On 22nd September 2009, Vijana Amani Pamoja, VAP conducted a scale up training of trainersâ€™ TOT course at Kiragu social hall.A total of 15 peer educators went through a TOT that emphasised on Skills of using the power of soccer in the fight against HIV.The training also included HIV/AIDS biology and was all about a new revised curriculum dubbedâ€™Skillz curriculumâ€.Skillz curriculum now contains 10 sessions with some new and simple activities that are well tailored made for youth ages 11-20 years. â€œAm proud to attend the TOT as well as adapting the new curriculum. The lessons and activities that I have learnt will go along way towards empowering me and the youth that I will be teaching.â€ Said Edwin Ochieng, VAP peer educator.Skillz participants will be entitled to finish the entire curriculum for them to be graduated with certificates that empower them to become HIV/AIDS ambassadors and teach their peers and families.
Soccer has been like a universal language, simply arriving on any field or any open space with a soccer ball, wins INSTANT friendship. For communicating life changing messages, VAP has been using soccer as the most effective conduit because the sport: attracts youth, provides role models; key for behaviour change and itâ€™s universally understood.
VAP peer educators have so far graduated 4,300 youth from our community centres and schools and are optimistic of reaching out to 7,500 youth by the end of 2010, the year that brings global football attention to South Africa. â€œMy participation in the Skillz program has been of great impact to my life, and the lives of my friends whom I have taught. Now I can make a wise decision about my future life. â€œSaid, 14 years old Winnie Wambui, a program participant from Church Army primary school.
2010 WORLD CUP AND OUR TARGET
As the world is warming up for the biggest football extravanza, World Cup 2010 in South Africa, VAP is appealing to your continuous financial support as they strive to reach their 2010 vision of reaching out to 7,500 youth by the end of 2010.VAP hopes to empower these young people who will also be empowered to conduct peer education activities within their community, reaching out to thousands more through formal and informal educational sessions.
A total of 20 girls from Mrembo project gathered together for the first Girl Talk Forum (GTF) that was scheduled at Kiambui grounds. The forum was officially opened by the Mrembo project officer, Nancy Waweru who expressed welcoming remarks to all the attendees. Also to officially open the forum was Christine Adhiambo.”This is a great occasion that I have been looking forward to learn, network and exchange ideas and stories, especially regarding reproductive issues that are very critical towards our lives as girls. It makes me feel complete and ready to protect my future and girlhood life as I grow up, thanks for all the donors and supporters who have turned this into a reality.” Said 13year old Christine Adhiambo, a program beneficiary.
The forum created some group discussions and questionnaires to all the participants who also included girls from the neighbouring slum areas who converged to this great opportunity of their life. Group were engaged in various topics that allowed them to explore issues relating to reproductive health and gained the skills necessary to lead pro-active lives. These topics included critical thinking, communication, self-esteem, and decision making amongst others. The forum required active participation and created a team-based environment in which participants comfortably shared their feelings, beliefs and ideas about their sexual risks as young girls. One of the major issue talked about which is more prevalent in slum areas is the relationship of older men who lure young girls/school girls to have sex with them. “When I was 12 years old and still in grade 2, I came face to face with the ordeal! I was approached by a 50 year old man who had a pack of candies. He wanted me to follow him to his house and promised to give me the candies once we sleep together, but with my immature brains I had already read his minds and I run so fast to our home.'Said one of the girls..
The one day forum was very much educational and more informative to all the participants. “This has been an eye opener not only to me but to many of us who have gathered here! and even those who couldn’t manage to make, we believe that for us who have attended, we will go out and spread out the information we have learnt to our peers and the entire community that we serve. We would wish to have more of this forum in the future and have the days extended to 2/3 so that we can fully acquire more information and discussions.” Said one of the mrembo girls.
The Mrembo project is highly appreciating its donors for making this forum a big success and is requesting for more donations to arrange more forums of this nature in the future. In the meantime, we welcome any feedback from our extinguished donors because this is the only way to make us move forward. We THANK YOU so much!!
For the second time, world football governing body FIFA through its Corporate Social Responsibility granted Vijana Amani Pamoja, (VAP) with funds to boost its grassrootsoccer 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 first funding we were able to reach out to our goals and graduated the targeted number of 2,500 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.