Echoing VAP’s vision of envisioning a society that is socially, healthy and economically empowered, VAP Mrembo girls graduates were part of the newly recruited candidates passionate about taking pastry and baking as their future career. As part of VAP’s vocational training, the candidates will as well receive trainings on computer classes and financial literacy as a whole package and have a hands-on experience working as interns at M-Food restaurant. Like the other graduates of Mrembo salon, another facet of vocational training focusing on hair and beauty, VAP will seek partnership with well-established restaurants in search of employment opportunities for the pastry and baking graduates. The pastry and baking course is expected to run for 3 months and thereafter another recruitment is conducted. For the very first time both Mrembo salon, pastry and baking vocational training candidates will participate in the Mrembo Economic Empowerment Trade fair event (MEET) scheduled in December to showcase their employability prowess to the community and invited guests who would mainly consist of existing and potential employers from various salon and restaurants who have agreed to integrate VAP’s vocational training graduates including candidates with intellectual and developmental disability as part of their businesses’ corporate social responsibility. “Am looking forward to utilize my skills that would make me open my own cafeteria.” Said 18 year old, Caroline.
Global Giving UK fundraising and communication workshop
Led by the Chief Executive Officer, Eleanor Harrison Global Giving UK conducted a one day fundraising and communication workshop to its existing partners in Kenya. Over 30 organizations drawn from different parts of Kenya including VAP attended the workshop whose topics included: crowd funding techniques, donor retention, compelling progress reports, maximizing Global Giving rewards and other portals on global giving UK fundraising platform.VAP has been actively involved on global giving online fundraising platforms, attending various online training webinars that have resulted into a seal of approval from Global Giving towards gaining multiple partnerships and direct linkage to corporates, individuals, foundations and skilled volunteers who have been of massive contribution to VAP’s wellbeing and operation.
One of the innovative ways that may help break down barriers to testing is the approval of HIV self-testing kits, recently approved by theWHO and in Kenya through the ministry of health. As an organization with a track record of arming itself in the fight against HIV by using the power and the popularity of the game of football ,VAP in partnership with Medical University of South Carolina has been in the forefront of utilizing the oral-self testing innovation by administering a series of pilot research on football and oral-self testing during Kick ‘N’Test VCT football tournaments targeting participants over 14 years and community members at large. This research study has received a funding boost from Medical University of South Carolina through the Centre for Global Health (CGH), which will go towards supporting various pilot studies and the Kick N Test VCT football tournaments to be conducted in different communities around Nairobi. This study aims to: 1) assess HIV testing behavior at the Kick N’ Test VCT community football tournaments: 2) assess perspectives of the tournament attendees on HIV testing, self-testing for HIV, and HIV risk behaviors: 3) assess the number of HIV positive individuals attending the football tournaments, and estimate the proportion who would be interested in a group approach to improving treatment access and adherence: 4) identify cultural and religious barriers to practicing safe sex behaviors. The results of this study are expected to inform future research into improving access to care for HIV positive individuals and the feasibility and acceptability of HIV self-testing among HIV negative individuals, and serve as evidence of the effectiveness of VAP program in improving HIV testing rates as well as identifying specific needs in the population.
After a successful run of VAP’s Skillz program at Muthurwa primary school, the school management requested to have show corruption ‘Red Card’ program in their school. The connection and introduction of show corruption ‘Red Card’ program into Muthurwa primary was also influenced by teacher Felix who used to teach at Ruaka primary school where show corruption ‘Red Card’ program had just been concluded and graduated over 200 students.
Over 300 students from Muthurwa primary school are taking part in the show corruption ‘Red Card’ program. During the first day of the program, participants were given some surveys to fill by the Anti-corruption crusaders. The surveys contain basic questionnaires gauging the attitude and knowledge of participants regarding corruption. Majority of the participants indicated that they are much aware of what corruption is and its causes.
During day one, participants were taken through some skits and plays that carry out basic information about corruption and its causes. “I like the games because they are full of fun and good lessons that address anti-corruption” Said 13 years old Peter from Muthurwa primary school.