Last week from 5th to 11th April, Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) hosted COACHES ACROSS CONTINENTS, who did incredible work by training 40 coaches for 17 hours. The event was held at Air Force grounds in Eastleigh, section 3 in Nairobi, Kenya. “We had fun and learned new coaching tactics from our visitors. At the end of it we were awarded with certificates and Newcastle United jerseys. “We are now empowered more than before and we are ready to go out there with additional information and do what we do best.” Said Charles Otieno, a coach/peer educator.
April 16th, 2010. Coaches Anna, Andy, Emily and Nick have recently finished the first year work with VAP, an outstanding program in the Eastlands area of Nairobi who use football against HIV.
“It was a physically challenging program with a lot of travel through Nairobi into some of the most dangerous sites. At all times the coaches of VAP and all the local people made our coaches feel extremely safe. It was also great to learn from VAP and see how they use football to fight HIV/AIDS.” Said Andy Old, from coaches across continent who also doubles as a Doctor.
The 7 day intensive program was a great success and VAP coaches received a Coaches across Continents certificate and a Newcastle shirt from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation upon completion of the 17 hour program.
On day 1 the VAP coaches worked for 5 hours on the Airforcefield working on games for Health and Wellness and Conflict Resolution. The training continued each day and the coaches worked their tired bodies to learn more than 35 new games including 5 new games for HIV education. VAP coaches learned coaching life skill lessons like safety first, fun games even for education on HIV, session planning and were also asked to develop a VAP style of coaching and demonstrate it during their coach training time. Credit goes to the 30 plus coaches who gave their all to pass the course.
In the afternoon our coaches worked with children from 6 community sites and alongside the VAP coaches ran some great programs in some of Nairobi’s least advantaged areas. On day 5 our coaches ran a session for 40 girls and 40 boys on an area with much broken glass on a field and where 30% of the children did not have shoes. As the session started the local drug dealers made their way over to watch and a lot of the local community turned up. Again, at all times the local people, including the drug dealers, were extremely respectful to our work and enjoyed us taking time to talk ‘football’ with them. And the local VAP coaches escorted us everywhere.
Such was the success of the program that we are delighted to announce that Coaches across Continents and VAP have agreed to a full Hat Trick Initiative program through till 2012.
On 17th April, the Mrembo program had an opportunity to host former US 1999 women world cup soccer team member, Lorrie Fair.
After playing for the US national women soccer team, Lorrie Fair founded Kick about, an organization that seeks to shine a light on the positive and inspirational side of African football - and to ensure that this side, where football is utilized as a powerful tool for social change, is nurtured and celebrated, after the final whistle in Johannesburg.Kickabout is using whatever means necessary to travel overland from the UK to Cape Town, South Africa and achieve three goals:
1) Celebrate African football at every stop they make;
2) Honor Africa’s humanitarian and sports heroes;
3) Support for the most courageous and innovative sport and development projects in Africa.
During her visit to VAP programs she had an opportunity of participating in mrembo programs and learn how girls are being empowered using soccer. “Am so amazed and excited to see how soccer can make a huge impact to the lives of young girls and make them more pro-active in health issues. Indeed soccer is a universal language and can be used all over the global to address such issues which are very critical to the lives of our young generation.” Said Lorrie Fair.
Lorrie also spent sometime with the young girls playing soccer with them. “Just to have a role model like Lorrie playing soccer and sharing reproductive health issues together us is a great ray of hope to me and my entire team. I have now been fully empowered and ready to protect my lifestyle and will focus on developing my soccer career.” Said Janet Wanjala, a mrembo program participant.
FIFA GRANTS VAP
For the third time in a row, world football governing body FIFA through its Corporate Social Responsibility granted Vijana Amani Pamoja, (VAP) with funds to boost its HIV/AIDS intervention project that creates awareness of HIV/AIDS through a soccer themed curriculum. The FIFA funding to VAP came via a strategic alliance geared towards the Millennium Development Goals between streetfooballworld; www.streetfootballworld.org and FIFA.The two have been using football as an instrument for social development for many years in a variety of ways. “We as VAP feel very much honoured and privileged to secure FIFA funds again for the second year running. Through the second funding we were able to reach out to our goals and graduated the targeted number of 3,700 students who were equipped with HIV/AIDS information and were certified as HIV ambassadors. This funding creates more trust and believe from FIFA and other donors whom we appreciate a lot for their continued support. We also believe the power of opinions, suggestions and questions in order to move forward and I take this opportunity to welcome feedback from our extinguished donors.”Said, Nancy Waweru, program officer.
The Streetfootballworld Network was set up in 2002 with the common vision to bring about social and human development through the use of football. Increased recognition of common work-that of all Network members and the team at the streetfootballworld in Berlin –has led to tremendous developments over the last years.
Streetfootballworld acts as an interface between the streetfootballworld Network members and companies and institutions that are interested in investing in and cooperating with the field of Development through Football. By offering investment opportunities (projects) and developing corporate Citizenship (CC) strategies with these interested institutions, Streetfootballworld aims at establishing a support structure for the streetfootballworld Network that enables it to expand its activities and its goals.
FOOTBALL FOR HOPE
The Football for Hope Movement is the key element of the strategic alliance between FIFA and streetfootballworld. It was created to enhance dialogue and collaboration between locally active organizations advancing social development and football associations, committed clubs and players, professional leagues as well as involved commercial partners. The Movement aims to utilize the role of football in the society in order to contribute to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
THE 2010 FUNDING
The one year funding will be used to scale up VAP’s HIV/AIDS G-pange skillz activities in 5 schools and 6 community centres by targeting 6,800 students by March 2011.With the already set 2012 initiative, VAP is optimistic that with the financial support they are appealing for-they will reach 6,800 students by the close of March 2011.