Using the power of soccer to fight HIV/AIDS

 
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Dear Readers and supporters of Vijana Amani Pamoja,(VAP)

It's my pleasure to share with you a progress report for the Egmont Trust and VAP partnership that has been going on.Of course,we also do highly appreciate and salute ALL the donors from different spheres of the world for their generous contribution towards VAP's movement.It's through your continous contibution that we are doing our core activity of changing the lives of our young people.I hereby invite you to read our attached report.

Thanks,


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Dear Readers and supporters of Vijana Amani Pamoja,

Please see attached our volume 9 newsletter.We also take this opportunity to THANK YOU for your continous support as we reach out to many youth with our health messages..Please enjoy your reading..


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Due to the over increasing demand of VAP’s Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS programs around Nairobi’s both public and private schools, VAP had to engage the Nairobi City Council through the city department of education to expand and  stretch its programs. The Nairobi City Council, education department is the government arm empowered to run and control all public schools in Nairobi.

 

After a thorough discussion and explanation of VAP’s Skillz program and its impact to the participants led by VAP’s Executive Director, Enouce Ndeche who had a meeting with City Education’s top officers, VAP invited the education officers to have a firsthand witness of Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS prevention and see how soccer is being used as a tool for social change.

 

The officers had to visit several program sites including: Church Army and Our lady of Nazareth schools where they all had an opportunity not only to see but also to join the participants in the activities as well as discussions regarding HIV/AIDS.”This is extremely an extra-ordinary program, the fact that soccer is a game of the masses; it’s amazing to see how much power it has that can be converted into a vehicle for social change. With this kind of initiatives in our schools, then our children would definitely become pro-active as far as their lives are concerned.”Said Mrs Catherine Gichuba, the duty advisor to schools, Nairobi City council, education department.”As a participant of Skillz Kenya program, I have learnt how to protect myself from HIV/AIDS and I have been sharing the knowledge with my friends and families about this dangerous disease.”Said Janet Mwikali, 13 years old student at Church Army School.

 

 

After all was concluded both parties: VAP and the Nairobi city council, department of education had to engage into a memorandum of understanding, with VAP being granted an authority to run its programs in all the public schools around Nairobi.VAP will be obligated to write a progress report to the office of the city education officer at the end of every year stating the impact of the program to the participants. ‘On behalf of the entire VAP fraternity, I would really like to take this opportunity to thank the Nairobi City Council, Education Department for accepting our invitation, taking part in our activities and mostly to grant us an authority to run our programs in all the public schools in Nairobi, though it’s not an easy job to reach out to all these schools, we as VAP are going to do our best to make sure that every child in these schools is empowered with HIV/AIDS prevention messages. We are also THANKFUL to our supporters and donors through GlobalGiving for their generous contribution towards all this that we as VAP are doing and we would like to encourage and invite more donors to come contribute to our course putting in mind that it’s through their support that we can only be successful.”Said Enouce Ndeche, Executive Director, Vijana Amani Pamoja.

Dear our esteemed readers and donors,

First I would like to express my utmost THANKS for your generous support that has really made us to be a successful organization that has been walking the talk of our core mission and vision. Attached please find out our quarterly newsletter that has all the activities that has been happening within the community that we serve. All these couldn't be possible without your unwavering support.While you read this newsletter, I want to wish you all the BEST in your endeavors.

Yours Project Director

Nancy Waweru


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On 16h July 2010, Vijana Amani Pamoja-VAP hosted the 3nd annual Kick N Test VCT and TB screening soccer tournament at Kiambio slums. It was an exciting day of football, voluntary counseling, testing and TB screening.  The tournament was organized under the theme of “Leading Front”. A total of 16 teams both boys and girls of ages 13-18 years from all the walks of Eastlands part of Nairobi converged at Kiambio community grounds, the heart of Kiambio, were waiting in readiness to participate in this unique 7-a-side street football tournament. The top two teams from each group played in the final to be crowned Kick N Test champions.

KIAMBIO SLUM.

Kiambio slum is the 3rd biggest slum in Nairobi with an average population of 50,000 people and it is the host of VAP’s ground offices. The majority of the dwellers are depending on periodical manual jobs with a few being employed in informal sectors. Kiambio slum is also on record with the highest numbers of a myriad of social and economical challenges eg.HIV/AIDS, TB, lack of employment early pregnancies, rape etc. The location of VAP ground offices at the centre of Kiambio, has really developed a great relationship with the community as far as preventing and solving out some of the social challenges

AN EXTRA BOOST OFF THE FIELD

What made this tournament special? The team did not get points only for winning or drawing a match, but also participating in the Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS activities, stop TB activity visiting VCT and TB screening tents over the course of the day. In the event of a tie, these extra points were more important than a point in the match. A total of 81 youth players were tested on HIV/AIDS status and screened on TB. Every youth/player that was tested walked out with a certificate plus a bonus point to his/her team.

One player from each age group was chosen as soccer champion, based on his/her performance in the tournament, and one as spirit champion, based on his/her enthusiasm in the Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDS and stop TB activities.

Community members around Kiambio got an opportunity for a VCT and TB screening services during the tournament.

FIELD CLASSROOM

During intervals and half time of both Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDs and stop TB activities, participants were sensitized on correlation between TB and HIV. The main theme was TB/HIV co-infection. Peer educators for both TB and HIV were at hand to conduct the activities and educate the participants. We at Vijana Amani Pamoja take this moment to express our gratitude to the funders and donors who have been donating towards our cause. We thank you so much and hope to continue partnering with you to change the lives of many people through the power of soccer. For more information on the tournament see attached document.


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Nancy Waweru

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Nairobi, Kenya

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