Following up on the DST young leaders training that they received in Netherlands courtesy of Women Win, three young leaders from VAP: Ann, Carol and Liz conducted a 5 day digital story telling workshop with 16 high school adolescent girls from Golden Bridge high school. The girls were taken through a media making process that involved communicating a story in first person using digital media such as recorded voice, video, audio, still images and music. In addition they were also equipped with technical skills, knowledge and opportunity to write, produce and share their personal stories of transformation through sport as well as producing their own videos on challenges they faced, how they overcame them and the impact sport has had in their lives. DST is a unique tool for outreach, healing and recovery. As a process, the act of telling one’s story can have a profoundly empowering impact on the storyteller. Participants actively construct and reconstruct themselves and their stories through the process of narration. Sharing one’s story, it enables healing, building community, and inspiring social change.
Who's This Girl?
Ten years ago Ayoti was 12 years old and just had a first stint as both Skillz and Mrembo participant at Morrison primary school as well as playing football for Mrembo fc.Over the years she has been a great and interactive program participant and showed a high degree of charismatic leadership rooted from her days when she used to be the team captain for Mrembo FC.From her different spheres of life ,strings of achievements and accolades including sports have been on her feet even during her high school time. After her high school graduation in November 2014, she decided to keep up the spirit by joining VAP as a coach and give back to the community what VAP initially installed in her at her tender age.Ayoti is now actively involved as a certified Skillz and Mrembo coach and very busy doing what she likes most,’Changing lives’
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.