Even though 2014 is almost 2 months old, permit us to pause for a moment and say-Happy New Year to all of you! and also look back briefly on our side mirrors reflecting 2013.Indeed the year was a significant and incredible year for VAP as far as reaching its target, strengthening its programs, networking and staying on track with its goals, mission and vision. It would be shere negligence if we don’t say a big “THANK YOU’ to our most deserving partners, donors, supporters, individuals, networking associates, staff and volunteers who spent either their finances or countless hours, minutes and seconds for making it possible.
New Year, New Order, New Gears! for Football For Development in 2014
On 6th, January 201 4, VAP officially opened its new offices located in Buru Buru phase 2, Oldonyo Lengai road off Mumias road. The new spacious office has been divided into various organizational departments and also has space for the increasing number of volunteers both local and international. As VAP rolls up its sleeves ready to hit the communities with programs, the number of master coaches has been increased and new Skillz coaches and peer educators have been recruited, majority of them being former graduates of VAP’s programs. An organizational programs execution change has been effected as coaches will be working in “chapters” across Nairobi with various schools and communities with the new and improved “Skillz Core” and “Skillz Mtaani”curricula.These coaches will be working alongside one master coach per chapter who will as well oversee the quality of the program.Additionally, program’s monitoring and evaluation systems have been scaled up both qualitative and quantitative. VAP coaches will also be divided into committees: Events &Sports, IGA’s, Research, Media, and M&E.These committees will be responsible for their respective duties and targets and will be meeting once in a month.
VAP’s Coach to Attend UNOSDP Youth Leadership Conference in Berlin!
23 year old, Anne Nduku, a vast experienced coach has been selected to attend the Youth Leadership Forum organized by the United Nations office of Sports and Development (UNOSDP) slated for xxx in Berlin, Germany.The forum is meant to give youth leaders a chance to reflect on the lessons at hand, to connect their learning to real-life situations, and will enable them to apply the knowledge to their communities. They will also gain a wide range of topics relating to Sport for Development as well sharing best practices from their projects or promoting interaction among the youth in order to learn methods of implementation from each others unique projects and programmes. Anne who also belongs VAP’s monitoring and evaluation team, is very eager to share and learn from other projects.
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.
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
4th-6th September 2013, Sports for social change Network organized a Transformation and Development through Sports (TADS) conference in Pretoria, South Africa. The conference brought together 50 German and Africa organizations that use sports for social change. The idea of the initiative “Commitment for Africa” – launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 2012 – is to link civil society organizations from Germany and African countries engaged in the field of sport for social change and to foster civic engagement. The outcome of this matchmaking process was to have African-German exchange and partnership initiatives that contribute to social change. VAP being one of the invited organizations, managed to form partnership with various German and African organizations. The subject of all African-German partnership projects in the context of “Commitment for Africa” shall be a contribution to positive social change / strengthening civil society through sport.
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.
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