With the world cup 2014 dust having settled down and the crowning of Germany as the world champions, VAP on the other side was very busy taking advantage of the one month high voltage world cup football fever by fully utilizing the popularity and the power of the game by delivering its football related programs in new schools. The football for hope logos on the t-shirts of VAP coaches and balls used on these programs created a lot of attention to these set of new participants as the same logos were on every team player of the world cup participating teams. At some point VAP were in a position to explain to the participants and the teachers about football for hope being a unique and global movement programme that uses the power of football to achieve sustainable social development of which VAP is part of the ambassadors. This explanation was characterized by the mentioning of the 20th anniversary of the late Pablo Escobar former Colombian national team captain who was shot due to an own goal in 1994 world cup. Pablo is the original inspiration of streetfootballworld that initially formed (Football For Hope), a strategic alliance between FIFA and streetfootballworld. The participants accepted and absorbed the concept that football carries a dynamic power to change the world for the better.”Football is a massive religion that can be easily used to change lives.”Said Mr. Shivaki a teacher at NPC high school.
After graduating from VAP’s soccer life skills programs, VAP provides vulnerable young women with an opportunity to be trained on hairdressing, beauty and financial literacy through the Mrembo (Girls) salon vocational training. Girls who complete training courses are placed for jobs in various salons and institutions and some are empowered to start their own businesses.
It’s due to this success that VAP through Mrembo program is targeting to raise $ 7000 by the end of this year to set up a Mrembo Restaurant that would provide catering training, financial literacy and employment opportunity for the Mrembo girls who graduate from life skills programs and bridge the sky rocketing gap of 67 % youth unemployment rate in Kenya. The proceeds from the restaurant would as well go towards sustaining the Mrembo program that addresses issues of sexual health reproductive amongst girls.
”Am so glad that I set up my own salon and now am independent and I can support myself.” Said Aisha. "The hairdressing, beauty, and financial trainings that I received at Mrembo vocational training, has helped me to secure a job in a salon where am getting paid.” Said Salome.
“We are calling upon well wishers from Global Giving and everywhere to support us to realize this dream where vulnerable girls would also get an opportunity to trained on, catering, financial literacy as well as creating employment opportunity for this girls to work in the restaurant or even they themselves creating their own business.”Said Nancy VAP’s Project Director.
Mrembo curriculum(A girls sexual health reproductive tool kit) has been hitting the communities for over 3 years and after getting views from the community, participants, coaches and teachers, it was high time for the curriculum to be taken to the garage for some alignment, adjustments and injection of some new fresh ideas and activities on the curriculum to catch up with the emerging trend, providing sessions that are relevant to what the youths are facing in their everyday lives. The effort of revising Mrembo curriculum was done through generous support from Women Win www.womenwin.org and individual donations through Global Giving.Views from various attendees: coaches, volunteers, staff and other invited guests from various institutions also played a major role in the review."We are so greatful that now we have a manual that addreses current issues affecting the girls of today."Said,Doreen one of the Mrembo participant who was present at the workshop.
Story Telling Workshop
20 volunteer coaches drawn from different VAP programs attended a one day of storytelling workshop where they were all trained on how to collect stories from the program participants and the community at large and how these stories are analyzed and used to shape the organization and serve the needs of the community. Volunteers were taught about the importance of conducting monitoring and evaluation and why it’s very vital as part and parcel of any particular program not only to the donors but to the program implementers and program participants. Also in attendance were representatives from other like-minded organizations who expressed interest in networking and learning with VAP.VAP intends to continue with collection of stories from program participants and community to back up its ‘Scorecard’a template that allows VAP staff to enter data offline and upload into a scoreboard which is a basic M&E that captures info including attendance, demographic data and pre/post surveys.