Sport for social impact is something that’s new and trending so fast but the larger society is still grappling to understand the combination.However,there’s light at the end of this tunnel as VAP will be in charge of the 'switch' light and making sure that the lights are always on by publishing a one page article of its football based awareness activities that will be appearing on ‘Sports’ monthly, Kenya’s authoritative sports magazine.VAP is determined to take the advantage of this opportunity by amplifying the importance of using the power and popularity of the game of football to inform the larger audience of the Kenya’s population on how effective sports/football can be used to change lives of young people. Already the publishing process has begun and a one page covering of VAP’s activity is on page 15 through www.sportsmonthly.co.ke June magazine. The magazine which is a monthly publication is sold by newsvendors in the shops and the streets of Kenya’s big cities.
Refresher Course For Coaches
A bunch of VAP coaches mostly consisting of new coaches and volunteers who joined in this year, underwent a 4 day training of trainers refresher course. The training which was quite interactive created an opportunity for these set of coaches to express their experiences, lessons learnt, challenges and successes of their first half debut as Skillz coaches. With the focus point of the training being on: peer education, participatory facilitation method, and personal connection with the participants, the aim of the training was to keep every coach abreast with the program expectations, trending issues surrounding program implementation,activities,and how to mitigate challenges encountered during interventions as well as making sure that everyone is reading on the same page." I have built a lot of confidence and self esteem in delivering programs to my fellow youth, and I feel proud of teaching what was taught to me when I was a program participant." Said Leah Ayoti a former program graduate.
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
The month of May begun on a super duper note for VAP as it was confirmed a ‘superstar ‘status on Global Giving fundraising platform. It has been a roller coaster ride for VAP on Global Giving ladder of partner rewards with the previous status being a ‘Leaders ‘status. Global Giving was the first partner for VAP and lest we forget, the first second hand Pentium four old skool computer that was purchased at $160 out of $250 Global Giving first funds. That being the first computer to VAP through first funding, it has revolutionized and left a significant mark into VAP’s development up todate.The confirmation of a ‘superstar’ status now positions VAP to: most likely be recommended to a corporate partner, featured in Global Giving social media, and in donor communications, eligible for donor interaction and events, eligible for future trainings, matching campaigns, and other opportunities special for superstars. Besides that VAP will still maintain its existing partner benefits: permanent access to Global Giving’s online fundraising and donor management tools, free monthly training covering topics such as financial management for non-profits, reporting on progress reports etc,inclusion on Global Giving’s employee giving programs with corporate partners, access to Global Giving’s site-wide matching campaigns, eligibility to receive gift card redemptions from donors and ability to post volunteer opportunities on the Global Giving site and its volunteer partner sites.
Training With Coaches Across Continents
For the fifth year VAP played host to Coaches Across continents who conducted a 5 day sports for social impact trainings with 40 coaches drawn from various local clubs and institutions. With social issues crowding our communities and being the focus point, coaches had an opportunity to learn new football themed games geared towards tackling and preventing them. Amongst the new football skills for life games learnt were on: HIV/AIDS, Financial literacy, female empowerment, and environment. With vast majority of the coaches coming from various local teams and institutions that partner with VAP, the learning opportunity created a surplus to their football for life skills buckets already filled in by VAP coaches. For VAP coaches who are widely perceived as local experts and oftenly sought out and consulted by myriad of community members for more information, support or referrals, the trainings supplemented more knowledge and skills in delivering sport based intervention programs.
Coach Of The Month
I came, I saw, I conquered is what would best describe 21 year old, Carol who just joined VAP a couple of months ago. Carol has successfully undergone a training of coaches’ workshop and other monthly meetings and has quickly melted into VAP’s life skills coaching program system. Her rapid learning skills, confidence, self esteem and ability to contextualize programs have been effectively impacting the lives of program participants.”Youth are particularly vulnerable to AIDS .Even though we are hardly hit by AIDS, we are also the greatest force for change and I feel as one of the youth i have a responsibility of changing the lives of young people in this world, and using football is one of the quickest methodologies I love most.”Said Carol