On 7th December 2013, VAP hosted the 2nd annual Miss Mrembo, (beauty) girls’ football tournament. A super exciting day of football, hairdressing, awareness of gender based violence (GBV) and fashion show. The tournament was organized under the theme of “Kujiamini” a Swahili word meaning self confidence. 12 girls teams aged 11-18 years drawn from all the walk s of Nairobi gathered at Jericho community grounds ready to participate in this unique small sided football game whose aim was (a) encourage and build high self-esteem amongst adolescent girls (b)encourage girls and young women to participate in sports (c)Emphasize hygiene and good grooming among girls. Identify 2013 Miss Mrembo.
Miss Mrembo crown was given to 13 years old Beatrice Wanjiru from Otto Beneka club who was selected by the judges for her splendid modeling skills and answers regarding gender based violence and sexual health reproductive from the judges. Additionally, Beatrice is also a graduate of Mrembo program, a program that addresses sexual health reproductive issues amongst girls.”I feel so much proud to be crowned the Miss Mrembo 2013. Being a graduate of Mrembo program I have learnt a lot to protect myself and make my right choices as a girl.”She received a one year supply of sanitary pads, voucher for hair and beauty services at Mrembo salon twice per month, and a voucher to purchase for school items at Tuskys stores. The runners up and 3rd place also received some vouchers. The event also provided a platform for graduation of six girls who had undergone Mrembo hair and beauty training at Mrembo salon and are now poised for attachments and job placements. Currently VAP is looking up for attachments and job opportunities for them.
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After 4 years of delivery, VAP’s programme’s team identified that SKILLZ Kenya, the in-school, sport-based HIV prevention curriculum targeting 11-19 year olds, was out of date and too broad for the target audience. To respond to this problem, VAP collaborated with Grassroot Soccer (GRS) to review and revise SKILLZ Kenya, making two new curricula: a curriculum targeting primary school age groups (9-14), called SKILLZ Core and a curriculum targeting secondary school age groups (15-22), called SKILLZ Mtaani. These two new curricula are tailored to the specific age groups, providing sessions that are relevant to what the youths are facing in their everyday lives (e.g. SKILLZ Mtaani tackles intimate partner violence and relationships with the secondary school participants).
Through October and November 2013, VAP field-tested new curriculum content for SKILLZ Core and SKILLZ Mtaani. In early December 2013, Jamison Merrill, GRS’ Curriculum Development Manager, delivered a 3-day Curriculum Development Workshop to receive feedback on content for SKILLZ Core and SKILLZ Mtaani from a variety of local stakeholders, including VAP Coaches and partners. GRS and VAP will finalize the curriculum by mid-January 2014, before the next school year begins.
On 22nd November 2013, CREA a feminist human rights organization based in New Delhi, India organized a one day open forum in Nairobi under the theme of: Inspiring to Aspire: Encouraging Young Women to seize Leadership Opportunities.CREA works with the grassroots, national and international levels together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movement and networks. It also works to advance the rights of women and girls and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people advocating for positive social change through national and international fora providing training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its institutes. The forum was attended by VAP’s Mrembo program representatives who also networked and exchanged knowledge with various attendees amongst them Kenyan women members of parliament, senators and country representatives who gave their personal insights regarding issues facing girl child and women as a whole.