On May 27th- 31st VAP was amongst the invited partner organizations that participated in the GRS annual Global Program Exchange held in GRS offices in Cape Town South Africa. Other attendees included program managers and trainers from: Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil and Dominican Republic. The Exchange focused on sharing best practices across organizations with hope that all participants would return home to infuse some new ideas and energy into their respective programs. Members of GRS Global partnerships and South Africa teams hosted sessions throughout the week on a range of topics, from business development and coach development to leadership, management and monitoring and evaluation.Also included were three key sessions on gender relations.VAP represented by Enouce Ndeche did a general presentation of VAP and how it conducts its programs. The Exchange program was of great value and impact to our respective organizations as it opened a window of getting to learn, share and network from various GRS partners that are using football as a catalyst to for social change in our communities
INTRODUCTION On 24th March 2013, world TB day, Vijana Amani Pamoja-VAP in conjunction with TB Action group and the ministry of public health and sanitation hosted a TB awareness football tournament at Jericho grounds. An exciting day of football coupled with voluntary counseling, HIV testing and TB screening, the tournament was organized under the theme of "Tuberculosis free Kenya!". A total of 16 teams both boys and girls of ages 13-18years from all the walks of Eastlands part of Nairobi converged at Jericho community grounds, the heart of Jericho estate in readiness to participate in this unique 7-a-side football tournament. The top two teams from each group played in the final to be crowned Tuberculosis free champions JERICHO TOWNSHIP Located in the Eastlands part of Nairobi, Jericho is an area with an average population of 200,000 people with 60% being low-income earners and 40% depending on periodical manual jobs with a few being employed in informal sectors. Jericho is a well know 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 e.g. HIV/AIDS,TB,lack of employment, early pregnancies,rape,drug abuse etc.The hosting of TB awareness football tournament in Jericho was a major boost and a heath supplement to the home of many football stars in Jericho and the community at large.The hosting of the tournament developed a great relationship with community and made a significant mark on how the game of football and its popularity can be used as a catalyst for social change. AN EXTRA BOOST OFF THE FIELD 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. In the event of a tie, these extra points were more important than a point in the match. A total of 400 participants attended the event with 180 youth players from various teams participating in the tournament Players and Community members around Jericho got an opportunity for a VCT and TB screening services during the event. Every Youth/player that was tested walked out with a bonus point to his/her team. One player from each age group was chosen as soccer 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. FIELD CLASSROOM During intervals and half time, both Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDs and stop TB activities, participants were sensitized on correlation between TB and HIV by VAP's peer educators who were at hand to conduct the intervention activities.
For the 3rd year running,VAP has been partnering with Egmont Trust which is a UK based charity that aims to tackle and reverse the impact of HIV and AIDS on children in sub-Saharan Africa. Egmont Trust has been running an award scheme and each year it has been making two awards: one that recognizes an individual and their personal inspiration commitment to the fight against AIDS and the other one that recognizes an organization and how it evolves and make a different to the lives of people affected by AIDS.
These awards are based on Egmont's assessment of the work of individuals and organizations across all those that Egmont Trust support over the past year and is intended to offer recognition for the people who receive them and those they work with.
It's out of his total dedication and commitment since the establishment of the program in 2004 that VAP's founder Enouce Ndeche was chosen as the Most Inspirational Individual amongst all Egmont Trust partners over the last year. The award will be presented in London in the month of May 21st-26th during Egmont's flagship event. The highlight of this event will be a Reception on the evening of Tuesday 21 May, when you Enouce Ndeche will receive a certificate of recognition and speak very briefly about his work and VAP's partnership with Egmont Trust.
Gabriel Tito VAP's peer educator was selected to represent Kenya at theYouth Development Football (YDF) conference on the Impact Of Football For Development. It was held from 7 - 9 November in Soweto, Johannesburg South Africa under the theme Leaving Footprints In Africa. The main purpose of the event was for youth leaders from South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Zambia to share their experiences on the impact that football for development programmes have had on their lives. The workshop, at the NIKE Football Training Centre, centred on three main topics of gender equality, HIV/AIDS and violence prevention. "We also attended a press briefing and I even got the chance to meet the 2011 South African National Team head coach, Pitso Mosimane"said Tito.
During the World's Aids day, 41 young people received free HIV testing at VAP’s third reproductive health tournament in partnership with GOAL Kenya. The event in Korogocho - one of Nairobi’s largest slums where residents have very limited access to healthcare - targeted young mothers from the local community. 36 were screened for cervical cancer wth a further nine benefiting from free family planning. De-worming tablets were also provided to 250 young children
For Granted-sponsored staff graduate with flying colours
Peer educators David Odour and Edwin Ochieng have both successfully completed diplomas in TV & Video Production at the East African School of Media, Nairobi. Their two-year academic programmes were funded by For Granted, an organisation which supports children and young people academically in underserved communities. Throughout their studies, David and Edwin continued to volunteer at VAP and together, armed with their new skills, now head up the organisation’s media department. For Granted is planning to sponsor two additional peer educators to fulfil their academic dreams. VAP is extremely grateful for their continued support.
