most basic resource like soccer balls, quality training, uniforms, etc. This December our target was to reach 20, but by today were are happy to acquire 30 soccer boots since we made the call. The campaign started the year 2000, whereby a total of more than 300 young stars have been reached.

Come, 1st Jan 2019, the campaign will not come an end, but will enter into the open contributions where anyone can add to the basket gift at their call through the year.

Other related links;

http://wilsenx.blogspot.com/2018/12/giving-back-through-soccer-shoe-campaign.html
http://wilsenx.blogspot.com/2013/08/change-that-starts-from-within.html
http://wilsenx.blogspot.com/2016/06/you-cant-miss-to-watch-right-to-play.html
http://wilsenx.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-reminiscence-of-football-shoes.html http://wilsenx.blogspot.com/2014/12/soccer-shoes-boots-campaign-right-to.html

Thanks to Pieter Jan de Bruijn, Pauline de Bruijnn, George Kamau, Kamuzi Banda, Roseline Nanah, Kate Syprine Nyarsojay, Esther Mazira and Ernesto Spruyt for your contributions. In a special way we want to wish you all the best in 2019, and may God bless the work of your hands.