Due to the ever rising and the huge volume of sexual and GBV cases occurring and being reported to the attention of VAP’s customer care desk and counselling department, VAP has deployed a mitigation plan by enrolling two of its coaches to attend further studies for counselling and guiding at Amani counselling centre. The two candidates, Mbinda and Linda will join Elizabeth who has been at the forefront of rapidly responding to GBV cases, getting in touch with other local referral institutions, giving them all the necessary support and making follow ups of the victimized youth and individuals. The three will be expected to form a strong unit that will adequately handle and reduce a backlog of GBV cases being reported as well as teach other coaches basic counselling and guiding topics. They will be expected to create a hotline number that would be at the disposal of the community, embark on educating everyone involved on early signs of Gender Based Violence cases and other important prerequisite for child protection in the organization: coaches code of ethics, rules, regulations and policies. Equally important is the hand-in-hand working collaboration between community volunteers, community leaders, parents, teachers and authorities, which VAP would really want to bank on as it drives on this important agenda. Additionally, they will work closely with HIV testing partners during Kick N Test football tournaments.
Sport for social impact is something that’s new and trending so fast but the larger society is still grappling to understand the combination.However,there’s light at the end of this tunnel as VAP will be in charge of the 'switch' light and making sure that the lights are always on by publishing a one page article of its football based awareness activities that will be appearing on ‘Sports’ monthly, Kenya’s authoritative sports magazine.VAP is determined to take the advantage of this opportunity by amplifying the importance of using the power and popularity of the game of football to inform the larger audience of the Kenya’s population on how effective sports/football can be used to change lives of young people. Already the publishing process has begun and a one page covering of VAP’s activity is on page 15 through www.sportsmonthly.co.ke June magazine. The magazine which is a monthly publication is sold by newsvendors in the shops and the streets of Kenya’s big cities.
Refresher Course For Coaches
A bunch of VAP coaches mostly consisting of new coaches and volunteers who joined in this year, underwent a 4 day training of trainers refresher course. The training which was quite interactive created an opportunity for these set of coaches to express their experiences, lessons learnt, challenges and successes of their first half debut as Skillz coaches. With the focus point of the training being on: peer education, participatory facilitation method, and personal connection with the participants, the aim of the training was to keep every coach abreast with the program expectations, trending issues surrounding program implementation,activities,and how to mitigate challenges encountered during interventions as well as making sure that everyone is reading on the same page." I have built a lot of confidence and self esteem in delivering programs to my fellow youth, and I feel proud of teaching what was taught to me when I was a program participant." Said Leah Ayoti a former program graduate.
Inspired by VAP’s innovative and successful HIV/AIDS prevention program that graduated over 400 student participants from Pumwani primary school, the school’s sports teacher Mr.Maina requested to have Show corruption”Redcard”program in his school. Currently over 250 student participants from Pumwani primary school are taking part in the Show corruption ‘Redcard’ program. According to the pre surveys (a sheet of 1 up to 10 questionnaire that gauge the attitude and knowledge of students regarding corruption) conducted by VAP’s Anti corruption crusaders(ACC) majority of students indicted that they are well aware of what’s is corruption and it’s causes..During day one, students filled in the pre-surveys and were taken through the basic information about corruption and its causes.”This is a unique project that is very important to our kids, since they are the future leaders.” Said Mr.Budi, deputy head teacher at Pumwani School. This exercise not only included the students, but it also included teachers of the participants who were also eager to learn and participate in the program.”Am looking forward to be a great leader of integrity and Show corruption ‘Redcard’ a one of the key programs that will push me to achieving my dreams “Said 13 year old Wangari