Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

To integrate social and economic values through football/soccer by creating a proactive health environment.
Sep 8, 2010

Networking Event

Through the invitation of Vijana Amani Pamoja, VAP, a total of 4 under 14 teams gathered together for a one day, friendly, soccer match as an opportunity for networking and learning from each other. The four teams were: Sadili oval, Moving the Goal Post, Christic and Mrembo .The most significant factor in these teams was that they all use football for social change despite limited sports opportunity for girls. Before the kick off, both teams demonstrated how they do use the game of football for social change.”I am so much excited to travel all the way from coast to Nairobi about 2500KM to Nairobi to come and play friendly matches as well as learning and networking from the like-minded teams. This truly shows how huge and of great impact the game of football can change our lives.” Said 13-year-old, Mwanaidi Asha, from Moving the Goal Post. The other teams: Sadili Oval had to travel 42km, Christi, 100km and Mrembo being the host. It was a great opportunity for all teams as they played and interacted with one another all in the name of networking and learning from each other.”We feel so much honored to have hosted this opportunity where we have learned a lot from our colleagues from various parts of this country. We look forward to learning more from other groups, as well, who use football for social change." Said 13 year old,Caroline Mwende from Mrembo.

Aug 16, 2010

Networking Opportunity

Through the invitation of Vijana Amani Pamoja, VAP, a total of 4 under 14 teams gathered together for one day soccer friendly match come an opportunity for networking and learning from each other. The four teams were: Sadili oval, moving the goalpost, Christic and Mrembo .The most significant factor in these teams was that they all use football for social change despite giving sports opportunity for girl child.

Before the kick off, both teams demonstrated how they do use the game of football for social change.”Am so much excited to travel all the way from coast to Nairobi about 2500KM to Nairobi to come and play friendly match as well as learning and networking from the like-minded teams. This truly shows how huge and of great impact the game of football can change our lives.”Said 13 year old, Mwanaidi Asha, from Moving the goal post. The other teams: Sadili Oval had to travel 42km, Christi, 100km and Mrembo being the host.

It was a great opportunity for all teams as they played and interacted with one another all in the name of networking and learning from each other.”We feel so much honoured to have hosted this opportunity where we have learnt a lot from our colleagues from various parts of this country. We look forward to learning more from other groups as well who use football for social change. Said 13 year old,Caroline Mwende from Mrembo.

Jul 27, 2010

Kick N Test VCT and TB Screening Soccer Tournament

INTRODUCTION

On 17th July 2010, Vijana Amani Pamoja – VAP hosted the 2nd annual Kick N Test VCT and TB screening soccer tournament. An exciting day of football, voluntary counselling, testing and TB screening. The tournament was organized under the theme of “jijue” (Swahili language, means ‘Know yourself’). A total of 16 teams both boys and girls of ages 13-18 years from all the walks of Eastland part of Nairobi converged at Bahati Community centre in readiness to participate in this unique 7-a-side street football tournament. The top two teams from each group played in the final to be crowned Kick N Test champions.

AN EXTRA BOOST OFF THE FIELD

What made this tournament special? The teams did not get points only for winning or drawing a match, but also for participating in the G-Pange HIV/AIDS Skillz, Stop TB activities visiting VCT and TB screening tents over the course of the day. In the event of a tie, these extra points were more important than the points from a match. Out of 220 participants 156 youth were tested on HIV/AIDS status and screened on TB. Every youth/player that was tested walked out with a certificate plus a bonus point to his/her team. One player from each age group was chosen as Soccer Champion, based on his/her performance in the tournament, and one as Spirit Champion, based on his/her enthusiasm in the G-Pange HIV/AIDS Skillz and Stop TB activities. A total of 23 community members got an opportunity for a VCT and TB screening services during the tournament.

FIELD CLASSROOM

During intervals and half time of both G-Pange HIV/AIDS Skillz and Stop TB activities, participants were sensitized on correlation between TB and HIV. The main theme was TB/HIV co-infection. Peer educators for both TB and HIV were at hand to conduct the activities and educate the participants. Each participant was given a pre-test to gauge their knowledge about HIV/AIDS and TB. Amongst the HIV topics were: • Definition of HIV • Modes of transmission • Signs and symptoms • Myths and facts about HIV • prevention and control of HIV Amongst the TB topics were: • Definition of TB • Modes of transmission • Signs and symptoms of TB • TB and HIV co-infection • Prevention and control of TB Finally a post-test was done which indicated that learning had taken place as the most of the children scored better marks than in the pre-test. Later on the Luis Figo Stop TB comic booklets were given out to all the participants.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Vijana Amani Pamoja would like to thank individual donors who have been donating towards our project and making this event a huge success.We are looking forward to continue changing the lives of the community that we serve through your support.We would also like you to read the attached document for more details of the tournament.


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