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Global Giving UK has announced a 50% bonus this week through their additional bonus funds campaign http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/leaderboards/bonus-week/ GG UK started matching all donations made from 3rd-3-2014, 12:01 midnight last night (UK time) and there are still more bonus funds available (over £4,000)! The match is only up to £600 per unique donation (e.g. if VAP gets £1000 donation, GG UK matches up to £600 by 50%. This means VAP will receive £1000 plus £300 in matching that is £1300). For VAP to compete for the final prizes decided on 10th March at 12 noon (UK time) VAP will need to have raised at least £2,000 from 15 unique donors. Please hurry up and support VAP by donating.
Mrembo Lifeskills and Sports Program
Opportunities for girls to have a safe space and create an avenue to share out their personal sports dreams, gender equity and issues regarding sexual health reproductive and making their own informed choices has been going on in 3 schools: Undugu, Child Survival, New Pumwani and St.Anne’s as well as 2 community centres:Jericho and Kiambio. Through Mrembo programs vulnerable girls have been encouraged to take a stand for their future, participate in sports and making their own informed choices regarding their lives. A bonus of sanitary pads donations to these girls has been of great improvement to their self esteem and helps them to stay in school without missing classes. Mrembo life skills and sports programs play a springboard role to majority of these vulnerable girls who join Mrembo Salon for vocational training.
Continous Assesment Test
Since the beginning of this year, Mrembo has recruited 12 girls to take part in the vocational training at the salon. The girls who are programmed to attend classes in the morning and afternoon, did their first Continous Assessment Test at the end of February to gauge their knowledge on what they have attained since their admission in January. Plans are underway to have Vocational seminars in April and August and VAP will invite external experts from well established institutions like: Unity College of Professional Studies and Ashley’s School of Hair and Beauty college.Additionally, VAP through the Mrembo vocational training is intending to form a solid partnership with these institutions that would see them work together towards enhancing the lives of the salon girls.
They share things in common: They double up as Mrembo graduates and Mrembo Salon vocational Skills Graduates and they are all great footballers
Victoria- Got a job at her Aunt’s salon in kawangware.”Am proud to do what am doing and I can now buy things for my own.”
Achieng- Currently undergoing further trainings in pursue of a Diploma in hairdressing.” Am hoping to look for a job after my Diploma and if need be, open my own Salon.”
Benta- After graduating from Mrembo Salon, she was employed at the salon.” Am happy to have been employed here at Mrembo Salon and also happy to have been trained as a peer educator. Am supporting my family now out of my earnings.
Sylvia- Got a job in a beauty Shop, where she is a specialist in manicure and pedicure.”Am fully independent and am supporting my younger siblings.”
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.
"We are so greatful for the support of Women Win and all the donations that we've been receiving from Global Giving.Indeed your generous support has been the driving force of all these achievements."Said Nancy Njeri,program director.
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.
On 24th-25th October, a sensitization on monitoring and evaluation workshop was organized under the auspices of Nairobi Brain Trust Network. The purpose of the workshop was to build the capacities of the network members on rightful knowledge, skills and techniques of assessing program activities they implement together with monitoring their programs’ effectively to the best ways of attaining the best results for the benefit of the communities they serve. Apart from building skills on M+E, the workshop was set to plan and design how it is going to conduct a baseline survey exercise that will cover the whole of Nairobi County on the context of Adolescent Girls Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights with the result going to be considered a county wide study of ASRHR. VAP being a key member of the network was represented by its M&E gurus(Maestro): Bonface Kwasi and Anne Nduku who had a lot to share with the network based on their vast experiences. The Nairobi Brain Trust is a network of Nairobi based Adolescent girls serving programs, projects or organization with a truly holistic and integrated approach to adolescent sexual and reproductive health programming where VAP through its Mrembo program fits the bill.
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