Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

To integrate social and economic values through football/soccer by creating a proactive health environment.
Oct 11, 2016

Fail Forward

Driven by the words “You can talk about abstinence, faithfulness, and condoms, but these strategies will achieve little without empowering people with information and skills to embrace safer ways of making the money they need, ”Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) whose primary purpose is to use  the power and the popularity of the game of football/soccer as a conduit to fight HIV/AIDS, working with various schools and community centres targeting youth aged 11-22 years, started an economic empowerment initiative through Mrembo Salon vocational training.

The main aim of the Mrembo Salon vocational training was to create an economic empowerment pathway of youth participants who graduate from the social programs ie.HIV and sexual health reproductive and rights to gain necessary soft skills that would enable them to be equipped with employability knowledge and experience thus opening up job opportunities and how to start their own businesses.

 

Since there was no funding to start up the project and we really wanted to get the project up and running, VAP decided to make an internal small fundraising from its members and friends. The fundraising was done through various ways that also included selling of cakes,etc.For the first 3 months the project could not start due to lack of enough capital that would also enable VAP to set up a Salon for the trainings.Additionally,the local and internal fundraising was not aggressively conducted.

 

The whole exercise brought in massive experience and learnings to the entire organization when it came to matters of ‘fundraising’ and mobilizing resources. First, VAP has been taking advantage of various campaigns conducted by Global Giving and the first campaign ran by Global Giving enabled VAP to fundraise adequate funds that enabled us to set up a Mrembo salon for the hair and beauty vocational training for social program graduates. The fundraising was done aggressively by every member who mobilised friends and various partners to contribute through Global Giving fundraising platform. As an organization, VAP has been advancing and taking advantage of the various international and local online fundraising platforms to strengthen its vocational training set-ups and that has resulted into opening up a new restaurant that integrates and trains social program graduates on pastry and baking courses. In addition,VAP has managed to learn various fundraising skills to support and sustain its projects.


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Oct 3, 2016

Vocational Training Seminar

Seminar pics for Vocational Training Girls
Seminar pics for Vocational Training Girls

Mrembo salon vocational training organized their one day annual hair and beauty seminar on 22nd of Sept. The one day seminar led by two tutors from Ashley’s (one of the leading chain of hair and beauty shops in Nairobi) was geared towards perfectioning and improving what they already know, and helping them to understand the current trends of hair and beauty. Among the other topics covered were: how to handle clients, different types of clients, general expectations of both clients and employers, nail technology, use of rollers,dreadlocks,make up, different types of scalp n skin, proper shaving of hair including dos and don’ts. Participants were fully engaged the whole day with more of practical sessions and less of theories. The current participants are the last butch of Mrembo salon vocational training for the year 2016 and are expected to graduate in by the end of December and be placed in various VAP’s partnering salon for internship and job placements. ”With what I have been trained and the learnings that I have received today, I think am fully ready for any job opportunity.” Said Mwikali

Jobs For Girls

The “Eat football, Sleep football, Drink Coca-Cola” is a campaign advert associated with Coca-Cola company way back in 1996, but two former Mrembo salon vocational training graduates Jennifer and Mary who are also graduates of Mrembo program, a program that addresses sexual health reproductive and rights issues amongst girls, are tweaking the advert in another style of their own, “Play football, Get empowered through football and Earn as a result of football initiative.” Equipped and wired with the right tools and information regarding hair and beauty, both practical and theoretical, financial and computer literacy that took them a couple of months, the girls were lucky to land job placements that awaited them at the exit gate of their graduation. “Am so delighted for the skills that I have received at Mrembo Salon. Am now in a position to live independently and support my younger siblings.” Said 21 years old Anyango.

Seminar pics for Vocational Training Girls
Seminar pics for Vocational Training Girls
Jobs for Girls
Jobs for Girls
Oct 3, 2016

Meet Karanja,A qualified HIV Ambassador

Karanja talking to youth about HIV/AIDS
Karanja talking to youth about HIV/AIDS

19 years old Karanja has had a stellar raise from being a program participant at the tender age of 12 years when he first came into contact with VAP’s community awareness program, Skillz Kenya at his former Riverside primary school. Karanja a former graduate of Skillz Kenya program has had a great deal of HIV knowledge and experience through his stages of years in both primary and secondary school. Currently a certified Skillz coach, he has been hitting the ground with other Skillz coaches delivering HIV/AIDS awareness messages in various schools and community centres around Nairobi.” I came to know and learn about HIV at the age of 12 years through Skillz Kenya program. Ever since that moment I have become an ambassador of HIV, sharing information with my colleagues, family and community members. Now that am one of the trained Skillz coaches am ready to take my role of teaching other people especially the youth about HIV.” Said Karanja.Karanja’s future is burning the eyes of VAP community as we watch his movements.

 Partnership With Kenya Institute of Social Work

In order to foster and enhance students  knowledge in the areas of community development and social work,VAP has teamed up with  Kenya Institute of Social Work College (KISWC).The  partnership will provide an opportunity for KISWC students to have a hands-on internship experience with VAP programs and activities as they pursue their respective courses.VAP will engage KISWC students in different programs and activities  including: program development, monitoring and evaluation,counseling,community health, communication and media amongst others. The students will be integrated with VAP team, working together towards changing the lives of young people in the communities as they also gain knowledge that would enhance their future careers, aligning themselves with the college’s motto of ‘Empowering The Community for Sustainable Development.’

 
   

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