As from 26th-29th June 2013, VAP was invited to the FIFA's football for hope forum as a speaker. The forum was organized in concurrent with FIFA's confederations cup hosted in Brazil. This year's Football for Hope conference brought together over 200 leaders and activists in the football for development movement, representing organizations and projects from over 50 different nations, to network, learn and above all be inspired by each other's ideas. The workshops covered an extraordinary range of topics: from promoting gender equality to how to develop a communications strategy. There was even some football as the participants were lucky enough to see Brazil win their semi-final of the FIFA Confederations Cup against Uruguay.VAP was represented by Enouce Ndeche who was invited as a speaker and also had an opportunity to demonstrate to the audience activities of the Kick-Out corruption curriculum. The audience had an opportunity to learn how VAP uses football to create anti-corruption messages with the youth in Kenya.
With its ongoing campaign of empowering young girls with skills through Mrembo salon, VAP has recruited 5 new Mrembo program graduates from: Mcedo, Undugu and Kiambiu primary schools to join the salon.VAP was successfully able to train four girls for three months who complete their courses and now carry out their work with passion. Following this victory, VAP was able to assist the girls in securing jobs as they persue their life dreams and becoming more independent of their own.
Words from Mrembo beneficiary: "After finishing my Grade 8 class and after graduating from Mrembo program my family could not afford to pay for my further studies or any training course. I would stay at home idle and boys would start coming around me. The opportunity for me to join the Mrembo Salon has really boosted my life dreams and the four months training that I have had has enabled me to gain the necessary skills that are needed for the job market. I have recently done a job interview and am hoping the results will be positive and I will be able to get a job and if not I will save some money and start my own salon.” Said 19years old Benta Auma.
For the 5th time in a raw, the annual Kick N Test VCT and TB screening football tournament was held on 17th August at Jericho community fields. What made this tournament special? The teams did not get points only for winning or drawing a match, but also participating in the Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS activities, stop TB activity visiting VCT and TB screening tents over the course of the day.Additionally, on the field was a huge scoreboard referred as the (tallying centre) where teams points both from the field, VCT and TB were recorded. In the event of a normal football match tie, these extra points were more important than a point in the match.
A total of over 250 youth players were tested on HIV/AIDS status and screened on TB. Every Youth/player that was tested earned an extra bonus point to his/her team. One player from each age group was chosen as football champion, based on his/her performance in the tournament, and one as spirit champion, based on his/her enthusiasm in the Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS and stop TB activities. The event provided an opportunity for the community members of Jericho to know their status by visiting VCT and TB screening services that were provided by EDARP.
Jericho is a well known football power house area having produced the finest football players who have featured in various top clubs nationally and internationally.Subsiquently,it's also on record with the highest numbers of a myriad of social and economical challenges.
Contrary to the usual football match talk by team’s coaches during half time and at the end of the match, participants were sensitized on co-relation between TB and HIV.Skillz coaches for both TB and HIV were at hand to conduct the activities and educate the participants. Participants were also given basic questionnaires regarding HIV and TB to gauge their knowledge and attitude.