They share things in common: They double up as Mrembo graduates and Mrembo Salon vocational Skills Graduates and they are all great footballers
Victoria- Got a job at her Aunt’s salon in kawangware.”Am proud to do what am doing and I can now buy things for my own.”
Achieng- Currently undergoing further trainings in pursue of a Diploma in hairdressing.” Am hoping to look for a job after my Diploma and if need be, open my own Salon.”
Benta- After graduating from Mrembo Salon, she was employed at the salon.” Am happy to have been employed here at Mrembo Salon and also happy to have been trained as a peer educator. Am supporting my family now out of my earnings.
Sylvia- Got a job in a beauty Shop, where she is a specialist in manicure and pedicure.”Am fully independent and am supporting my younger siblings.”
On 30th November, VAP conducted a graduation ceremony of 216 Anti-Corruption graduates from Kiragu Waichahi primary school. All the graduating participants had gone through the Kick-Out corruption program and the certification was to certify them as agents of Anti-Corruption campaign. During the graduation time, all participants participated in the “Prosecution game” activity in which they were led by VAP’s Anti Corruption Crusaders (ACC). The aim of the activity was to discuss about the dangers of corruption and what would happen if the perpetrators were left to go scot free. It really generated a lot of discussion amongst the youth and how important it is to stop corruption right from the youth since the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. The key message of the game was to let the youth learn that whenever one is caught up into corruption deals and is proved to be guilty, he/she should be prosecuted so as to stop the vice and act as a lesson to others who are practicing the vice.
“Corruption has been a big problem in our country and if we can stop it, then Kenya would be more developed and everybody would enjoy leaving in this country as the standards of leaving would also be friendly to the poor.”Said Francis Njenge, a class 6 student from Kiragu Waichahi primary school.
“As VAP we are very much confident that we are building a future generation that would be in a position to reduce and eradicate corruption as we are sure that their leadership and integrity skills will be more vibrant.”This program has been made possible by the generous donations from various individuals who have been donating through Global Giving and on behalf of VAP, I would like to express my utmost THANKS to them and would also urge them to continue donating.” Said Enouce Ndeche, Director of VAP.
On 7th December 2013, VAP hosted the 2nd annual Miss Mrembo, (beauty) girls’ football tournament. A super exciting day of football, hairdressing, awareness of gender based violence (GBV) and fashion show. The tournament was organized under the theme of “Kujiamini” a Swahili word meaning self confidence. 12 girls teams aged 11-18 years drawn from all the walk s of Nairobi gathered at Jericho community grounds ready to participate in this unique small sided football game whose aim was (a) encourage and build high self-esteem amongst adolescent girls (b)encourage girls and young women to participate in sports (c)Emphasize hygiene and good grooming among girls. Identify 2013 Miss Mrembo.
Miss Mrembo crown was given to 13 years old Beatrice Wanjiru from Otto Beneka club who was selected by the judges for her splendid modeling skills and answers regarding gender based violence and sexual health reproductive from the judges. Additionally, Beatrice is also a graduate of Mrembo program, a program that addresses sexual health reproductive issues amongst girls.”I feel so much proud to be crowned the Miss Mrembo 2013. Being a graduate of Mrembo program I have learnt a lot to protect myself and make my right choices as a girl.”She received a one year supply of sanitary pads, voucher for hair and beauty services at Mrembo salon twice per month, and a voucher to purchase for school items at Tuskys stores. The runners up and 3rd place also received some vouchers. The event also provided a platform for graduation of six girls who had undergone Mrembo hair and beauty training at Mrembo salon and are now poised for attachments and job placements. Currently VAP is looking up for attachments and job opportunities for them.
"We are so greatful for the support of Women Win and all the donations that we've been receiving from Global Giving.Indeed your generous support has been the driving force of all these achievements."Said Nancy Njeri,program director.