Impressed with Vijana Amani Pamoja’s [VAP] Mrembo Girls Program, Clementine Klijberg, Resource Mobilization Director at Women Win, visited the organization in June to see the initiative in action.
Women Win, an international NGO based in Amsterdam, uses sport to help females exercise their rights. Clementine’s visit and encouragement paved the way for VAP to submit a three-year funding proposal to the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi, in support of the Mrembo program. If successful, the proposal would enable VAP to significantly scale up both the capacity and outreach of the scheme.
With ‘mrembo’ meaning ‘beautiful’ in Swahili, this program aims to build and restore the inner beauty of disadvantaged young women in Nairobi. In particular, it addresses reproduction, sexual health including HIV/AIDS and issues of sexuality with girls aged 12 – 18 years.
Having only been running for three years, Mrembo is VAP’s ‘new kid on the block’ program.
HELP GET MREMBO FUNDED BY GIRL EFFECT FUND
VAP’s Mrembo Girls Program is to compete in November’s Girl Effect GlobalGiving Challenge in partnership with the Nike Foundation. If successful, this could bring much-needed funds to the scheme.
The winners of the challenge will be the six projects which secure financial contributions from the most unique donors via GlobalGiving and will become members of the Girl Effect Fund for one year. An expert panel will select a further six projects, those they believe to be the most compelling and unique, to also join the fund.
Current members of the Girl Effect Fund, which supports projects targeting marginalised girls in developing countries, are on track to receive annual funding of $30,000.
If successful, VAP will use the money to expand the program to many more schools in slum areas of Nairobi, recruit more peer educators and sponsor girls to pursue vocational training in hair and beauty. In addition, VAP would be able to ensure the delivery of the Miss Mrembo Tournament 2013, an event which combines a beauty pageant with a football tournament to build the self-esteem of girls.
The Mrembo Girls Program lacks a funding partner at present and VAP urges you to show your support.
As the competition is judged on the number of unique donors, it doesn’t matter how much or how little you give. To count, donations must be made between 1st—30th November 2012.
Donations can be made by credit or debit card, Paypal, gift card, check or wire transfer. To make a donation visit: www.globalgiving.org/2221
FIRST REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SOCCER TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF
On Saturday 16th September, girl soccer teams from Nairobi piled into a local ground in Korogocho to participate in VAP’s inaugural Reproductive Health Tournament in partnership with GOAL Kenya.
The event, part of VAP’s Mrembo Girls Program which empowers young women through sport, provided peer-led educational activities alongside HIV and cervical cancer screening. The matches were played in a seven- aside game with two boys included in each team.
88 boys and girls aged between 14 and 21 were tested for HIV with 65 females being screened for cervical cancer. The surrounding community were also able to take advantage of the field services.
A second Reproductive Health Tournament in partnership with GOAL Kenya followed on 29th September. This was VAP’s first tournament in the Mukuru area of Nairobi as the organisation strives to extend its’ message across the city. Here, 68 young people were tested for HIV and 48 girls for cervical cancer.
With many girls competing in both events, these tournaments are a key milestone in the development of the Mrembo Girls Program, VAP’s newest initiative.
VAP OPENS HAIR SALON TO GENERATE FUNDS AND EMPOWER GIRLS
Having opened its door back in May, VAP’s Mrembo Hair & Beauty Parlour in the Eastleigh area of Nairobi, is continuing to meet the beauty needs of the local community.
The decision to open the salon was an enterprising move by VAP to help generate vital funds for the organisation with all profits going towards supporting the Mrembo Girls Program. In addition, once enough money has been raised, VAP aims to use the salon to provide training opportunities and help economically empower local young women.
Managed by Bonila Sisia, an experienced hairdresser and beautician who volunteers her time free of charge, a full array of treatments are available.
For further details and to book an appointment, please email: email@example.com
After a thorough assessment, GOAL Kenya has endorsed a new, four-year partnership with VAP.
VAP will receive funding to implement soccer-based sensitization outreach on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health [ASRH] targeting out-of-school youth. The funding will enable monthly outreach tournaments in deprived communities [Mukuru, Korogocho,Kariobangi and Dandora]; the establishment of two adolescent mothers’ clubs; and the formation of one male Reproductive Health club to promote the involvement of men in ASRH.
GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor.
FOOTBALL FOR HOPE CENTRE OPENS IN KIMISAGARA, RWANDA
On 2nd October 2012 another milestone was reached in ensuring that the 2010 FIFA World Cup leaves a legacy in Africa, with the official opening ceremony of the groundbreaking Football for Hope Centre in KIMISAGARA, Rwanda. Attended by VAP director, Enouce Ndeche and board member Linda Kafwa, who represented young leaders, this project is part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa campaign to build 20 Football for Hopes centres in disadvantaged communities across Africa.
The campaign emphasizes the power of football far beyond the boundaries of the pitch and the Football for Hope centres will provide a platform for communities to address social issues such as child rights, education, health, HIV/AIDS prevention, social integration and the environment. Each centre will house an artificial pitch alongside rooms for public health services and informal education and office space.
All 20 centres will be managed by an existing community organization, the 'centre host', with support from local stakeholders. . “The centres will leave a legacy for Africa that will last long after the final whistle of 2010 FIFA World Cup has been blown” said FIFA president Joseph Blatter.
Through the the centre in Kimisagara, Football for Hope aims to support local organization ASSOCIATION DES JEUNES SPORTIFS DE KIGALI, ESPERANCE and the wider community, particularly young people. The centre will address social challenges in Rwanda including peace and conflicts resolution, youth leadership and social integration.
The event was followed by the Street Football World [SFW] Network East Africa Forum 2012 on 5th October. The forum’s thematic focus was violence prevention and peaceful conflict resolution through football. The forum brought together all East Africa SFW members alongside FUDELA from Equador and AMANDLA from South Africa which brought a view from further afield on football for peace and conflict resolution.
CAC VISITS VAP FOR ANNUAL TRAINING SESSIONS
In July, five coaches from Coaches Across Continent [CAC] led an annual training session. 60 local coaches attended, from VAP and a number were also invited by the organisation. Each year, CAC visits VAP to share new football drills and lessons which can be used to effectively teach young people. This year’s topic was female empowerment with financial literacy being the key focus.
VAP GETS TUTORED ON YOUTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE AT GOAL KENYA WORKSHOP
GOAL Kenya invited two representatives from VAP, Nancy Waweru and Charles Otieno, to a 3 day behavior training workshop at Gracia Gardens from 11th – 13th September. Topics included the definition of behavior change amongst youth, formulating research and behavior analysis. Charles Otieno, VAP’s Program Officer, commented, “The knowledge gained is vital to our day to day activities.”
VAP's FIRST 2 WAY DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER
On 1st October, VAP welcomed its first volunteer from 2 Way Development, a UK-based organisation specialising in placing skilled volunteers with overseas charities.
28-year-old Hannah Adam from the UK has five years experience in marketing, public relations and business development and will be focusing on fundraising, communications and staff training . She will also conduct a research project to gather insight into how VAP’s programs can be further developed. Hannah will be with VAP for at least four months.
It is anticipated that 2 Way Development will provide VAP with many more volunteers over the comings years. This access to skilled, long-term volunteers will enable VAP to strengthen its internal structure, staff capacity and the delivery of its service.
Impressed with VAP’s Mrembo program (“Mrembo” means “beauty” in Kiswahili and the program focuses on delivering sexual reproductive health messages for girls 12-18 years old), in June, Clementine Klijberg, Resource Mobilization director for Women Win visited VAP’s offices and the Mrembo program. Clementine's visit paved way for VAP to write a 3- year funding proposal to the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi to support the Mrembo program. The proposal that was submitted would see VAP receive approximately Euro 10,000 per year for 3 years.
Women Win (www.womenwin.org) is recognized as a leading global organization using sport as a strategy to advance women’s rights, and has emerged as a thought leader, strategically positioned at the intersection of the women’s rights and sport for development sectors. Women Win aims to raise the bar on quality programming by setting standards around good practices for girls and women's sport programs – programs that address critical issues affecting the lives of girls and women in their communities, including sexual and reproductive health concerns, gender based violence, and economic empowerment.