The word anthem is quite familiar to everyone as it relates to a solemn patriotic song officially adopted by a country as an expression of national identity or loyalty. With football or soccer being the song and the core language that VAP uses to advocate for social change, the mission statement (in red) and the vision (in black) has become its anthem which every VAP coach and volunteer has pledged allegiance to as they serve the community, and with a symbol of a football pitch being used as its flag.
VAP Speaks At Yetu Initiative
As one of Global Giving user and long-time partner, VAP was invited by Global Giving foundation to speak about its online fundraising experience on what works, what could be better and how the usage of technology could further and add value to community programs. The Yetu initiative workshop managed by Aga Khan foundation and funded by USAID invited Global Giving foundation to share their expertise on online fundraising. Yetu Initiative is a four year activity aimed at sparking more online philanthropy in East Africa as well as empowering Kenyan civil society organizations to jointly tackle the country’s most pressing challenges. ’Yetu’ which means ‘ours’ in Kiswahili, will build local ownership and support for civil society and non-governmental organizations their advocacy for the Kenyan people over a long run. Yetu will also engage communities in fundraising or awareness-raising campaigns, connect NGOs, capacity building platform and mentoring opportunities, and develop online and mobile philanthropy platforms for Kenyans to donate money, time, and skills to support Kenyan NGOs and civil society organizations
Inspired by VAP’s innovative and successful HIV/AIDS prevention program that graduated over 400 student participants from Pumwani primary school, the school’s sports teacher Mr.Maina requested to have Show corruption”Redcard”program in his school. Currently over 250 student participants from Pumwani primary school are taking part in the Show corruption ‘Redcard’ program. According to the pre surveys (a sheet of 1 up to 10 questionnaire that gauge the attitude and knowledge of students regarding corruption) conducted by VAP’s Anti corruption crusaders(ACC) majority of students indicted that they are well aware of what’s is corruption and it’s causes..During day one, students filled in the pre-surveys and were taken through the basic information about corruption and its causes.”This is a unique project that is very important to our kids, since they are the future leaders.” Said Mr.Budi, deputy head teacher at Pumwani School. This exercise not only included the students, but it also included teachers of the participants who were also eager to learn and participate in the program.”Am looking forward to be a great leader of integrity and Show corruption ‘Redcard’ a one of the key programs that will push me to achieving my dreams “Said 13 year old Wangari
Students at Motherland Secondary were presented with pre-survey forms to gauge their knowledge on Corruption. A total of 100 students both boys and girls were involved in this exercise that was conducted by VAP’s Anti-Corruption Crusaders(ACC).Each student was issued with a copy of the pre-survey form that included basic questionnaires on issues surrounding corruption. The pre-survey conducted by VAP to students is very vital as it provides the foundation of the implementation of the entire manual to the participants. Once participants are done with the entire course, they are normally issued with a post-survey questionnaire that also gauges the impact of the program to the participants. One of the questions in the pre-survey form is (Are male more corrupt than female?) This question normally generates a lot of discussions amongst the participants with every one trying to defend his/her gender.”Male are more corrupt because they would easily request for bribe openly without any fear, and so this program is very important especially for us young people who aspire to be the leaders of tomorrow as it shapes our integrity” Said Atieno a form 2 student at Motherland secondary.
VAP was amongst the institutions and organizations around the world that were marking the International Anti- corruption day this December by organizing for the third edition of ‘Kick-Out corruption ‘tournament held at Kiambiu playing grounds. The tournament brought on board ten teams from a diverse professional that the players would wish to become when they grow up eg.Judgesfc, Politicians fc, Police fc, Senators, Doctors fc etc.The tournament was coupled with Kick-Out corruption activities conducted by VAP’s Anti-corruption crusaders (ACC) that focused on ethics and integrity as well as values of leadership. The teams led by the ACC discussed amongst other issues the elements that trigger corruption e.g greed, favorism, bribery, nepotism, tribalism etc.The Doctors fc emerged the winners of the tournament by trouncing police fc by one goal to nil. Winners were awarded with vouchers to purchase educational supplies and a ball. Runners up and third runners up were all awarded with two balls each.”Now that I have learnt about the effects of corruption, I want to be an anti-corruption advocate and enhance the economical gains of our county. Said 14 year old James from Police fc.
The second edition of ‘Kick-Out corruption ‘tournament was held at Bahati playing grounds on 5th september with a total of 12 teams in participation. Teams were branded names based on what the majority of the players would wish to become or do as a professional when they grow up. They were splitted into various professionals eg.Lawyers fc,Presidents fc,Senators fc,Governors fc,MPs fc,Directors fc,Doctors fc,Managers fc,Police fc,Ministers fc,Engineers fc, and Judges fc.The league was coupled with Kick-Out corruption activities conducted by VAP’s Anti-corruption crusaders(ACC) that focused on ethics and integrity as well as values of leadership. The Ministers fc emerged the winners of the league by trouncing Lawyers fc by two goals to nil .Additionally,all participants were awarded with certificates that confirmed them as Anti-corruption ambassadors.A word of wisdom from the secretary of Football Kenya Federation,Nairobi branch Mr. Ragos who was invited as a guest was also in handy to the participants.”I have learnt great teachings on how to stay away from being corrupt even as am focused to become a future leader. Fighting corruption is a responsibility to all of us because this nation is ours.” If we can have corruption as a subject right from the primary schools to the upper levels, then our society would be a great one.”Said, 14 year old David, from the police fc.
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