With the new year already with us and with all systems go! VAP embarked on conducting a 5 day training of coaches’ course where 31 coaches attended. Majority of coaches being former graduates of VAP’s programs drawn from VAP football club, and other schools were taken through the nuts and bolts of how VAP operates its programs. The coaches were trained on delivering all sessions of both HIV Skillz Mtaani (targeting 15-22 years old) and Skillz Mabeste(targeting 9-14 years old) including teach back sessions. The newly energetic and fully charged crop of coaches will be leaving no stone unturned in their quest of changing the lives of many youth ahead of them by delivering programs in various schools and community centres around Nairobi. .”Am glad to be in a position of giving back to the society what was given to me.” Said 19 years old Ayoti former graduate of Mrembo and Skillz Kenya program
VAP Attends KSDP Workshop
VAP was amongst a group of 15 organizations that are using sports to empower young people that attended a one day workshop organized by seeds of peace under the auspices of Kenya Sports Development Program (KSDP). The workshop discussed among other things on how to strengthen and package KSDP as well as actively engaging organizations affiliated to KSDP and stir them to exchange knowledge and network for the purposes of empowering their respective young people that they are working with and the community as a whole. Organizations were divided into various thematic areas of their interest including: Livelihood and sustainability, peace and coexistence, Health and Education, etc.VAP joined the livelihood and sustainability group to learn and network with other organizations that are practicing the same in order to strengthen its Mrembo salon vocational training and the coming soon catering department where its young people are involved in
No sooner had the New Year started than the two former Mrembo Salon vocational training graduates: Atieno and Achieng got jobs at Hopeline Salon and Beauty centre. The two girls had to embrace a three months hair and beauty vocational training at Mrembo salon where they were also trained on computer and financial literacy. The two girls had exemplary performance both in their theoretical and practical lessons during their vocational training and this played into their advantage on the very first day of their job interviews and confirming to their boss that their job preparation was not a fluke.”Having graduated from Mrembo program, and recruited into Mrembo salon for vocational training and finally landing a job is something that am fully proud of and will never forget.I feel am fully equipped both socially and economically.”Said 16 years old Atieno.
Mrembo's Voice Goes Vital
Launched on a shoestring budget but with an ambitious goal, Mrembo program a facet of VAP is amongst the 146 applicants selected from a highly competitive pool of over 1200 outstanding applicants for the Vital Voices Global partnership class for the 2015 VV Lead fellowship program. With funding support provided by the UK government’s Department for International Development, Vital Voices have selected a group of emerging and established women leaders who provide unusual and sustainable solutions to pressing problems that have impeded women and girls’ progress to participate fully in society and the economy.VV Lead Fellowship program offers participants unique opportunities to exchange information, obtain resources and tools, mentor and be mentored, share knowledge, best practices and learning and receive training over the course of one year through offering tailored to meet your professional needs, goals and objectives. Vital Voices Global partnership was founded by: former US first lady and US secretary of states the honorable Hilary Rodham Clinton, honorable Nancy Kassebaum Baker (Senator R-KS) and honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison (senator R-TX) with a mission to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. It’s as well a preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for all.
As the world was observing the last day of sixteen days of activism against gender based violence and celebrating human rights day on 10th December, VAP’s Mrembo project zipped it up by organizing a GBV procession walk. Sixteen football teams from all the corners of Nairobi mainly composed of girls and few boys came with their guns blazing with whistles on their mouth carrying a huge banner and placards written on different types of messages in support of a girl child and under one #stopping Rape joined in the procession that started from the streets of Eastleigh, through the slums of Kiambiu all the way to Kiambiu football ground. The procession had a brief stopover at the Kiambiu chief’s camp where the chief applauded VAP’s effort in fighting gender based violence and pledged to work together and support VAP in its fight against gender based violence especially in Kiambiu slum where the prevalence of G.B.V is sky rocketing.
Scoring Against Gender Based Violence
After amplifying their voices on the streets, it was time for the teams to put their best feet forward on the football pitch and compete for the 4th annual Miss Mrembo tournament. The sixteen teams played in small sided games 7 vs 7 with football 3 methodology where boys and girls had equal time to discuss before and after the match. The methodology teaches young people to learn how to solve issues themselves and build consensus. The approach has been of great impact to VAP towards achieving its core aim of transmitting and reinforcing important messages on health issues as well addressing other topics such as gender equality, social inclusion, peace building and youth leadership.Off the field, Mrembo peer educators were at hand to take the teams through gender based violence topics, discussions and the rights of a girl child
Queens Against Gender Based Violence
Putting the cream on the day’s cake was Mrembo beauty pageant contest that attracted twelve girls from the participating teams. Mrembo salon staff were at hand with all the salon’s beauty paraphernalia to provide the necessary beauty applications to the participants who had to perform a catwalk on the runway displaying their outlook and walking styles. Vivian from Golden Angels team was crowned Miss mrembo 2015 by the two judges as a result of not only looking stunning and performing an excellent catwalk but answering G.B.V questions correctly which was the key aspect of miss mrembo beauty pageant. The winner walked away with a voucher to purchase educational supplies, one ball and one year supply of sanitary towels. Runners up walked away a voucher to purchase educational supplies, ball and six months supply of sanitary towels. Third runners up walked away with a voucher to purchase educational supplies, a ball and a three months supply of sanitary towels.”I have gained the confidence to speak out against on rape issues” Said 13 years old Vivian . “I will speak out and protect our sisters against G.B.V”.Said 15 years old Alfred.