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.
Global giving has been one of VAP’s old school partners and in May 2010, Mr. John Hecklinger; Global Giving’s chief program officer had an opportunity to visit VAP for the first time. Global giving will forever be remembered for its significant mark in the heart of VAP for being the first partner whose online fundraising funds helped VAP to purchase a second hand Pentium four computer for $ 200 that eventually catapulted VAP from being an office less(briefcase) organization to an office based organization. During the visit, this is what John had to say http://tools.blog.globalgiving.org/2014/05/16/vijana-amani-pamojas-learning-journey
Seed Grant for Story telling project.
After a successful application, VAP was awarded a seed grant by Global Giving that would go towards collecting qualitative stories from the program participants and the entire community to gauge and evaluate VAP’s programs impact.VAP has previously been doing the story telling collection as one way of backing up its quantitative monitoring and evaluation systems and the awarding of the grant is so timely as the research, monitoring and evaluation crew have been working round the clock to strengthen this section. The stories will be collected by volunteers and be analyzed the research monitoring and evaluation team.
Following the impressiveness and success of Kick-out corruption program in different community centres and schools, the demand of having the program in other schools and centres is rising up on a daily basis. After having completed the program in 4 schools and two community centres, Mr.Joseph Atulo, the head teacher from Calvary educational centre who was visiting Kiragu primary school when the program was on going, happened to get a first hand opportunity to witness kick-out corruption program at Kiragu school. After his witnessing, he enquired from the program implementers if he could have the program at his school as well. Immediately after the completion of the program at Kiragu school, focus shifted to his school at Calvary education centre where a total of 150 student participants aged 12-15 years old both boys and girls are currently participating in the program. Asked why he was interested in the program, this is what Mr. Joseph said “There is great need of this program in this school and given the fact that we are all nurturing future leaders, I think it’s more important they start to know the dangers of corruption right from the tender ages so that when they grow up and become leaders, they can be leaders of integrity who can spur this nation to a greater height as far as development is concerned.” “I feel so proud to be part of the Kick-Out corruption program because my dream is to become a great leader and I know I can’t achieve this if I don’t learn integrity issues and the dangers of corruption. This is something that teachers don’t teach us, but am glad to be able to receive from VAP organization.” Said Naftali Bonzo,a 13 years old program participant from Calvary Educational centre.
On 30th November, VAP conducted a graduation ceremony of 216 Anti-Corruption graduates from Kiragu Waichahi primary school. All the graduating participants had gone through the Kick-Out corruption program and the certification was to certify them as agents of Anti-Corruption campaign. During the graduation time, all participants participated in the “Prosecution game” activity in which they were led by VAP’s Anti Corruption Crusaders (ACC). The aim of the activity was to discuss about the dangers of corruption and what would happen if the perpetrators were left to go scot free. It really generated a lot of discussion amongst the youth and how important it is to stop corruption right from the youth since the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. The key message of the game was to let the youth learn that whenever one is caught up into corruption deals and is proved to be guilty, he/she should be prosecuted so as to stop the vice and act as a lesson to others who are practicing the vice.
“Corruption has been a big problem in our country and if we can stop it, then Kenya would be more developed and everybody would enjoy leaving in this country as the standards of leaving would also be friendly to the poor.”Said Francis Njenge, a class 6 student from Kiragu Waichahi primary school.
“As VAP we are very much confident that we are building a future generation that would be in a position to reduce and eradicate corruption as we are sure that their leadership and integrity skills will be more vibrant.”This program has been made possible by the generous donations from various individuals who have been donating through Global Giving and on behalf of VAP, I would like to express my utmost THANKS to them and would also urge them to continue donating.” Said Enouce Ndeche, Director of VAP.
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