As from November 29th,VAP's skillz Kenya program shifted from schools to community centres where a total of 124 participants aged 12-18 years both boys and girls managed to graduate from the program.
Egmont Trust Approves funding VAP for the next 2 years
After a successful 2 year funding from Egmont Trust,VAP's new funding request from Egmont Trust for the next 2 years has been approved. The funding that starts in January 2013 will enable VAP to continue scaling up its Skillz Kenya programs in schools and community centres around Nairobi."We are extremely delighted with the continued partnership with Egmont Trust.As VAP we are ever more than ready to deliver our HIV/AIDS interventions in our communities.Also i would like to thank each and every single donor who has been partnering with us either finacially or materially."Said Nancy Waweru,the program Director.
Egmont, a UK charitable trust, was founded in 2005 as a partnership between senior individuals in the financial services sector in London and New York, and professionals with significant experience of HIV & AIDS in Africa.
After a thorough assessment, GOAL Kenya has endorsed a new, four-year partnership with VAP.
VAP will receive funding to implement soccer-based sensitization outreach on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health [ASRH] targeting out-of-school youth. The funding will enable monthly outreach tournaments in deprived communities [Mukuru, Korogocho,Kariobangi and Dandora]; the establishment of two adolescent mothers’ clubs; and the formation of one male Reproductive Health club to promote the involvement of men in ASRH.
GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor.
FOOTBALL FOR HOPE CENTRE OPENS IN KIMISAGARA, RWANDA
On 2nd October 2012 another milestone was reached in ensuring that the 2010 FIFA World Cup leaves a legacy in Africa, with the official opening ceremony of the groundbreaking Football for Hope Centre in KIMISAGARA, Rwanda. Attended by VAP director, Enouce Ndeche and board member Linda Kafwa, who represented young leaders, this project is part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa campaign to build 20 Football for Hopes centres in disadvantaged communities across Africa.
The campaign emphasizes the power of football far beyond the boundaries of the pitch and the Football for Hope centres will provide a platform for communities to address social issues such as child rights, education, health, HIV/AIDS prevention, social integration and the environment. Each centre will house an artificial pitch alongside rooms for public health services and informal education and office space.
All 20 centres will be managed by an existing community organization, the 'centre host', with support from local stakeholders. . “The centres will leave a legacy for Africa that will last long after the final whistle of 2010 FIFA World Cup has been blown” said FIFA president Joseph Blatter.
Through the the centre in Kimisagara, Football for Hope aims to support local organization ASSOCIATION DES JEUNES SPORTIFS DE KIGALI, ESPERANCE and the wider community, particularly young people. The centre will address social challenges in Rwanda including peace and conflicts resolution, youth leadership and social integration.
The event was followed by the Street Football World [SFW] Network East Africa Forum 2012 on 5th October. The forum’s thematic focus was violence prevention and peaceful conflict resolution through football. The forum brought together all East Africa SFW members alongside FUDELA from Equador and AMANDLA from South Africa which brought a view from further afield on football for peace and conflict resolution.
CAC VISITS VAP FOR ANNUAL TRAINING SESSIONS
In July, five coaches from Coaches Across Continent [CAC] led an annual training session. 60 local coaches attended, from VAP and a number were also invited by the organisation. Each year, CAC visits VAP to share new football drills and lessons which can be used to effectively teach young people. This year’s topic was female empowerment with financial literacy being the key focus.
VAP GETS TUTORED ON YOUTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE AT GOAL KENYA WORKSHOP
GOAL Kenya invited two representatives from VAP, Nancy Waweru and Charles Otieno, to a 3 day behavior training workshop at Gracia Gardens from 11th – 13th September. Topics included the definition of behavior change amongst youth, formulating research and behavior analysis. Charles Otieno, VAP’s Program Officer, commented, “The knowledge gained is vital to our day to day activities.”
VAP's FIRST 2 WAY DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER
On 1st October, VAP welcomed its first volunteer from 2 Way Development, a UK-based organisation specialising in placing skilled volunteers with overseas charities.
28-year-old Hannah Adam from the UK has five years experience in marketing, public relations and business development and will be focusing on fundraising, communications and staff training . She will also conduct a research project to gather insight into how VAP’s programs can be further developed. Hannah will be with VAP for at least four months.
It is anticipated that 2 Way Development will provide VAP with many more volunteers over the comings years. This access to skilled, long-term volunteers will enable VAP to strengthen its internal structure, staff capacity and the delivery of its service.
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