Using the power of soccer to fight HIV/AIDS

 
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Nov 28, 2010

Curriculum Development Workshop

Informed by years of field experience and technical expertise in curriculum design, GRS in collaboration with Vijana Amani Pamoja, VAP commenced the development of a Skillz Kenya curriculum (a Kenya-specific version of Grassroot Soccer's youth focused evidence based HIV prevention curriculum).The workshop was held in Nairobi from September 15-17, at Bahati PCEA Church in Eastlands, Nairobi and was facilitated by GRS Staff member Taylor Downs.

GRS and VAP invited staff from several like-minded organizations e.g. MYSA, Carolina For Kibera, WISER, HIV-FREE Generation, coaches and teachers who are vastly experienced in curriculum development, youth HIV prevention programming and youth education to participate in creating Skillz Kenya, and were proactively working to gather inputs from kids (direct beneficiaries), community volunteers,, community education, mobilization specifics), and patner organization (experts on Kenyan context and local HIV prevention response) GRS/VAP led the workship team through a critical analysis of the current skills curriculum and work to tailor the guide to Kenyan context and Curriculum and national HIV/AIDS response mandates  

EGMONT TRUST THROWS A SPANNER INTO VAP’S WORK

Through VAP’s long time partner GRS VAP has received a small grant to scale up its HIV/AIDS intervention programs. The Egmont trust combines professionals from the London and New York financial sectors with HIV/AIDS pioneers who have been addressing the negative effects of  disease for a combined 50 plus years. The one year funding scheduled to begin in November 2010 is estimated to reach out to 1,200 participants who will be empowered with HIV/AIDS awareness information through the new skill program. Through the grant support from Egmont trust, Grassroot soccer conducted a 5 day training of coaches for 20 VAP coaches. The training was also in line with new Skillz Kenya curriculum that was in the developing process since September 13.The new curriculum has more of a Kenyan face and context as well as national HIV/AIDS response mandate.

VAP OPENS A NEW OFFICE

On 10th Nov 2010, VAP experienced a new dawn by officially opening a new ground office that is located right in the centre of Kiambiu slums. The 2 room office that also consists of a small resource room will easen and facilitate VAP’s programs hence reaching out its community adequately. The office was officially opened by Leah Dozier, Grassrootsoccer’

s Director of Global operations and witnessed by VAP’s coaches.

GRADUATIONS

 

VAP has for the lsat few months graduated 1320 students from: kings shool,Ngei school,homeless Kenya team and Goodhope school.

 

VOLUNTEER’S EXPERIENCE

 

The Global Education Network of Young Europeans (GLEN) in partnership with VAP managed to send two student volunteers to do internship with VAP for a period of three months commencing on July 6th 2010 to 6th October 2010.The two: Edgar Lipping from Estonia and Lucas Klaus from Germany have been helping out in various disciplines e.g. monitoring and evaluation, editing and curriculum development.

       

Sep 21, 2010

SKILLZ KENYA CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Informed by years of field experience and technical expertise in curriculum design, GRS in collaboration with Vijana Amani Pamoja, VAP commenced the development of a Skillz Kenya curriculum (a Kenya-specific version of Grassroot Soccer's youth focused evidence based HIV prevention curriculum).The workshop was held in Nairobi from September 15-17, at Bahati PCEA Church in Eastlands, Nairobi and was facilitated by GRS Staff member Taylor Downs.

GRS and VAP invited staff from several like-minded organizations e.g. MYSA, Carolina For Kibera, WISER, HIV-FREE Generation, coaches and teachers who are vastly experienced in curriculum development, youth HIV prevention programming and youth education to participate in creating Skillz Kenya, and were proactively working to gather input from kids (direct beneficiaries), community volunteers (community education/mobilization specialists), and partner organizations (experts on Kenyan context and local HIV prevention response). During this 3-day workshop, GRS and VAP led the workshop team through a critical analysis of the current Skillz curriculum and work to tailor the guide to Kenyan context and national HIV/AIDS response mandates.”The workshop has been so intense and informative. The new curriculum will have a direct Kenyan context that is suitable and customized for the Kenyan youth. I can’t wait to use the new curriculum come November, 2010 and use it with the youth.”Said Eligious Basil, VAP’s peer educator. VOLUNTEERS’S EXPERIENCE The Global Education Network of Young Europeans (GLEN) in partnership with VAP managed to send two student volunteers to do internship with VAP for a period of three months commencing on July 6th 2010 to 6th October 2010. The two: Edgar Lipping from Estonia and Lucas Klaus from Germany have been helping out in various disciplines eg.monitoring and evaluation, editing and curriculum development.”It has been so amazing to see how VAP is using the power of soccer to change the lives of young people, my firsthand experience has really been so great to me as well and I have learned a lot. Programs like VAP need more partners and funding to able to reach a larger scale of youth who need this unique kind of services.” Said Edgar Lipping.


