The Start of Wilsen Initiative 1999 – 2000 As a Thought Process

DID YOU KNOW, @ Wilsen Initiative started in 1999 – 2000 as a thought process, idea then later matured into an initiative it is today… It has been along journey any yet we haven’t reached our desired destination of having a resource centre where the youth would be trained in 21st century skill which will increase their chance for self employment and employed in other spaces…

Currently we are looking for support to reach our bigger vision… Read more on the 15 slides and

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) Soccer program

Every year we plan and coordinate Mathare North Festive Season Soccer Tournament together with community coaches and volunteer youth leaders. We started tournament in 2011, and yesterday we successful concluded the 8th edition which was well attended.

The Challenge

We don’t have the required resources to live our full desire of helping grassroot clubs and players especially U10 and U12 acquire the right gears for the game from soccer shoes (boots), balls, uniforms etc.

We want to thank all our friends who have come on board sometimes on short notice in helping us acquire balls, uniforms and soccer shoes for the players U10 & U12.


Apart from the annual soccer tournament featuring the seniors, U10 and U12 players we continue to mobilize for resources all through the year for grassroots clubs in Mathare North especially for U10 and U12 teams.

In 2019 we we able to reach 10 young stars with soccer shoes. One senior team, U10 and U12 with branded Wilsen Initiative uniforms.

What next?

Our target is to at least reach 35 young stars and 15 teams with soccer boots, uniforms and balls in 2020.

Areas you can support us in the next edition 2020 tournament ;

Soccer balls, uniforms, officiating, communication, documentary (Video and photography) and awards.

Ongoing activity through the year and areas of possible collaboration;

1. Soccer shoes (boots) campaign for children U10 and U12.
2. Life-skill training for coaches and players.
3. Soccer resource mobilization from balls, shoes, uniforms etc for soccer club in Mathare North.
4 Organizing and sponsoring U10 and U12 tournaments during school holiday

Soccer Shoe Campaign, The Next, Star!

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

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 on how you can make your contributions if you are around in Kenya or abroad.

Related link; Testimony by JohnMark Gachucha

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 for any contributions or support.

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. (Lifelong Learning) 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 equipments. 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 for any contributions or support.

Dnation 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.

Mathare North Rangers Football Clubs -Rebranded

Mathare North Rangers Football Club is an initiative of Wilsen initiative (Wi) under soccer for hope and development. We use soccer to tackle issues affecting young people from drug abuse, unemployment, peer pressure etc.


It is now 8 years since we established our community club to support youth pursue and develop their talents into the next level while they learn other fundamental life skills.

We advocate for soccer initiative, education and employment (employability) amongst our players. We envisage a society where young people become peace ambassadors, role model and development champion in our society through the use of their talents and skills.

Part of our rebranding strategy is launching our second T-shirt and new logo. The T-shirt will be available for purchase at Kes 500 and the proceeds received after production cost will go to the clubs kitty to cater for transport, soccer balls and other materials.

The Making Of Skill-UP Event April 2018

In everything that we do we pick great learning lessons that we share and also archive for an even greater event next time. In case you are planning an event for the youth, for example, during the school holiday targeting at least fifty people below are some of the points you should consider. These are the pathways to the successful Skill-UP event that was held on 14th April 2018 at the GoDown Arts Centre.

10 Points to Consider While Designing Events; #WilseninitiativeDiary

  1. Choose a team, develop action plan and allocate tasks.
  2. Develop a budget and source for funds to support the budget.
  3. Design the theme and purpose (Concept note and why analysis).
  4. Think of the entire brand.
  5. Agree on schedule for follow up meetings.
  6. Contact your external team in good time for their preparation (Facilitators, suppliers etc).
  7. Develop a communication strategy (social media and general communication)
  8. Document the event from start to the end ( meetings, photos, videos, social media posts etc).
  9. Develop a registration system (confirmations, inform and engage).
  10. Evaluate the event (what went well and what needs to be improved)

Branding of SKill-UP design and concept by Wilson Masaka 

Pull Up banner

Pull Up banner

Flier – font

Flier – back





The source, the sketch and conceptualization process

The Skill-UP logo

The Team, the T-shirts

The t-shirt

Skill-UP Event April 2018

Wilsen Initiative (Wi) seek to empower young people to use the acquired skills and talent for prosperity. The platforms connect professionals, students, innovators, artist, etc. through building a creative economy using our  Skill-Up program which is creatively designed to enable experiential and practical learning while inspiring the audiences to activate themselves in achieving desired dreams. Our philosophy is 1 % idea 99% action and the champion in you.

How many times have you switched your career? Do you know your career choice makes your acquired skills or knowledge relevant or irrelevant?

Some of the things we learn, especially in school doesn’t mean we will use them all. Our knowledge bank is full of savings are waiting for the next explorations to become who want. Through informed and proactive approach we shall reach at the level of our unique self with a defined purpose instead of copying what other people are doing without understanding the WHY is our journey.

Many youth has been trapped in the puzzle of not knowing how to discover their full potential through talents and skills acquired, leaving many to succumb into the pressure of life without defining how success looks like. At Wilsen Initiative (WI) we use our experiential program to unlock the youth potential through self discovery, guided by an approach that will promote quality learning and lifelong learning.

We conduct master classes in: – Business skills, Soft skills, Digital Marketing, Technical Skills, Web Development and Graphic Design, Team Building, Personal Branding, Painting classes, Financial literacy, Blogging, Photography and Internet Research. Our facilitators are passionate practitioners with good understanding of the market trends as users and innovators.

Skill UP Master Classes – Offering 21st century skills training using eight approaches;
21st Century skills

  1. Problem solving
  2. Design Thinking
  3. Participatory learning
  4. Case studies
  5. Interactive learning
  6. Collaboration and teamwork.
  7. Creativity and imagination
  8. Critical thinking.

Skill UP – Boot Camps / Master Classes

We target young people who have finished their secondary, college education ready for the job market and pursuing further education. “Ready To Work”. We also work closely with young people currently in school offering multimedia skills, personal branding and career guidance courses.

Skill-UP April 2018 was a success… venue: GoDown Arts Centre Date: 14th April 2018
Sign up with us for master class with your youth group. Write to or wilson.masaka[at]

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Our Steering Team 2018

#MeetOurTeam2018 Our steering team 2018, is tasked with the responsibility of running Wilsen Initiative [Plus One Talent and Skill-Up program].

10 key roles of the steering team;

1. Administrations support
2. Resource mobilization
3. Research and Development
4. Partnerships & Spotting opportunities
5. Conducting master sessions (Skill-Up)
6. Publicity
7. Brand ambassadors
8. Strategic direction
9. Organizing events
10. Sustainability – think tank

Your support in achieving the above is much appreciated, contact anyone at the steering team. Minnie Kang’ethe, Wilson Masaka, Jane Ruguru Wanjiku, Danstan Ochieng and Belinda Nyamboki