Nancy at VAP wanted to figure out why some of the young women she worked with weren’t engaging in VAP programs. By gathering feedback through a focus group, Nancy demonstrated VAP’s commitment to becoming more effective. Read her team’s Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat. story.
Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) integrates sexual health and reproductive rights training and sports in order to meet the expressed needs of young men and women in Kenya. But after years of running football (soccer) programs, they found some girls still encountered challenges that kept them from participating.
Nancy and team decided to hold focus groups with the girls they serve. They learned that many of them still didn’t have the opportunity to play football because of their families’ cultural and religious beliefs.
In response to this feedback, VAP opened up new options for girls to play different sports of their choice. These sports open up the opportunity for conversations about sexual health and reproductive rights within the safe team environment.
“Vijana Amani Pamoja learned that it’s not enough to concentrate on football alone as a platform to address sexual health reproductive and rights. After this short focus group study we decided to give other options for girls to venture into sports and learn reproductive health and rights issues.” — Nancy, VAP Project Leader
VAP’s commitment to impact stuck with Thomas, who visited VAP through GlobalGiving’s Field Program. “VAP is a fantastic organization making a real impact in their local community in the areas of HIV/AIDS education and empowerment of girls,” Thomas said.
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