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.
62 boys and girls from Bondeni Primary School graduated from VAP’s Anti-Corruption program in July. This was the third graduation since the program’s inception, bringing the total number of participants to 250.
Over four months, the youngsters benefited from 10 anti-corruption intervention sessions.
Stephen Ndungu, Head Teacher at Bondeni Primary School, says, “I really appreciate the information that VAP has given to our kids bearing in minds that these youth are the leaders of tomorrow. Secondly these youth come from the slum making them more vulnerable to exploitation. They might end up growing up knowing that corruption is a normal way of life.”
He continues, “We all know what corruption has done to our country but with this kind of training and enlightenment we can rest assured that we are grooming future leaders with great integrity.with this kind of training and enlightenment, we can rest assured that we are grooming future leaders with great integrity.”
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.