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Apr 3, 2019

Disability Is Not Inability

Recruitment drive of youth with IDD
Recruitment drive of youth with IDD

With the word INCLUSION being at the center stage of VAP’s programs for 2019 and moving forward, VAP has been spreading its tentacles to reach out to the youth with intellectual developmental disability by integrating them into social and economic development programs. Spearheaded by VAP and supported by Unity College of professional studies, and the backing of parents and teachers, a couple of youth with IDDs, both girls and boys were recruited from various special schools for ‘Employment and Entrepreneurship’ project. The youth will undergo vocational training courses of their choices, similar to their counterparts (youth without IDD) and expected to graduate and join the mainstream society for economic development. “I want to pursue hair and beauty, start my own salon and earn money for myself and support my family” Said 22 years old Teresia from Nile road special school.

International Women's Day

8th March couldn’t go unnoticed as VAP’s ‘Employment and Entrepreneurship’ project participating girls joined  women staff of standard chartered bank and other external invited women guests from different organizations to commemorate the international women’s day at the bank’s headquarters. The room filled with words of gender equality and the day’s theme of Balance for Better, sparked a vital conversation and discussions surrounding on how organizations and institutions could create equilibrium in workplaces and the community in general.

New Crop of Sports Physiotherapists

After spending 3 weeks of both practical and theoretical trainings under  ‘Breaking The Barriers’ project, a new group of girls emerged as certified sports physiotherapists and first aid trainers. The trainings conducted by VAP in partnership with other recognized institutions, saw a total of 20 girls   graduating from the course. “Am happy to complete my basic course in sports physiotherapy and First Aid. My next step will be to implement the skills at my local volleyball club as I look forward to advance my career.” Said 21 years old  Mwindu

Meet Karen

At the tender age of 12 years, Karen was already a participant of VAP’s programsin the slums of Kiambio albeit surrounded by a myriad of social and financial challenges. As she was growing up, she participated in Skillz Kenya program that addresses HIV awareness as well being part of the Goal program that addresses sexual reproductive health and economic empowerment, while at the same time being an active football player for Mrembo football club. After going through all these programs, she was integrated into vocational training course where she focused on pastry and cookery and finally after her graduation she landed a job at Hot Delli, a food store inside Garden City mall. “I can now confidently support myself and my family with my earnings.” Said 21 years old Karen.

International Women
International Women's Day
New Crop of Sports Physiotherapists
New Crop of Sports Physiotherapists
Karen At Work
Karen At Work
Apr 3, 2019

New Leaders in the Fight Against HIV

New Leaders in the fight against HIV
New Leaders in the fight against HIV

The first quarter of the year 2019 has witnessed hundreds of emerging young new leaders in the fight against HIV. The certification conducted under Skillz Kenya program was done across various schools, both secondary and primary. The certified leaders are expected to be HIV ambassadors in their respective communities by reaching out to their friends, families and peers through formal and informal educational sessions. “I want to share HIV information with my friends and community that I stay with so that we can prevent the spread of HIV” Said 14 years old Mwilu.

FIFA Features VAP Article

 Integrating social and economic values through football by creating a pro-active health environment and envisioning a society that is socially, economically, and healthy empowered has been the core business for Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP).This reality has been made possible by numerous support of the youth, and the communities that VAP works with and not forgetting the generous support from the volunteers and the partners ranging from corporates and foundations. As one of the charities around the world supported by FIFA foundation, VAP was featured on FIFA’s webpage for development: https://www.fifa.com/development/news/y=2019/m=3/news=vijana-amani-pamoja-helping-kenyan-youth-3021514.html

Mar 4, 2019

Make The Cut Activities

Participants going through Make The Cut Activities
Participants going through Make The Cut Activities

The one week schools short break provided an ample opportunity to implement ‘Make The Cut’ activities which is a supplement of the weekly Skillz Kenya, HIV awareness education in schools. Targeting adolescent boys with an aim of promoting voluntary medical male circumcision, the activities were conducted in different community areas including the outskirts of Nairobi with hundreds of adolescent boys being referred to various clinics for circumcision services. “I didn’t know that going for VMMC services reduces the chances of getting HIV, now that I know I will go for the services at my nearest clinic.” Said 19 old Juma.

New Partnership with Kenya Community Development Foundation

As a new partner to Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) in implementing livelihood program, VAP formed part of the team that was invited to Beacon of Hope for a series of trainings, peer learning and experience sharing. Through KCDF’s livelihood grant, the main aim is to be more deliberate in strengthening all partner organizations’ resource mobilization, communication, marketing and branding among other things. A visit to Beacon of Hope was of great exposure to share and learn about their great success in implementing social enterprise models alongside their other initiatives, using their own resources to fund some of their own activities hence ensuring sustainability.VAP integrates graduates of its lifeskills and social programs into economic empowerment courses hence enabling the participants to be economically independent.

Participants Displaying their  skills
Participants Displaying their skills
 
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