As participants and their families are observing social distancing and staying at home as one of the measures of curbing the spread of covid-19, VAP has created strategies of reaching out to its participants and community at large through various platforms including: parents’ whatsapp group where basic information and any other material regarding Covid-19 will be shared including a hotline telephone number for more information and referrals. Another whatsapp group for older program participants who have access to phones will be created for a similar purpose. All the whatsapp messages will be backed up with sms texts while other information will be posted on social platforms for tech savvy participants and community members.
Creation of Animation for Team: Covid-19 vs Human
Vijana Amani Pamoja is urgently coming up with a creation of animation play that would feature team: Covid-19 Vs Human.This play will entail fun football based activities between Covid-19 (representing The Virus) vv Human team.The activities will narrate how dangerous covid-19 virus is to Human and its effects while also providing the fun based activities that football/soccer provides.The activities will be wrapped up with key covid-19 awareness messgaes to the kids/youuth who are at home to learn and understand how dangerous the virus is while also learning how to prevent the virus and its spread.VAP will work closely with various media houses who will air the program for the youth and the general communities to learn and understand the virus.For this action to take place,VAP is seeking for donations from various individuals to undertake this initiative and reach out to millions of youth and communities around Kenya via broadcasting channels.
The year 2019 was a great memorable year and there’s no way Vijana Amani Pamoja could usher into the new year without expressing our utmost THANK YOU note to all the:supporters,volunteers,staff,coaches,program participants and the partners, for making it happen. Still at the early foundation of the New Year, VAP has received recognition badges from GlobalGiving foundation for the following commitments: vetted by GlobalGiving for actively engaging with the community and top ranked for the year 2019: Site visit verified badge for hosting GlobalGiving representative: GlobalGiving staff favorite, a selection by one of GlobalGiving Staff, and Effective badge for being dynamic through: Listen, Act, and Learn cycles.
With schools up and running, it has been back to normal with all programs rolling out in schools including Skillz Kenya that tackles HIV.As usual with the new batch of Skillz participants, a pre-survey questionnaire firstly is administered with an aim of gauging the knowledge and the attitude of HIV information amongst the participants before the next sessions that include both hiv practical and theoretical football based activities. At the end of all the nine sessions, another post-survey questionnaire is administered to gauge the impact of the program.
World Aids day wouldn’t go unnoticed without the participation of 30 teams of both boys and girls in the Kick ‘N’ Test football tournament held at the Eastleigh community grounds. With focus on creating awareness of HIV Self-Testing to the youth and the entire surrounding community, and promotion of voluntary medical male circumcision being at the centre stage, football was the major combining factor. Winners of both categories, male and female were based on how many team members and their respective fans were tested on HIV as opposed to the number goals scored by teams on the football field. Male teams with most voluntary medical male circumcision referrals were awarded medals.
Participating youth players and the community had an opportunity to know more information about Hiv self-testing kits and the benefits of voluntary medical male circumcision services targeting adolescent boys.VMMC referrals were made to nearby clinics and other VAP health service providers including: Eastern Deanery Aids Relief Program (EDARP), Family Health Option Kenya (FHOK) and Doctors Without Borders. “I used to fear visiting VCT clinic to know my HIV status and get asked a lot of questions, but now I can instantly know my HIV status using the kit” Said 18 year old Kamau.
For the last couple of weeks since schools closed for long holidays, many community fields across Nairobi have been kept busy despite the heavy rains that have been pounding the city. Millennials of different age categories ranging from 13-22 years have been involved in the Skillz football league that promotes voluntary medical male circumcision targeting adolescent boys, with referrals made to the partnering health medical clinics. The long holiday season has a been a prime period for the promotion of VMMC both surgical and non-surgical services. The event has been a supplement to the ongoing Skillz Kenya, HIV awareness project that runs weekly in schools and communities and forms as a curtain raiser for the Kick ‘N’ Test VCT football tournament that is celebrated on December 1st during World Aid’s day.
A Ride For Circumcision
A bee hive of activities including referrals for voluntary medical male circumcision, targeting adolescent boys from the ongoing Skillz football league has been crowding several football grounds during this long holiday. A total of 30 have been involved in the 4th edition of Skillz football league, while going through ‘Make The Cut’ football based activities that are coated with VMMC messages. The transportation to the nearest clinics for both surgical and non-surgical circumcision services are done by VAP’s standing by motorcycles.
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The last week of October has been a busy week with a series of Skillz Kenya graduations conducted in various schools before schools lock out for the long holidays that will see schools reopen in January. The week is an exciting week as both 8th grade students in primary schools and form 4 students in high schools are sitting in for their final examinations. Despite being confirmed as HIV community ambassadors and agents of change in their respective communities, the graduates are expected to share and amplify what they have learnt to their families, friends and the entire community. With the communities now expected to be busy and full of youth everywhere, VAP has lined up a couple of HIV awareness forums, football leagues, HIV testing tournaments, referral activities including voluntary medical male circumcision, family planning etc.
Over 120 youth participants with and without intellectual developmental disabilities including teachers, volunteers, VAP staff and coaches, participated in a 4 hours procession walk that ended with a petition statement at the central organization of trade union offices (COTU). The petition letter presented to the secretary general, banked heavily on inclusion to the: society, schools and job opportunities for people with intellectual developmental disability.Additionally,leaflets with inclusion messages in the society, schools and jobs were distributed to various entrepreneurs and employers. The 7 kilometer procession walk aimed to amplify VAP’s commitment of integrating youth with intellectual developmental disability into our society, programs and moreover into employment and entrepreneurship opportunities through vocational training courses.
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