Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

To integrate social and economic values through football/soccer by creating a proactive health environment.
Apr 2, 2012

VAP's Newsletter 2012 Vol.1

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOOTBALL (YDF) HIV/AIDS WORKSHOP

20 participants from different organizations including: MYSA, CFK, SEP, VAP, community coaches and teachers from various schools took part in the workshop that was held at Jericho social hall as from 20th -25th February 2012. The workshop included both theoretical and practical lessons of HIV/AIDS based on the YDF module. The practical lessons engulfed on how football can be used to fight HIV/AIDS. The workshop was facilitated by Charles Otieno, Elizabeth Okinda, Boniface Kwasi and Robert Mukora. Elizabeth Okinda who attended the YDF training in South Africa led other facilitators in conducting the YDF modules and how it can be used.

 Skillz Kenya Graduations

 During the month of January, February and March, a total of 848 students from various schools: New pumwani,Dr.Aggrey,Morrison,Muthurwa and Uhuru primary schools have so far graduated through the Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS program. The program uses the power of soccer in the fight against HIV/AIDS through a soccer themed curriculum that contains 10 sessions. The skillz Kenya program is an ongoing program that is being implemented in various schools within Nairobi.

 MREMBO PROGRAMS JOINS Kenya Adolescent Girls’ Brain Trust

 From 22nd-24th February 2011, VAP was invited by, Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) to attend a workshop in Naivasha.The workshop which was organized under the auspices of Kenya Adolescent Girls’ Brain Trust was meant to bring together adolescent girls' program providers and experts to share learning, develop program guidelines, and strengthen programming for adolescent girls in Kenya’s urban.VAP’s Mrembo program was represented by Nancy Waweru, the Project Director who also did a power point presentation of Mrembo program.. In partnership with other organizations that have girls programs, Population Council has been hosting the Kenya Adolescent Girls' Learning Network (also called the "Brain Trust"). The goal of this project is to bring together adolescent girls' program providers and experts to share learning, develop program guidelines, and strengthen programming for adolescent girls in Kenya’s urban areas.

  Streetfootballworld East Africa Network

 As a follow up to the last strategic plan for sfw East Africa Network members that was organized on 21st-23 Aug 2011,the same network gathered again for a 2 day workshop in Nairobi starting from Jan 29th-30th to discus and develop a strategic plan for the sfw East Africa Network. The network brought on board 13 sfw organizations including VAP from across East Africa that are active in development through football. The meeting ended with a clear framework of the new strategic plan document for sfw East Africa network that will be developed and absorbed by the entire group. The plan will also provide unique opportunity to exchange and develop key expertise and capacities that are vital for effective program delivery and overall operations.

    GRS/VAP Training

 As part of the continuous programmatic and technical support from GRS, the two organizations conducted a refresher training course of the Skillz Kenya program with VAP coaches focusing on strengthening M&E as well as capacity building. The training was done at vap’s office and led by Jamilson, GRS, curriculum and development officer

Outstanding Skillz Coach!

As a former graduate of Skillz Kenya program and despite being new as VAP skillz coach, 19 year old Zephaniah Andefwa is a clear indicator of VAP’s success story.Zephanie has been on the forefront and always on time when on the line of duty. He always report to his assigned centres with all the needed materials: M&E, book, pen, whistle,stop watch,playbook,etc and not forgetting his bag which he usually term it as “tool box”.

1st Batch of Students graduate from Anti-Corruption program

 Since the inception of Kick-Out corruption program last year, students from Grasam high became the first graduates of VAP’s new program. The program uses football to teach anti-corruption values to youth aged 12-20 years and it’s being implemented by VAP’s Anti corruption crusaders (ACC).

Adidas Donation

 As part of its CSR and strengthening organizations that are affiliated to FIFA through streetfootballworld, www.streetfootballworld.org,VAP received Adidas equipments from Adidas who are also partners of FIFA and streetfootballworld. The equipments which included bags,t/shirts etc have been of great value and impact to the coaches and the entire program.


