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Kibera's Yoga Coach Wins A Global Award, Sh1 Million

Kibera's Yoga Coach Dickens Omondi

by Muthoni Kimani December 8, 2020

Dickens Omondi Odhiambo 23, who is a yoga coach in Kibera, was recognized for his work with the Africa Yoga Project. The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced Omondi as one of the winners of 2020 Beyond Sport Global Awards.

Beyond Sport in a statement noted that Odhiambo's passion for driving social change in his community is what set him apart from other shortlisted individuals.

"He will receive Ksh1 Million in grant funding, which is subject to approval by Beyond Sport Foundation Trustees."

They added;

"This award is given to individuals who have shown dedication and courage in using sports, to improve their communities that have stood up against injustice and discrimination, often at great personal risk,"

He has volunteered with NGO Shining Hope for Communities, Omondi has also used sports to transform the lives of many young people in Kibera where he teaches yoga.

The organization stated;

"Despite the numerous challenges, Dickens is an outstanding community leader who has demonstrated striking resilience and is determined to re-write his story."

Omondi went ahead and narrated how Growing up in the sprawling neighborhood of Kibera, was not easy;

"I did not have time to play as a kid. I would leave school, drop my bag and rush to town to sell groundnuts, and I would be back home at 10 p.m. I did not get a chance to be a child. I feel like I was exposed to adulthood so early.

What pains me most is that my brothers dropped out of school because they could not cope with doing business and staying in school at the same time."

Omondi is a father of one.

The young coach has worked with numerous youth groups in initiatives around sports and arts. He has been involved in community initiatives as a volunteer with several local and international community-based and non-profit organizations as a peer educator, coach, trainer, and mentor.

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