Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

To integrate social and economic values through football/soccer by creating a proactive health environment.
Nov 1, 2016

My First Employment

Mercy in her new job placement
Mercy in her new job placement

With a few weeks to the holidays, 19 year old Mercy (seated on the right) is already in the melody mood of Christmas carol and Santa Claus. This is after securing a job placement at Bextling Hair and Beauty Salon, located a few metres from VAP headquarters. Mercy who belongs to the last butch of Mrembo Salon vocational training candidates who graduated a couple of months ago, was introduced to Bextling salon which has been part of existing partners of Mrembo Salon vocational training. With the additional knowledge of computer and financial literacy gained through vocational training, Mercy will also be tasked with basic book and recording keeping duties at her new place. “Am happy to get a job that will help me depend on my own and help my younger siblings with school fees and other minor things.” Said Mercy

 Strengthening Our Communities

 A group of parents, teachers, and community coaches of VAP programs from different communities and schools assembled at VAP offices for a one day meeting geared towards looking at the side mirrow of 2016 programs, challenges and successes. The meeting spearheaded by VAP senior and master coaches collected diverse views from attendees that would contribute towards building and strengthening programs that would develop a stronger community.Attendees were also taken through all VAP programs with each and every head of VAP department narrating the way they do their programs and the kind of support they would need from the attendees. The meeting concluded with a clear direction and need of working together towards building a stronger community.

Young Leaders' Workshop

 40 young leaders drawn from various schools representing Mrembo chapters converged for one day ‘Leadership’ training at VAP headquarters. The trainings covered a wide range of topics including: leadership, types of leaders, characteristics of leadership, roles and quality of a good captain, how to be a captain amongst other topics. Majority of the attendees being captains of their respective chapters had their captaincy buskets fully loaded with skillful and helpful information that would shape up not only their career but their future life.VAP has been building, strengthening and utilizing these chapters as launching pads of future girls’ football teams and program mentors.

Parents,teachers and coaches meeting
Parents,teachers and coaches meeting
Young Leaders posing for a photo
Young Leaders posing for a photo
Oct 19, 2016

Donation of Football Equipments

Participants of VAP’s football based programs including Double Club program received football gears donated by addidas through ‘football for hope’ initiative which is the corporate social responsibility arm of Federation International Football Association (FIFA).The football equipments included: balls,t/shirts,caps and other materials that are geared towards supporting the programs and the participants. The donated stuff were distributed to all program participants from different schools and community centres with ball helping out with the program implementation. “We are so happy for the donations that will support our programs and easen the lessons.”Said the headteacher of Jovial primary school.VAP will also utilize the donated equipments to use during thematic football tournaments and league finals.

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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