VAP was amongst the institutions and organizations around the world that were marking the International Anti- corruption day this December by organizing for the third edition of ‘Kick-Out corruption ‘tournament held at Kiambiu playing grounds. The tournament brought on board ten teams from a diverse professional that the players would wish to become when they grow up eg.Judgesfc, Politicians fc, Police fc, Senators, Doctors fc etc.The tournament was coupled with Kick-Out corruption activities conducted by VAP’s Anti-corruption crusaders (ACC) that focused on ethics and integrity as well as values of leadership. The teams led by the ACC discussed amongst other issues the elements that trigger corruption e.g greed, favorism, bribery, nepotism, tribalism etc.The Doctors fc emerged the winners of the tournament by trouncing police fc by one goal to nil. Winners were awarded with vouchers to purchase educational supplies and a ball. Runners up and third runners up were all awarded with two balls each.”Now that I have learnt about the effects of corruption, I want to be an anti-corruption advocate and enhance the economical gains of our county. Said 14 year old James from Police fc.
To celebrate World Aids day VAP organized its annual 6th Kick N' Test VCT and TB screening tournament on December 1st 2014. A group of forty teams a mixture of young boys and girls from all the walks of Nairobi had their footmarks leading to Jericho community field in readiness to have fun, create peace as they battle HIV and TB.The flavor of the tournament was that teams were not only getting points for winning or drawing matches, but also for participating in the Skillz Kenya activities as well as visiting VCT tents for HIV testing,TB screening and other services that actually added them an extra bonus point to their respective teams. Fans and community members too were not spared as they too had an opportunity to access VCT services and donate their extra bonus points to teams of their choice..
Playing Off The Field
A total of 400 participants had an opportunity to access VCT services from Edarp VAP’s VCT service providers who had pitched tents besides the playing field. Participants had to scramble and line up for VCT services as these extra points were very crucial and important to their teams in terms of boosting their overall points. Being on a world’s Aids day, there was a shortage of testing kits all over the country and this affected the testing targets of VAP. During this tournament that also included a mixture of boys and girls in one particular team, football3 methodogy was also incorporated whereby boys and girls in each team had equal time to discuss before and after the match, and learnt how to solve issues themselves and build consensus, the approach has proven particularly useful to VAP in achieving its core aim of transmitting and reinforcing important messages on health issues such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. With health as the starting point, VAP uses its football3 sessions to address other topics such as gender equality, social inclusion, peace building and youth leadership.
Even as form four students from NPC High school are on the tail end of graduating from high school in the next few days joining thousands of other form four students across the nation, Double club program graduation came in handy as a pricasa of their graduation from the Kenya certificate of secondary examination (KCSE).Over 40 students from NPC High school had an opportunity to improve their football skills and English literacy through Double club program which aims to inspire and motivate pupils at primary and secondary level using football as a hook to instill education and show pupils learning can be achievable, rewarding and fun. All Double club graduates received certificates signed by Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger.”My football skills and English literacy levels have improved a lot. The English language and literacy part of Double Club program assisted me so well even in my KCSE English papers that I have just done.”Said 17 years old Wilfred Kamanja. “Double Club program has really improved football and English skills of NPC students. Gone are the days when people thought that being a footballer makes you an academic dwarf.” Said Mr. Patrick Lungashi a teacher at NPC.