On Saturday, April 27, 2013, Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) hosted its first Stopping Early Pregnancy in Adolescents Football Tournament. Twelve teams of fifteen girls each joined VAP via invitation at the football pitch in Bihati, Nairobi for a day of fun, games and education. Throughout the event, the teams enjoyed friendly competition on the pitch in a tournament style round robin format. During downtime in between matches, the girls learned from peer educators the dangers of engaging in unprotected sex, especially while they were young. Focus was placed on abstinence and self-control, along with the dangers of abortions. The girls were warned of some of the challenges they would face if they became pregnant so early in life, include losing out on schooling, being an only parent and the increased potential for drug abuse, to name a few. Energy and excitement ran high, for both competition and learning. One of the participants, Esther of the Golden Angels, had this to say: "We have come to learn and to play. We have learned about early pregnancies and abortion, and have learned how to abstain and how to control ourselves. We have really enjoyed the game, playing football, and eating!" Overall, the tournament was a success for all involved.
After a long spell of holiday season and working with the community centres and hosting our first ever Anti-corruption soccer tournament at Mcedo primary school,VAP's Anti-corruption crusaders switched the program into schools. Currently we are working with 3 primary schools within Nairobi targeting to graduate 300 students in the next 4 months of the program. At the beginning of the program, the school teachers and students were a little bit skeptical in believing how football can be used to fight corruption device that has been an unhealing wound within the Kenyan society. After going through the basic activities and introduction of the program, the participants started to learn the concept of the program and its anti-corruption messages slowly by slowly. The participants respond in being involved in the program has been massive and positive as the program entails football fun based activities. The show corruption 'red card' program is conducted primarily as an after school program and it fits so well in the school learning system during the extra-curricular activity times.VAP's 2013 goal is to graduate 1000 participants and equip them with messages of high values of integrity and good leadership.
On Saturday 10th November, 54 successful graduates of the Kick-Out Corruption program took to the pitch at VAP’s first ever anti-corruption football tournament at Mcedo Primary School in Mathare, Nairobi. The celebratory event marked the completion of the Kick-Out Corruption program which has been running at the school for the past three months. Using football-inspired activities, the program aims to teach young people aged 11 – 21 on the reality of corruption with practical advice on how to avoid and overcome this vice.
Mathare is one the largest slums in Nairobi and Mcedo Primary School relies on support from the World Food Programme to provide lunches for its’ pupils. With very little in the way of weekend entertainment and organised sport in the area, the tournament was welcomed by the children and adolescents who both played and watched.
On the day
The 54 graduates, aged between 12 and 16 years, were divided into nine six-person teams based on individuals’ career ambitions – judges, managers, engineers, lawyers and doctors clashed with teachers, politicians, chiefs and CEOs in a closely fought match.
During the football games, cones labelled with corruption drivers including cronyism, favoritism, greed, bribery, nepotism, tribalism and blackmail blocked the path of players. If a player stepped on a ‘corruption cone’ their team was forced to do a forfeit of 20 star jumps for committing an act of corruption with a point being awarded to the opposing team.
The aim of the game was to illustrate that corruption penalises the majority and stands in the way of individuals achieving their life ambitions. It is through these kinds of practical examples that VAP effectively harnesses the power of football as an education tool, conveying key messages regarding corruption in an enjoyable and memorable way.
Each team competed enthusiastically – despite many participants playing without shoes on the rocky pitch – and there was some real sporting talent on display as the local community cheered from the side lines. Whilst the emphasis was on taking part, it was the engineers team who were declared the overall winners.
After the tournament, juice and snacks were provided to the players followed by a graduation ceremony in the school grounds which was attended by VAP’s Executive Director EnouceNdeche along with several along staff members. Each Kick-Out Corruption graduate was presented with a certificate to not only congratulate them on their achievement but to also serve as a reminder of the program’s messages of leadership and integrity.
The vast majority of program graduates at Mcedo Primary School readily attended and participated in the tournament. It was not only an enjoyable event but the tournament also served as a final reminder of the anti-corruption messages which the young people have benefited from during the three-month intervention.
With over 50 local children and adolescents turning out to watch the tournament, the event was a real success in terms of community engagement and helping VAP’s anti-corruption message to ‘ripple out’ beyond simply the individuals in each intervention.
62 boys and girls from Bondeni Primary School graduated from VAP’s Anti-Corruption program in July. This was the third graduation since the program’s inception, bringing the total number of participants to 250.
Over four months, the youngsters benefited from 10 anti-corruption intervention sessions.
Stephen Ndungu, Head Teacher at Bondeni Primary School, says, “I really appreciate the information that VAP has given to our kids bearing in minds that these youth are the leaders of tomorrow. Secondly these youth come from the slum making them more vulnerable to exploitation. They might end up growing up knowing that corruption is a normal way of life.”
He continues, “We all know what corruption has done to our country but with this kind of training and enlightenment we can rest assured that we are grooming future leaders with great integrity.with this kind of training and enlightenment, we can rest assured that we are grooming future leaders with great integrity.”
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.
A total of 156 students from Bondeni primary school became the second batch of Anti-corruption graduates after Grasam high school. The program uses football to teach anti-corruption values to youth aged 12-20 years and it’s being implemented by VAP’s Anti corruption crusaders (ACC).Graduate students are expected to teach their peers and community through formal and informal educational sessions. The introduction of the program at Bondeni school was received with lots of excitement both from the teachers and students.
"We are so excited to have the program in this school and we believe that this has really shaped the minds of our future leaders with integrity skills." Said Mr. Francis Mwanzo,the head teacher of Bondeni school." The program has really impacted my life and I look forward to sharing the knowledge with my peers. With the integrity knowledge that I got, we can make this country a better place to live and be great leaders."Said Daniel Mutio grade 4 student at Bondeni primary school.
During the graduation, Bondeni school had invited the principal of Mcedo primary school (a neighbor school) as a guest who expressed the interest of having the program in his school."Am so touched with this program and I would like to invite you to work with my school." Said the principal.
After the graduation of Mcedo,VAP's Anti corruption crusaders will be taking the Anti-corruption program to Mcedo primary school. Mcedo is a school centered in the middle of Mathare slum which has a population of 300,000 people faced with a myriad of challenges both social and economic."We are looking forward to working with Mcedo and hope to learn alot from each other and We would as well like to thank each and every person for their generous contribution towards`the support of our program.." Said Charles Otieno,VAP's program officer.
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.