Gabriel Tito VAP's peer educator was selected to represent Kenya at theYouth Development Football (YDF) conference on the Impact Of Football For Development. It was held from 7 - 9 November in Soweto, Johannesburg South Africa under the theme Leaving Footprints In Africa. The main purpose of the event was for youth leaders from South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Zambia to share their experiences on the impact that football for development programmes have had on their lives. The workshop, at the NIKE Football Training Centre, centred on three main topics of gender equality, HIV/AIDS and violence prevention. "We also attended a press briefing and I even got the chance to meet the 2011 South African National Team head coach, Pitso Mosimane"said Tito.
During the World's Aids day, 41 young people received free HIV testing at VAP’s third reproductive health tournament in partnership with GOAL Kenya. The event in Korogocho - one of Nairobi’s largest slums where residents have very limited access to healthcare - targeted young mothers from the local community. 36 were screened for cervical cancer wth a further nine benefiting from free family planning. De-worming tablets were also provided to 250 young children
For Granted-sponsored staff graduate with flying colours
Peer educators David Odour and Edwin Ochieng have both successfully completed diplomas in TV & Video Production at the East African School of Media, Nairobi. Their two-year academic programmes were funded by For Granted, an organisation which supports children and young people academically in underserved communities. Throughout their studies, David and Edwin continued to volunteer at VAP and together, armed with their new skills, now head up the organisation’s media department. For Granted is planning to sponsor two additional peer educators to fulfil their academic dreams. VAP is extremely grateful for their continued support.
As from November 29th,VAP's skillz Kenya program shifted from schools to community centres where a total of 124 participants aged 12-18 years both boys and girls managed to graduate from the program.
Egmont Trust Approves funding VAP for the next 2 years
After a successful 2 year funding from Egmont Trust,VAP's new funding request from Egmont Trust for the next 2 years has been approved. The funding that starts in January 2013 will enable VAP to continue scaling up its Skillz Kenya programs in schools and community centres around Nairobi."We are extremely delighted with the continued partnership with Egmont Trust.As VAP we are ever more than ready to deliver our HIV/AIDS interventions in our communities.Also i would like to thank each and every single donor who has been partnering with us either finacially or materially."Said Nancy Waweru,the program Director.
Egmont, a UK charitable trust, was founded in 2005 as a partnership between senior individuals in the financial services sector in London and New York, and professionals with significant experience of HIV & AIDS in Africa.
On Saturday 10th November, 54 successful graduates of the Kick-Out Corruption program took to the pitch at VAP’s first ever anti-corruption football tournament at Mcedo Primary School in Mathare, Nairobi. The celebratory event marked the completion of the Kick-Out Corruption program which has been running at the school for the past three months. Using football-inspired activities, the program aims to teach young people aged 11 – 21 on the reality of corruption with practical advice on how to avoid and overcome this vice.
Mathare is one the largest slums in Nairobi and Mcedo Primary School relies on support from the World Food Programme to provide lunches for its’ pupils. With very little in the way of weekend entertainment and organised sport in the area, the tournament was welcomed by the children and adolescents who both played and watched.
On the day
The 54 graduates, aged between 12 and 16 years, were divided into nine six-person teams based on individuals’ career ambitions – judges, managers, engineers, lawyers and doctors clashed with teachers, politicians, chiefs and CEOs in a closely fought match.
During the football games, cones labelled with corruption drivers including cronyism, favoritism, greed, bribery, nepotism, tribalism and blackmail blocked the path of players. If a player stepped on a ‘corruption cone’ their team was forced to do a forfeit of 20 star jumps for committing an act of corruption with a point being awarded to the opposing team.
The aim of the game was to illustrate that corruption penalises the majority and stands in the way of individuals achieving their life ambitions. It is through these kinds of practical examples that VAP effectively harnesses the power of football as an education tool, conveying key messages regarding corruption in an enjoyable and memorable way.
Each team competed enthusiastically – despite many participants playing without shoes on the rocky pitch – and there was some real sporting talent on display as the local community cheered from the side lines. Whilst the emphasis was on taking part, it was the engineers team who were declared the overall winners.
After the tournament, juice and snacks were provided to the players followed by a graduation ceremony in the school grounds which was attended by VAP’s Executive Director EnouceNdeche along with several along staff members. Each Kick-Out Corruption graduate was presented with a certificate to not only congratulate them on their achievement but to also serve as a reminder of the program’s messages of leadership and integrity.
The vast majority of program graduates at Mcedo Primary School readily attended and participated in the tournament. It was not only an enjoyable event but the tournament also served as a final reminder of the anti-corruption messages which the young people have benefited from during the three-month intervention.
With over 50 local children and adolescents turning out to watch the tournament, the event was a real success in terms of community engagement and helping VAP’s anti-corruption message to ‘ripple out’ beyond simply the individuals in each intervention.
On 23rd September 2012, Vijana Amani Pamoja in partnership with GOAL KENYA hosted the 1st edition of reproductive health football tournament targeting young mothers from all the walks of Korogocho. An exciting day of football, voluntary counseling, VCT testing,cervicalscreening and immunization brought together a total of 16 young mothers teams that also included 2 young fathers in each team . The tournament was organized under the theme of “Afya Leo ni Uzima Kesho”health today is live tomorrow. The teams converged at Korogocho community grounds, in readiness to participate in this unique 7-a-side football tournament.
Located in the Eastlands part of Nairobi Korogocho slum is the 3rd biggest slum in Nairobi with an average population of 150,000 slum dwellers. Majority of the people are depending on periodical manual jobs with a few being employed in informal sectors.Subsiquently,the slum is also on record with the highest numbers of a myriad of social and economical challenges ranging from :HIV/AIDS, TB, crime, lack of employment early pregnancies, rape, drug abuse etc.Despite the social and economic problems that engulf Korogocho, the area is a platinum standard as a football power house, having produced the finest youth football players who have represented Kenya in various international and national youth football tournaments. The hosting of reproductive health football tournament in Korogocho developed a great relationship with the community as far as preventing and solving out some of the social challenges and left a significant mark on how sports can be used as a catalyst for social change.
AN EXTRA BOOST OFF THE FIELD
What made this tournament special? The focus was not on which team won or lost but more on the participation of teams in the Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS activities, VCT counseling and testing, cervical screening, family planning, and immunization services that were provided to the team members by Ministry of Health and sanitation.. A total of 472 young mothers and youth were reached out and tested on HIV,cervical screening, family planning and other services.Additionally.The community members around Korogocho also took the opportunity of the off field services and they too received similar services
During intervals and half time participants were taken through Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS awareness activities by VAP's Skillz coaches and were given basic questionnaires regarding HIV/AIDS to gauge their knowledge and attitudes about HIV/AIDS.