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Sep 9, 2010

Vijana Amani Pamoja's Quaterly Newsletter

Msimamo newsletter is Vijana Amani Pamoja’s quarterly bulletin that contains in-depth news, stories and activities that take place within VAP and the community that it serves. The newsletter gives a clear picture of WHO we ARE and WHAT we do. Msimamo means””MY STAND.” C.E.O’s MESSAGE It seems strange that the World Cup has now come and gone and the dust has finally settled down with vuvuzelas’ voices disappearing in the thin air!. For Africa as a whole, this has been a major achievement in the global football arena and special thanks goes to South Africa for being the host and having worked tirelessly towards the preparation of the event for over four years. That said, what a fantastic time – any doubts about South Africa’s ability to pull it off have surely been laid to rest. It was truly (Kenako!) .If only some of the teams had lived up to expectations! One of the biggest highlights for Vijana Amani Pamoja was its participation in the FIFA’s Festival 2010 which ran for the final two weeks of the World Cup in Alexandria, Johannesburg. Organisations using football for development converged from around the world to take part in this official FIFA and streetfootballworld event. Even though VAP didn’t have a team participating in the games, the representation of Enouce Ndeche to the events was a significant spirit of solidarity. MREMBO GOES A NOTCH HIGHER After having a long spell of time delivering the Mrembo skillz which is entirely zeroed on sexual health reproductive messages to (GIRLS) in Kiambiu slum, Mrembo program is spreading its tentacles to schools. The first school to benefit from the Mrembo program is Child survival, located in the middle of Majengo slums. The school has a total of 250 girls all coming from underprivileged families with a myriad of life challenges.”It has not been easy to get a program like Mrembo that addresses the challenges of a girl child and empowers them, given the fact that most programs are boys focused.” Said Mr. Joseph Onyango, the head teacher of Child survival.

GRADUATIONS A total of 3000 student participants from different schools and community centres have so far graduated from the G-pange Skillz HIV/AIDS awareness program. These students have been provided with potential life-saving information and skills to live HIV-free. They have been empowered to conduct peer education activities within community, and to reach out to more others through formal and informal sessions.

G-PANGE SKILLZ STRETCHES OUT TO NEW SCHOOLS AND CENTRES Due to the initial success of the G-pange skillz and subsequent increased demand from schools and community centres for this innovative HIV prevention methodology, VAP is now reaching out to 5 new schools and 4 community centres. The introduction of the G-Pange program is a spanner in the works towards these schools’ HIV/AIDS clubs, extra-curriculum activities and most of all their life skills. The expansion is as a result of continuous support from FIFA (footballforhope) and GTZ (youth development football).

