With support from Egmont Trust, VAP is collaborating with Trust for Indigenous culture and health TICAH an organization that focuses on AIDS and traditional medicine, sexuality and gender, food and art activism for a peer evaluation exercise. The evaluation process that kicked off on 26th March will be spent in ways such as: attachments where Ticah’s personnel from the monitoring and evaluation team will spend time evaluating, collaborating, and analyzing strategies and techniques being implemented by VAP as they gain insight and understanding of specific organizational and programmatic practices. Learning Assessment: reports, presentations and discussions from both organizations following the attachment regarding site visits to ensure comprehensive understanding and peer evaluation across the organizations. Follow Up: to ensures lessons learned are being practiced and implemented.VAP will be seeking to achieve the following indicators: a) Increased new leaders in the fight against HIV, b. Increased HIV prevention knowledge.c) Increased collective efficiency to defeat,d. Reduced belief in HIV/AIDS myth, e). HIV testing during tournaments) Prevention and reduction of multiple concurrent partners, and cross generational sex.After the conclusion of the external evaluation, Ticah’s representatives will share out VAP’s program experiences, challenges and successes with VAP‘s staff, coaches, and volunteers.VAP will eventually collaborate on how best to utilize the evaluation exercise report to build and strengthen its programs, monitoring and evaluation systems for positive results.Similarly,VAP will do the same to Ticah’s programs once they conclude with VAP.
VAP joins GYSD Community Partner Program
The world’s challenges are complex and young people have the knowledge, creativity, compassion, and commitment to be a part of the solutions. Issues like, health, Poverty, hunger, gender equality, unemployment, primary education, and climate change are among the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that have to be addressed in the current society. The partnership of VAP and Global Youth Service Day, GYSD will boost and create an avenue for youth to address these MDGs through their GYSD events. As its core responsibility of continuing to activate, educate and mentor young people with the opportunities and support they need to meet these challenges, VAP is looking forward to leverage its participation in GYSD to create new networking opportunities with other like-minded organizations from around the world and having its program participants showcase the organization’s activities and events on the GYSD interactive map.GYSD is celebrated annually and this year’s celebrations will occur on 17th April 2015.
ISA Visits VAP
Members of International Sports Alliance (ISA) which partners with Kenya sports Development Program KSDP a sports network that affiliates VAP had an opportunity of visiting VAP offices, meeting with the staff, and coaches. The meeting that lasted for two hours included an interactive session with the staff, coaches and program beneficiaries as well as getting a whole profile of VAP.ISA representatives have been visiting various sports organizations within Nairobi that are affiliated with KSDP for the purposes of getting a firsthand experience of these organizations and the work that they do. VAP has been an active member of KSDP through networking, learning and exchanging knowledge with other like-minded organizations that are using sports as a catalyst for social impact
A day mixed with football, fun, mentorship and girl talk is what described VAP’s international women’s day that was globally celebrated on 8th March 2015.Right from the echelons of VAP: women staff, coaches and volunteers joined the bandwagon of other women from all the corners of the world to celebrate this extra ordinary day by gathering at Jericho community field with their football gears ready to play football matches with Mrembo Girls program participants. The teams were divided into groups, mixed with staff, coaches, participants and volunteers and lasted for two and a half hours. The tail hour of the games was spent on girl talks and mentorship where both participants had to open up and talk about experiences of issues they have gone through as a ‘girl’ child. In small groups, coaches took the lead by making an introduction and narrating the challenges they had gone through and how they had to overcome them. These introductions opened a Pandora’s box as partipants one by one started to get unglued, opening up and sharing their ordeal with the rest of the team including coaches and staff. Based on their vast experience of handling girls issues, and some of them by the virtue of after ‘been there and done that’,VAP coaches and staff offered supportive talk and advice to the participants including making informed choices and referrals to cases that were critical.
Coach of The Month
After having a short stint working with the community in a different capacity outside VAP, the two years experience that Carol has so far had with VAP since joining as a coach has been a springboard of advancing and cementing her talent and dreams of serving her fellow youth mates. Carol has been so phenomenon and passionate in executing her responsibilities both as a football coach of Mrembo FC and a life skills coach in various schools and community centres. The latest spanner thrown into her work was the digital story telling workshop that she attended in Netherlands a couple of months ago courtesy of Women Win which she has excellently built on it by training a couple of program girls on how to tell and write their personal stories. Despite teaching football and life skills to program participants, the ripple effects of digital story telling continues with other program participants who are learning from Carol on how to package and write their own personal stories
Students at Motherland Secondary were presented with pre-survey forms to gauge their knowledge on Corruption. A total of 100 students both boys and girls were involved in this exercise that was conducted by VAP’s Anti-Corruption Crusaders(ACC).Each student was issued with a copy of the pre-survey form that included basic questionnaires on issues surrounding corruption. The pre-survey conducted by VAP to students is very vital as it provides the foundation of the implementation of the entire manual to the participants. Once participants are done with the entire course, they are normally issued with a post-survey questionnaire that also gauges the impact of the program to the participants. One of the questions in the pre-survey form is (Are male more corrupt than female?) This question normally generates a lot of discussions amongst the participants with every one trying to defend his/her gender.”Male are more corrupt because they would easily request for bribe openly without any fear, and so this program is very important especially for us young people who aspire to be the leaders of tomorrow as it shapes our integrity” Said Atieno a form 2 student at Motherland secondary.