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.
Sustainable funding remains a key concern to many charity organizations around the world. This is amplified by dwindling funds from traditional donor sources who support projects for a limited period of time. In most instances, the organizations and communities are left stranded after completion of projects. Further Resource Mobilization strategies have in the recent years changed significantly. This therefore begs the question, with the emerging funding trends, how can non- profit organizations adopt sustainable funding? VAP represented by Business Development and I GA team was amongst the invited organizations in Kenya who were invited by The Knod Foundation and standard chartered to think together, share and sort ideas on how to tackle this. The Knod foundation in collaboration with Standard chartered organized a workshop at Serena Hotel, Nairobi and brought on board seasoned, experienced and respected personalities in the field of Resource mobilization and organizational sustainability who shared great ideas and strategies that would orchestrate charity organizations address financial sustainability within themselves.
With the Kenyan schools holiday season crowding the month of August and youth taking a commercial break from their busy academic season and avoiding being’jack’whom too much of work without play makes him a dull boy, VAP shifted its program gears to the community centres around Nairobi, providing youth with an opportunity to play as well as learning through its fun based activities.A total of 6 communities were reached out with various life changing messages.
VAP Spurs Up Varsity games with GBV Activities
VAP team was amongst the organizations invited by the catholic university of East Africa to perform in their annual corporate social responsibility event organized on 23rd of August that also included: World Youth Alliance, SEMA, catholic university of East Africa and Strathmore University. Each team of 10 players with 40 percent ladies representation converged at the catholic university grounds ready to engage themselves into: sensitization of millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post 2015 development agenda by addressing the global inequality and promoting the relationship between the common people and the institutions.VAP with its vast football for development expertise, led other teams in performing gender based violence football based activities. Participants had a chance to discuss gender issues that affect the youth of both genders in the modern world as well as sharing their own life experiences regarding GBV.
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.
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.
VAP in collaboration with Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK have completed writing a new book titled Sports-Based Health Interventions-Case Studies From Around the World. The book is an edited collection with chapters describing different projects and interventions from around the world and a cross the range of public health activity which involve a sports element, theme or take in a sports setting. The book has been published by springer publishing, New York. VAP authorized a 5,000 word chapter on the Skillz Kenya program as well as Kick ‘N’ Test, VCT and TB screening football tournaments.
Seed Grant for Story telling project.
After a successful application, VAP was awarded a seed grant by GlobalGiving that would go towards collecting stories from the program participants and the entire community to gauge and evaluate VAP’s programs impact. VAP has previously been doing the story telling collection as one way of backing up its quantitative monitoring and evaluation systems and the awarding of the grant is so timely as the research, monitoring and evaluation crew have been working round the clock to strengthen this section. The stories will be collected by volunteers and be analyzed the research monitoring and evaluation team.
VAP’s learning journey with GlobalGiving-
Global giving has been one of VAP’s old school partners and in May 2010, Mr. John Hecklinger; GlobalGiving’s chief program officer had an opportunity to visit VAP for the first time. GlobalGiving will forever be remembered for its significant mark in the heart of VAP for being the first partner whose online fundraising funds helped VAP to purchase a second hand Pentium four computer for $ 200 that eventually catapulted VAP from being an office less(briefcase) organization to an office based organization. During the visit, this is what John had to say http://tools.blog.globalgiving.org/2014/05/16/vijana-amani-pamojas-learning-journey/
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