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Mar 19, 2012

ANTI-CORRUPTION GRADUATION

Since the inception of Kick-Out corruption program last year, students from Grasam high became the first graduates of VAP’s new program. The program uses football to teach anti-corruption values to youth aged 12-20 years and it’s being implemented by VAP’s Anti corruption crusaders (ACC).A total of 200 students graduated through the program and are expected to teach their peers and community through formal and informal educational sessions.

 Survey evidence indicates direct correlation between income levels and incidences of bribery encountered.

 The Kenya Urban Bribery Index results indicate that those with low-income are more vulnerable to corruption than those with higher income levels. Those on the lowest income reported a 74.4% incidence of bribery encountered and those on the highest income reported a 61.9% incidence. Similar comparisons exist for other social-economic categories, such as, for example, education and employment. The findings indicate that those likely to be poor (i.e. unemployed, those with low education, etc.) are more vulnerable to corruption than the better off socio-economic groups. Respondents with primary education and below encounter bribery in 75% of their interactions with public organisations, as compared to 67% for those with secondary school education and 63% for those with tertiary education. The unemployed encounter bribery the most (in 71% of their interactions), self- or family employees 68% of the time, the business and non-profit sector 61% of the time, and the public sector employees report encountering bribery in just over half (52%) of their interactions, significantly lower than all the other groups.

 Corruption affects the poor by diverting resources and holding back development.

 A report by the African Union, presented before a meeting in Addis Ababa in September 2002, estimated that corruption costs African economies in excess of 148bn dollars a year. This figure, which includes both direct and indirect costs of corruption, i.e. resources diverted by corrupt acts and resources withheld or deterred due to the existence of corruption, is thought to represent 25% of Africa's GDP and to increase the cost of goods by as much as 20% deterring investment and holding back development. Most of the cost, the report says, falls on the poor. Through this soccer activity-based curriculum, young people in our society will be able to gain key messages that will help them stay and live corruption FREE lives hence having a developed nation.

 Sources: Transparency International

              Global corruption Barometer 2003

              World Bank, voices of the poor programme

              Kenya urban Bribery index

Mar 7, 2012

Mrembo Program Joins Brain Trust

From 22nd-24th February 2011, VAP was invited by, Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) to attend a workshop in Naivasha.The workshop which was organized under the auspices of Kenya Adolescent Girls’ Brain Trust was meant to bring together adolescent girls' program providers and experts to share learning, develop program guidelines, and strengthen programming for adolescent girls in Kenya’s urban.VAP’s Mrembo program was represented by Nancy Waweru, the Project Director who also did a power point presentation of Mrembo program.. In partnership with other organizations that have girls programs, Population Council has been hosting the Kenya Adolescent Girls' Learning Network (also called the "Brain Trust"). The goal of this project is to bring together adolescent girls' program providers and experts to share learning, develop program guidelines, and strengthen programming for adolescent girls in Kenya’s urban areas.

The learning network consists of three main components:

1.       Learning conversations: The core group of learning network members will meet monthly to discuss the different areas relevant to programming for adolescent girls. Each month's discussion will focus on a different topic (e.g., conducting needs assessments, working with parents/guardians, developing leadership among adolescent girls, providing clinical services, and developing appropriate program topics and activities). The content of each discussion will be synthesized into a summary paper, and the overall content will be compiled into a set of tools and guidelines for use in adolescent girls' programming.

2.       Technical assistance: Programs participating in the learning network have each committed to implementing at least one component from the learning conversations. Technical assistance is available in the forms of seed grants to provide initial funding for these activities, as well as sharing of knowledge and expertise among the participating members.

3.       Adolescent girls' committee: Along with the learning conversations, a group of adolescent girls from the participating programs will meet monthly to discuss the topics of learning conversations, as well as plan exchange activities between the various girls' programs. Representatives from the committee also will attend the monthly learning conversations. in addition, the network will coordinate mentoring opportunities—both professional and youth-to-youth—for the adolescent girls involved.

 

MREMBO PROGRAM SPREADS OUT TO MORE SCHOOLS 

Due the successful implementation of the Mrembo program in various schools within the Eastlands parts of Nairobi, the program has received huge demands from other schools located outside eastlands.Currently; Mrembo program is being conducted in 3 additional schools outside Eastlands.The 3 additional schools are Bondeni, kossovo and Mission of Hope all located within the larger slum of Mathare

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