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May 21, 2019

CALL FOR URGENT SUPPORT

Dear Friends/supporters/partners/Volunteers,

 Hope and trust that you're all doing well.First i want to thank you all for your continuous support towards our programs that use football for social and economic development.As some of you may know,for the last 4 years ,VAP initiated an 'Employment+Entrepreneurship' project as an economic empowerment exit for ALL graduates of its football based programs.So far over 140 youth mainly girls have graduated from 'Employment+Entrepreneurship' project and majority of them have secured employment in different institutions based on career/courses that they took while some of them have managed to start their own small scale businesses.The year 2019 has started on a high note as we have recruited over 120 youth participants(including youth with intellectual developmental disability) from across our programs and have been integrated into Employment+Entrepreneurship' project where they will all undertake various vocational training courses of their choice starting this end of May,2019.In order to make sure that all participants are accommodated for their courses,VAP has teamed up with Unity College of Professional Studies (UCPS) and Nairobi Industrial Institute (NII) that will provide the trainings to the participants.Additionally,this year VAP has teamed up with Kenya Community Development Fund (KCDF) who are willing to support the 'Employment +Entrepreneurship' project by matching Kes,1,600,000 ($ 13,000) subject to VAP raising Kes,450,000 by June 15th 2019.

We are therefore reaching out to you for your generous support towards achieving the Kes 450,000 ($4,500) target by June 15 that will enable VAP to qualify for the matching fund from Kenya Community Development Fund.

 

Many thanks for your continous support!

May 13, 2019

Secure Futures For Young Moms

Girl Roster exercise
Girl Roster exercise

After a successful training on ‘Girl Roster’ by population council, an organization that focuses on research and delivers solutions to improve lives around the world,28 newly recruited coaches are hitting the ground, making door to door visits in various slum areas of Nairobi mapping and collecting data from young moms without safe or secure places. The data collected through electronic gadgets will inform the development of SECURE FUTURES, a program that  utilizes girl-centered approaches, design and implement activities in safe sports spaces to increase the social impact support, life skills and livelihood opportunities to young moms.

Career Awareness Forum

Over 70 girls including girls with intellectual developmental disability accompanied by their parents and guardians assembled at Buru Buru centre for Career Awareness Forum. Organized by VAP in conjunction with Unity College of professional studies and other invited professionals, the one day event focused on providing the nitty gritty information about different courses offered through vocational training which is under VAP’s Employment +Entrepreneurship project, an outlet of all football based programs.

Sports Management Training

Over 20 girls under ‘Breaking the Barriers’ arm were drafted to pursue Sports Management course that would add value into their already existing sports skills tool box. To ensure effective and impactful trainings to the participants, VAP teamed up with Kenyatta University, department of sports and recreation to conduct the training that would cover a wide range of topics including: sports organizations, personnel management, tournament programming and formats, marketing, legal liabilities in sports, sport facilities construction and design, basic concept of crowd management, public relations in sport and crisis management, nutrition and psychology and counseling.

Career Awareness Workshop
Career Awareness Workshop
Sports Management Training
Sports Management Training
May 13, 2019

5th Maisha HIV Conference

5th Maisha HIV Conference
5th Maisha HIV Conference

As an organization that’s keen on the usage of football in the fight against HIV, VAP joined other invited guests;professionals,scientists,NGOs,and government health representatives from across the region in the 5th Maisha HIV and AIDS conference held at the Kenya School of Monetary studies. With the theme being ‘Leveraging the HIV Response to Accelerate Impact for Universal Health Care ”, the Conference provided a platform for discussions and deliberations on opportunities and challenges for leveraging the HIV programme to accelerate impact for Universal Health Care. The event was organized to include panel sessions and plenary presentations with diverse speakers and presenters from across Kenya and regionally. The Conference was preceded by six (6) Pre-conference Meetings on key thematic areas which were channeled to the conference.

Reaching Out To The Street Children

In commemoration of International Day of Street children, VAP was invited by its partners to celebrate the day at St. Johns community Centre. Officially commissioned by government representative, a total of 500 street children from various centres around Nairobi and approximately 15 organizations that work with street children were entertained with football games and football based activities that carry various messages including promotion of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) amongst adolescent boys and delivery of on-site biomedical services that included HIV testing.

Our New Staff

Joining the list of existing staff this year is Winnie.The 23 year old Winnie was a former Skillz Kenya participant during her high school days and ever since her graduation from Skillz Kenya program, she managed to develop a great deal of passion giving back to the community through the shadows of Skillz Kenya program, amplifying what she was taught to her peers and the community. She managed to go through a training of trainers course and became officially a certified Skillz Kenya coach and thereafter ascended to the position of a master coach (Trainer of trainers).Her good chemistry with millennial and other fellow coaches has been of great impact to her personal development and the organization as a whole and this has contributed heavily to her promotion as a full time staff. “Happy to be part of an organization that has been at the core of my life development.” Said Winnie.

International Day of Street children
International Day of Street children
Our New Staff,Winnie
Our New Staff,Winnie
 
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