To celebrate World Aids day VAP organized its annual 6th Kick N' Test VCT and TB screening tournament on December 1st 2014. A group of forty teams a mixture of young boys and girls from all the walks of Nairobi had their footmarks leading to Jericho community field in readiness to have fun, create peace as they battle HIV and TB.The flavor of the tournament was that teams were not only getting points for winning or drawing matches, but also for participating in the Skillz Kenya activities as well as visiting VCT tents for HIV testing,TB screening and other services that actually added them an extra bonus point to their respective teams. Fans and community members too were not spared as they too had an opportunity to access VCT services and donate their extra bonus points to teams of their choice..
Playing Off The Field
A total of 400 participants had an opportunity to access VCT services from Edarp VAP’s VCT service providers who had pitched tents besides the playing field. Participants had to scramble and line up for VCT services as these extra points were very crucial and important to their teams in terms of boosting their overall points. Being on a world’s Aids day, there was a shortage of testing kits all over the country and this affected the testing targets of VAP. During this tournament that also included a mixture of boys and girls in one particular team, football3 methodogy was also incorporated whereby boys and girls in each team had equal time to discuss before and after the match, and learnt how to solve issues themselves and build consensus, the approach has proven particularly useful to VAP in achieving its core aim of transmitting and reinforcing important messages on health issues such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. With health as the starting point, VAP uses its football3 sessions to address other topics such as gender equality, social inclusion, peace building and youth leadership.
Even as form four students from NPC High school are on the tail end of graduating from high school in the next few days joining thousands of other form four students across the nation, Double club program graduation came in handy as a pricasa of their graduation from the Kenya certificate of secondary examination (KCSE).Over 40 students from NPC High school had an opportunity to improve their football skills and English literacy through Double club program which aims to inspire and motivate pupils at primary and secondary level using football as a hook to instill education and show pupils learning can be achievable, rewarding and fun. All Double club graduates received certificates signed by Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger.”My football skills and English literacy levels have improved a lot. The English language and literacy part of Double Club program assisted me so well even in my KCSE English papers that I have just done.”Said 17 years old Wilfred Kamanja. “Double Club program has really improved football and English skills of NPC students. Gone are the days when people thought that being a footballer makes you an academic dwarf.” Said Mr. Patrick Lungashi a teacher at NPC.
The month of September was a month of surprise for two Mrembo VCT graduates: Benta and Faith as job openings came beckoning for them. Through efforts and a partnership made by Mrembo Vocational Training manager and 'Step In 'salon where Brenda works and 'Shine Out' barbershop where Faith works, the two girls were first absorbed as interns for one month the whole of September and later confirmed job placements in the month of October."Am happy that I can make my own money and support myself and my family."Said Faith. "I had given up my life but since I joined VAP programs and the vocational trainings, my hope started coming back. Am also so proud that I have a job to help myself and live independently."Said Benta. The entire VAP fraternity wishes both girls the very best in their future endeavors. Hands On! VAP coaches and volunteers were caught unaware when the newly recruited Mrembo salon vocational training girls emerged with salon equipments ready to treat them on: manicure, pedicure and facial as part of their practical sessions. The practicals were done at VAP's head offices where coaches and volunteers had converged for a monitoring and evaluation meeting. The exercise provided an avenue for assessment of their work led by their head trainers, Celestine Onyango and Bonila Otieno. Since the admission of the new girls in the Mrembo vocational training, there has been a significant piece of improvement for practicals and theories as well as financial literacy and computer skills that was introduced recently Girls Football Tournament Under the theme of 'Cheza Ball avoid kuget ball' which is a Swahili version coupled with some english and slung meaning, play football to avoid early pregnancy, Nairobi Brain Trust (NBT) a network composed of over 20 organizations who work with vulnerable adolescent girls in Kenya in conjunction with VAP's Mrembo program, rolled up their sleeves with VAP through Mrembo program in organizing a one day girls football tournament targeting 15 teams of ages 14-19 years. The tournament was held at Jericho community grounds attracting a crowd of over 400 people who came to watch football and witnessing participants being taken through: causes of teenage pregnancies, effects of teenage pregnancies on adolescent girls, role of sports and attending school as well as preventing early sex debut and other health talks all these provided by Mrembo peer educators. The football matches were conducted using football 3 methodologies where Prior to each match, teams came together to discuss how they would want to play the match and agree on specific rules which they would like to apply during the match where there was no referee and so players were given a chance to solve their disputes through dialogue with an aim of creating peace. Becoming A Citizen Journalist More than four organizations, VAP being one of them were invited to attend Nairobi Brain Trust NBT media workshop held at Henessis Hotel in Nairobi. The three day workshop attended by three young girls from VAP was all about how to capture compelling stories, media ethics and how to be a good Citizen Journalist in the Community and to identify a problem in the address it in a more robust way to the people affected, narrating a story as it is, work on with the community on how to come up with possible solution.