SPORTS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE AFRICAN YOUTH FORUM During the world cup 2010, the Sport for Social Change Network hosted a conference to further develop the relationships between network members and provide an opportunity for dialogue and debate. The conference was supported by their partners, Nike and GTZ YDF.Eligious Basil one of the peer educators from Vijana Amani Pamoja was selected to represent VAP and Kenya to attend the SSCN African Youth Forum in Pretoria. The Conference was an excellent opportunity to engage with other organisations throughout Africa using sport as a tool for development. Over the three days there was a variety of discussions and seminars. A few highlights included the Mango financial management training, the pizza-making on the last night as well as discussing “The way forward” for the SSCN. A major focus for the SSCN is to ensure that youth are actively engaged at all levels of decision making. A total of 33 young leaders from ten African countries gathered together at this Forum which aimed to provide a platform for youth to engage in policy-making and share their experiences as youth involved with sport for social change. As a celebration of the launch of the Forum, the participants were each given a ticket through the Sony Ticket Fund to watch Brazil play a World Cup game at Soccer city! KICK N TEST VCT AND TB SCREENING SOCCER TOURNAMENT For the second time running on 17th July 2010, VAP organized the 2nd annual Kick N Test and TB screening soccer tournament, and for the very first time bringing to the fore the TB aspect and mainly its co-relationship with HIV/AIDS. What made this tournament special? The teams did not get points only for winning or drawing a match, but also for participating in the G-Pange HIV/AIDS Skillz, Stop TB activities 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 the points from a match. Out of 220 participants 156 youth were tested on HIV/AIDS status and screened on TB. Every youth/player that was tested walked out with a certificate plus 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 G-Pange HIV/AIDS Skillz and Stop TB activities. A total of 23 community members got an opportunity for a VCT and TB screening services during the tournament.

STOP TB PROGRAM. Since the inception of Stop TB program, VAP is currently impacting the lives of 230 students from Rescue Dada centre who are going through the Stop TB program. The program aims to empower students with more knowledge about TB and its co-relation with HIV/AIDS by using soccer.For more info,please read the attached document.


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Jul 27, 2010

Kick N Test VCT and TB Screening Soccer Tournament

INTRODUCTION

On 17th July 2010, Vijana Amani Pamoja – VAP hosted the 2nd annual Kick N Test VCT and TB screening soccer tournament. An exciting day of football, voluntary counselling, testing and TB screening. The tournament was organized under the theme of “jijue” (Swahili language, means ‘Know yourself’). A total of 16 teams both boys and girls of ages 13-18 years from all the walks of Eastland part of Nairobi converged at Bahati Community centre in readiness to participate in this unique 7-a-side street football tournament. The top two teams from each group played in the final to be crowned Kick N Test champions.

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 for participating in the G-Pange HIV/AIDS Skillz, Stop TB activities 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 the points from a match. Out of 220 participants 156 youth were tested on HIV/AIDS status and screened on TB. Every youth/player that was tested walked out with a certificate plus 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 G-Pange HIV/AIDS Skillz and Stop TB activities. A total of 23 community members got an opportunity for a VCT and TB screening services during the tournament.

FIELD CLASSROOM

During intervals and half time of both G-Pange HIV/AIDS Skillz and Stop TB activities, participants were sensitized on correlation between TB and HIV. The main theme was TB/HIV co-infection. Peer educators for both TB and HIV were at hand to conduct the activities and educate the participants. Each participant was given a pre-test to gauge their knowledge about HIV/AIDS and TB. Amongst the HIV topics were: • Definition of HIV • Modes of transmission • Signs and symptoms • Myths and facts about HIV • prevention and control of HIV Amongst the TB topics were: • Definition of TB • Modes of transmission • Signs and symptoms of TB • TB and HIV co-infection • Prevention and control of TB Finally a post-test was done which indicated that learning had taken place as the most of the children scored better marks than in the pre-test. Later on the Luis Figo Stop TB comic booklets were given out to all the participants.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Vijana Amani Pamoja would like to thank individual donors who have been donating towards our project and making this event a huge success.We are looking forward to continue changing the lives of the community that we serve through your support.We would also like you to read the attached document for more details of the tournament.


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Jun 25, 2010

Research Study on HIV/AIDS

Coxswain Social Investment Plus, on behalf of Football for an HIV Free Generation (F4), is pleased to release the study, “Using Football for HIV/AIDS Prevention in Africa.” Thank you for contributing your time to assist with the evaluation and for your continued work in fighting HIV and AIDS.

To help your organization take advantage of the study release and the media attention for the World Cup and the upcoming International AIDS Conference, we have put together a media toolkit. This kit contains the following materials:

 Press release  Questions and answers on the report  Fact sheet on football for HIV prevention in Africa

We encourage you to reach out to your local media contacts both to publicize your work and to build further awareness on football as a vehicle for preventing HIV/AIDS in African youth. We hope the tools we have assembled will assist you.

