WORLD’S AIDS DAY
On Dec 1, 2010 VAP in conjunction with Sports Connect a youth soccer organization based in Eastlands organized a soccer camp for under:14,18 and 20.The event was held at Buru Buru sports ground and VAP were at hand to conduct HIV/AIDS Skillz program. Amongst the Skillz conducted were: Find the ball, Risk field and Pressure limbo. These activities allow youth to explore issues relating to HIV/AIDS and gain necessary skills that lead to healthy lives. The skills are flavoured with critical thinking, communication, self-esteem and decision making amongst others.
ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR COMMUNITY CENTRES
After much concentration of delivering Skillz programs in schools, it’s now time to shift the gears and focus solely on community centres now that schools have closed for the festive holidays. With fresh information from the recent training of
coaches’ course, VAP is working with 5 new youth centres: sports connect, Mbotela foundation, shelter of hope, Madiwa city and Buru Buru sports academy as other community centres are just on the verge of their graduations.
VAP COACH GRADUATES AND LANDS ANOTHER SCHOLARSHIP TO PERSUE HER DEGREE COURSE AT UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY (USIU)
Through the sponsorship from For-Granted Inc one of VAP’s partners, Linda Kafwe a VAP coach has just graduated with a Diploma in catering from Unity College of professional studies. Linda Kafwa has been an excellent student who has been giving back her unwavering support and services to the community through VAP. Additionally, her tremendous college performance has earned her scholarship to pursue her degree course at United States International University (USIU).
The other For-Granted scholarship beneficiaries: Edwin Ochieng and David Oduor who are also VAP peer educators are still pursuing their journalism courses at East African school of Media Studies. The two have been so instrumental too and have been taking pivotal responsibilities within VAP including: newsletter development, video-shooting and photos. “Am so much grateful to all the donors who have been supporting VAP’s movement because it’s through my involvement as a peer educator for VAP that I have managed to achieve my dreams. Am also proud to continue serving our community through VAP.” Said Linda Kafwa. On behalf of Vijana Amani Pamoja,we would like to wish all of you who have been donating to our project a HAPPY NEW YEAR! .
Majengo slums is one of the slums where prostitution is on rampant. Girls as young as 11 years old exchange their bodies for as little as four dollars.
Mrembo program held a three day -November 22, 23, 25 seminar for a group of thirty six girls at Undugu Institute which is located at the heart of Majengo Slums. This came after the head teacher of Undugu requested .It came to his attention that some of the girls from the institute were engaging in prostitution. A group of six peer educators spoke candidly to the girls on topics like Relationship Sex, and Life Choices .One of the activities carried out was pressure limbo which shows how the pressure for sex increases as one grows older. And how one can avoid succumbing to the biological, social and economic pressure.
“The prevalence of young girls engaging into commercial sex is at an alarming rate here in Majengo, and most of these young girls are getting into the trap. We need more awareness programs like Mrembo so that these young girls would be informed on the repercussions.” Said Elias Ngari head teacher of Undungu Institute.
“My participation in the mrembo seminar has really equipped me with necessary life skills knowledge, information and ideas on how to stay positive and focused to achieve my dreams as a girl and also inform others”Said 18years old Sofia, a student at Undugu.
Mrembo program would additionally like to thank the schools and community centres that we partner with as well as thanking all our individual donors, corporate and not forgetting those who have been donating through Global Giving.
Twenty coaches from 20 community clubs had an opportunity to attend youth soccer and life skills training course held at the Bahati centre on 3rd-4th of November 2010 that was conducted by 3 coaches from VAP.The training course focused mostly on soccer techniques and tactical for youth aged 6-15 years as well as life skills.
During the first day in the morning hours coaches were taken through theoretical soccer drills that included: dribbling, passes, shooting ball control among others. In the afternoon each and every coach was given a ball and had to do every exercise practically as per the theory lessons. The main purpose of the lessons was to build up the entire tactical skills of the coaches.
Day two of the training was mainly focusing on life skills and how sports and soccer in particular can be used as a tool for social change. The advantage of soccer being a universal language and the most liked sport puts it ahead of all the sports and it can easily be taken advantage of to address life skills messages regarding: HIV/AIDS, alcohol and drug abuse, malaria, TB etc.Coaches were taken through a couple life skills activities that uses soccer in the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, alcohol and drug abuse that they would absorb and use during their trainings with their respective community youth clubs. In addition they were given some manuals that contained soccer related activities that address life skills that would help them to use.”This training is an eye opener to me, my club and the community that I come from.”Said Hussein Juma, youth coach from Maringo club who attended the training.
As always, we appreciate and thank all the donors who have been donating towards this project and we would urge them to keep on supporting us so that we could reach out to others and improve our society.”Nancy Waweru, Director VAP.