Just even before the dust could settle, the Arsenal Football club FA Cup winning fever was brought to the community of Harambee in Nairobi but this time round in a different ball game all together. On 18th May a day after the finals played at Wimbley in England, a total of 45 young lads completed Double club program and were awarded with certificates signed by Arsenal Football club manager Arsene Wenger.Double club program uses football as a conduit to instill football coaching, literacy and education. ”Now I know football can be used to address a lot of things, having participated in various programs conducted by VAP addressing various topics using the same name of football, this really empowers me. Through Double club I have improved my football skills as well as my spellings, reading and writings. Football skills, I will use them on the field. Writing, spellings and reading, I will use them in my school and especially when it comes to speaking and writing English compositions and essays.” Said 14 year old Jack, from Harambee academy.
Six former Mrembo girls lifeskills program graduates have been recruited into Mrembo salon for vocational training. This follows after a successful graduation of 9 girls who spent 4 months learning on hair dressing, beauty and financial literacy. The process of placing these graduates into work places has already begun in earnest with job interviews being secured from various institutions. The new recruits will be requested to acquire their national identity cards as this is one of the impediments observed by salon manager when it comes to seeking job placements.
Seed Grant for Story telling project.
After a successful application, VAP was awarded a seed grant by Global Giving that would go towards collecting 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.
Just to ensure that the youth are not engaged in unpleasant behaviors during their holiday time, VAP diverted its programs to community centres and sports academies in different places around Nairobi. Throughout the holiday month of April, program participants were kept busy with various Double Club programs .”Since participating in Double Club program, I have improved both my football skills and literacy “Said 13 years old James from Harambee academy. “ I was very impressed with the way the youth were responding during the Double Club question and answers session and the way they were very open to disclose their past experiences and what they would like to be in the future.” Said Rashidi Shedu, the Director of star academy and former coach of Kenya football team.
"Programs that teach education and literacy like Double Club should be extended in every school and community centres so that the youth can have a great opportunity even as they have fun improving their football skills they can as well improve their literacy and education levels." Said the captain of Star academy 14 years old,Joseph.