Impressed with VAP’s Mrembo program (“Mrembo” means “beauty” in Kiswahili and the program focuses on delivering sexual reproductive health messages for girls 12-18 years old), in June, Clementine Klijberg, Resource Mobilization director for Women Win visited VAP’s offices and the Mrembo program. Clementine's visit paved way for VAP to write a 3- year funding proposal to the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi to support the Mrembo program. The proposal that was submitted would see VAP receive approximately Euro 10,000 per year for 3 years.
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Dear Friends and partners,
I welcome you to read a progress report about our 4th annual kick n test vct and tb screening soccer tournament that was held on 18th August 2012.Additionally,find out in the attached document full story..We also thank you for your continous support..
On 18th August 2012, Vijana Amani Pamoja-VAP hosted the 4th annual kick N Test VCT and TB screening soccer tournament at Jericho. An exciting day of football, voluntary counseling, testing and TB screening. The tournament was organized under the theme of “All for one, one for all”. A total of 16 teams both boys and girls of ages 13-18years from all the walks of Eastlands part of Nairobi converged at Jericho community grounds, in readiness to participate in this unique 7-a-side football tournament. The top two teams from each group played in the final to be crowned the 4th Kick N Test VCT and TB screening champions.
located in the Eastlands part of Nairobi ,Jericho is an area with an average population of 200,000 people with 60% being low income earners and 40% depending on periodical manual jobs with a few being employed in informal sectors. Jericho is a well known football power house area having produced the finest football players who have featured in various top clubs nationally and internationally.Subsiquently,it's also on record with the highest numbers of a myriad of social and economical challenges eg.HIV/AIDS, TB, lack of employment early pregnancies, rape, drug abuse etc. The hosting of VAP's 4th annual Kick N Test VCT and TB screening football tournament in Jericho has really developed a great relationship with the community as far as preventing and solving out some of the social challenges and left a significant mark on how sports can be used as a catalyst for social change.
AN EXTRA BOOST OFF THE FIELD
What made this tournament special? The team did not get points only for winning or drawing a match, but also participating in the Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS activities, stop TB activity visiting VCT and TB screening tents over the course of the day. In the event of a tie, these extra points were more important than a point in the match. A total of 160 youth players were tested on HIV/AIDS status and screened on TB. Every Youth/player that was tested walked out with a certificate plus a bonus point to his/her team.
One player from each age group was chosen as soccer champion, based on his/her performance in the tournament, and one as spirit champion, based on his/her enthusiasm in the Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS and stop TB activities.
Community members around Jericho got an opportunity for a VCT and TB screening services during the tournament that were conducted by EDARP.
During intervals and half time of both Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDs and stop TB activities, participants were sensitized on co-relation between TB and HIV. The main theme was TB/HIV co-infection. Peer educator for both TB and HIV were at hand to conduct the activities and educate the participants. Participants were also given basic questionnaires regarding HIV and TB to gauge their knowledge and attitude.
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.