We also anticipate that you will be able to use the study to gain recognition and mobilize funding for your important work.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vijana Amani Pamoja JUNE 23, 2010 254723954556 endeche@yahoo.com

Football Programs Score Against HIV/AIDS

NAIROBI, KENYA – A new study, released by Coxswain Social Investment, finds football programs are uniquely successful in preventing the spread of HIV. Vijana Amani Pamoja is featured in the study for its success in using the power of soccer in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The study, “Using Football for HIV/AIDS Prevention in Africa”, was conducted in the months leading up to the World Cup. The question for the researchers was, “Football has tremendous convening power, but do football-based programs really make a difference in preventing HIV?” According to the study, the answer is unequivocally - yes.

Most importantly, the study found football programs can lead to profound behavior change, which is the key to prevention. All successful cases of reversing national HIV epidemics involved broad-based changes in behavior.

The study also highlighted that football programs are successful with hard-to-reach audiences and at tackling sensitive issues within the safety of the team. Because of its appeal to young audiences, football can reach those most at risk. Half of all new infections in sub-Saharan Africa occur between the ages of 15 and 24.

The AIDS epidemic is the most significant public health challenge on the African continent. More than two-thirds (67%) of those living with HIV are in Africa. While preventing new infections is the key to reversing the epidemic, globally prevention services reach only 20 percent of those in need.

Coxswain Social Investment conducted the study using interviews, research, and survey questionnaires. While it is not a UNAIDS study, experts from UNAIDS contributed their time, experience, and resources to the evaluation. It is a legacy product of the Football for an HIV-Free Generation Initiative.

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“Using Football for HIV/AIDS Prevention in Africa” Questions and Answers

Q: What is the study’s most significant finding?

A: Football-based HIV prevention programs are particularly successful in creating lasting behavior change. This is the key to reversing the epidemic, as successful national programs have shown.

They are able to create this change for many reasons, including the interactive nature of the coach-player relationship, the emphasis on skills transfer inherent in football training, and the supportive team environment.

Q: What are the other main findings of the study?

A: In addition to successful behavior change, the study found the following:  Football-based programs are an exceptionally flexible platform for prevention programs;  They empower individual coaches and peers to make a difference;  Programs are rooted in participants’ lives;  Football-based programs can also teach correct condom use;  Programs serve vulnerable groups in hard-to-reach settings;  There is a major role for media in highlighting local leaders and spreading messages;  Celebrity footballers and coaches can play a transformative role;  Football programs are effective foundations for partnerships, and  Football tournaments and other gatherings can be used to offer a range of health services and lower the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.

Q: Who conducted the study?

A: Coxswain Social Investment conducted the study using interviews, research, and survey questionnaires. While it is not a UNAIDS study, experts from UNAIDS contributed their time, experience, and resources to the evaluation.

Q: Are celebrity footballers effective spokespeople for HIV prevention?

A: Celebrity footballers do bring international attention and prestige to programs, increasing the commitment of those operating them. At the same time, many programs use local coaches and peer mentors as spokespeople, with a great deal of success. Highlighting local leaders encourages others to follow in their path.

Q: What role can media play?

A: Media can highlight the work of individual players and coaches, encouraging others to get involved. It can also transmit prevention messages and support advocacy efforts.

Kicking HIV/AIDS out of Africa A Fact Sheet on Football for HIV Prevention Among African Youth

HIV and AIDS in Africa

 The AIDS epidemic remains the most significant public health challenge in Africa.  22.4 million people were living with HIV in Africa at the end of 2008, accounting for more than two-thirds (67%) of all those living with HIV.  In sub-Saharan Africa, half of all new infections are estimated to occur among those aged 15 to 24.

Reversing the Epidemic

 New HIV infections were reduced by 17% over the eight years preceding 2009.  Prevention is the key to reversing the epidemic.  As a sexually transmitted disease, human behavior is the main variable.  Research shows that football-based programs can create long-lasting behavior change.  Countries reporting declines in HIV prevalence have recorded the biggest changes in behavior and prevalence among young people.  In all cases where national HIV epidemics have been reversed, broad-based behavior changes were central to success.  HIV prevention services globally reached only 20% of those in need in 2005.  Prevention service coverage for populations at higher risk of exposure was even lower.


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