On 24th-25th October, a sensitization on monitoring and evaluation workshop was organized under the auspices of Nairobi Brain Trust Network. The purpose of the workshop was to build the capacities of the network members on rightful knowledge, skills and techniques of assessing program activities they implement together with monitoring their programs’ effectively to the best ways of attaining the best results for the benefit of the communities they serve. Apart from building skills on M+E, the workshop was set to plan and design how it is going to conduct a baseline survey exercise that will cover the whole of Nairobi County on the context of Adolescent Girls Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights with the result going to be considered a county wide study of ASRHR. VAP being a key member of the network was represented by its M&E gurus(Maestro): Bonface Kwasi and Anne Nduku who had a lot to share with the network based on their vast experiences. The Nairobi Brain Trust is a network of Nairobi based Adolescent girls serving programs, projects or organization with a truly holistic and integrated approach to adolescent sexual and reproductive health programming where VAP through its Mrembo program fits the bill.
After a successful due diligence process conducted by Silicon Valley Community foundation (SVCF) an organization based in Carlifornia, USA, and the signing of a master agreement between the two organizations, VAP was approved as the equivalent of a US public charity and are now eligible for grants from Silicon Valley Community Foundation who use their expertise to make giving easy and effective, helping donors achieve their philanthropic goals whether local, national or International.
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Stories from the field:(Skillz Kenya Program)
“Community life is not easy, since we the youth are exposed to HIV in many ways without us knowing. From the Skillz Kenya program I have realized that the first step to stay away from HIV is to know the basic skills how to protect yourself. Just like football you have to know and master the basic skills to play the game.” 16 years old, Mohamed Osman,St.Patrick High School.
“ As young people and leaders of tomorrow,we need to take care of ourselves and exercise what we’ve been taught about HIV/AIDS because by doing so,our future and our society will be healthier and stronger” Said,14 year old Juliana Atieno from Salama Primary school
Located on the 3rd floor of a crowded residential plot with no enough playing field,Motherway high school,a newly formed school in the sprawling area of Mathare North just a few kilometres to Mathare slums was eager to learn english literacy through football regardless of the school’s status and lack of enough teachers based on the fact that it’s an informal school.
The introduction of “Double Club program for secondary school” in their school came in handy as the school lacks enough teachers for Egnlish literacy lessons and a few who are there are already overwhelmed by the ever increasing number of students from poor backgrounds who are yearning for basic education.The project runs as an after-school club,and increasingly in curriculum time with football being the motivation,and all education resoources are based on Arsenal or football in general.
“Being a young aspiring footballer,i like the program because it combines both football and education which is very key to my future.The program is giving me confidence and self-esteem in literacy.” Said John Mwambu a form 3 student at Motherway high school.
“We would like to request well wishers through global giving foundation and other sources to contribute towards this worthy cause as we continue to impact the lives of many student with education and literacy through football” Enouce Ndeche,Director