Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

To integrate social and economic values through football/soccer by creating a proactive health environment.
Apr 30, 2013

Stopping Early Pregnancy Football Tournament

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.


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Mar 25, 2013

24TH MARCH 2013 WORLD TB DAY

INTRODUCTION On 24th March 2013, world TB day, Vijana Amani Pamoja-VAP in conjunction with TB Action group and the ministry of public health and sanitation hosted a TB awareness football tournament at Jericho grounds. An exciting day of football coupled with voluntary counseling, HIV testing and TB screening, the tournament was organized under the theme of "Tuberculosis free Kenya!". 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, the heart of Jericho estate 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 Tuberculosis free champions JERICHO TOWNSHIP 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 know 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 e.g. HIV/AIDS,TB,lack of employment, early pregnancies,rape,drug abuse etc.The hosting of TB awareness football tournament in Jericho was a major boost and a heath supplement to the home of many football stars in Jericho and the community at large.The hosting of the tournament developed a great relationship with community and made a significant mark on how the game of football and its popularity can be used as a catalyst for social change. AN EXTRA BOOST OFF THE FIELD What made this tournament special? The teams 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 400 participants attended the event with 180 youth players from various teams participating in the tournament Players and Community members around Jericho got an opportunity for a VCT and TB screening services during the event. Every Youth/player that was tested walked out with 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. FIELD CLASSROOM During intervals and half time, both Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDs and stop TB activities, participants were sensitized on correlation between TB and HIV by VAP's peer educators who were at hand to conduct the intervention activities.

Mar 7, 2013

VAP's FOUNDER CHOSEN FOR THE EGMONT 2013 AWARD

For the 3rd year running,VAP has been partnering with Egmont Trust which is a UK based charity that aims to tackle and reverse the impact of HIV and AIDS on children in sub-Saharan Africa. Egmont Trust has been running an award scheme and each year it has been making two awards: one that recognizes an individual and their personal inspiration commitment to the fight against AIDS and the other one that recognizes an organization and how it evolves and make a different to the lives of people affected by AIDS.

 

These awards are based on Egmont's assessment of the work of individuals and organizations across all those that Egmont Trust support over the past year and is intended to offer recognition for the people who receive them and those they work with. 

 

 It's out of his total dedication and commitment since the establishment of the program in 2004 that VAP's founder Enouce Ndeche was chosen as  the Most Inspirational Individual amongst all Egmont Trust partners over the last year. The award will be presented in London in the month of May 21st-26th during Egmont's flagship event. The highlight of this event will be a Reception on the evening of Tuesday 21 May, when you Enouce Ndeche  will receive a certificate of recognition and speak very briefly about his work and VAP's partnership with Egmont Trust.

 



 



 



 



 

 
   

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