Six former Mrembo girls lifeskills program graduates have been recruited into Mrembo salon for vocational training. This follows after a successful graduation of 9 girls who spent 4 months learning on hair dressing, beauty and financial literacy. The process of placing these graduates into work places has already begun in earnest with job interviews being secured from various institutions. The new recruits will be requested to acquire their national identity cards as this is one of the impediments observed by salon manager when it comes to seeking job placements.
Seed Grant for Story telling project.
After a successful application, VAP was awarded a seed grant by Global Giving that would go towards collecting stories from the program participants and the entire community to gauge and evaluate VAP’s programs impact.VAP has previously been doing the story telling collection as one way of backing up its quantitative monitoring and evaluation systems and the awarding of the grant is so timely as the research, monitoring and evaluation crew have been working round the clock to strengthen this section. The stories will be collected by volunteers and be analyzed the research monitoring and evaluation team.
Just to ensure that the youth are not engaged in unpleasant behaviors during their holiday time, VAP diverted its programs to community centres and sports academies in different places around Nairobi. Throughout the holiday month of April, program participants were kept busy with various Double Club programs .”Since participating in Double Club program, I have improved both my football skills and literacy “Said 13 years old James from Harambee academy. “ I was very impressed with the way the youth were responding during the Double Club question and answers session and the way they were very open to disclose their past experiences and what they would like to be in the future.” Said Rashidi Shedu, the Director of star academy and former coach of Kenya football team.
"Programs that teach education and literacy like Double Club should be extended in every school and community centres so that the youth can have a great opportunity even as they have fun improving their football skills they can as well improve their literacy and education levels." Said the captain of Star academy 14 years old,Joseph.
VAP was part of the organization that took part in the matchmaking event organized by International Initiative for impact evaluation (3ie).The event took place on 28-29th April in Nairobi with an aim of matching HIV/AIDS programme implementers with researchers in order to explore possibilities of partnership. Expression of interest were invited from HIV program implementers who intended to partner with researchers to submit a proposal to 3ie’s thematic window for evaluating pilot programmes using Hiv oral self-testing.The pilot programme impact evaluations (IEs) are phase two of an Hiv self-testing evidence programme. Phase one involved formative research that would inform the design of the pilot programmes and the results of the formative research were presented at the matchmaking event. Phase two of the evidence program would provide grants for implementing pilot interventions using Hiv pilot interventions. The goal of the research is to provide evidence that Kenya National STI and AIDS, control programme(NASCOP) can use in determining whether and how to implement and scale up the availability of Hiv oral self-tests and related services such as access to counseling and linkage to care.VAP has been focusing on impact evaluation of its program conducting randomized trials that measure up take of behaviors including: Antiretroviral treatment and HIV testing. Stigma has also been identified as a major barrier to HIV testing among men 18-30 and we hope and believe that oral self-testing could be key to addressing this barrier. Participation in the matchmaking event provided a valuable opportunity for VAP to learn and contribute to important research on oral self-testing.VAP is interested in integrating oral self-testing in our annual Kick & Test football events and feels it could greatly increase our testing results.VAP is proud for the opportunity to interact with impact evaluation specialists to design an intervention that could transform HIV testing in Kenya and beyond.