Sport
 Kenya
Project #1885

Using the power of soccer to fight HIV/AIDS

by Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)
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Stories from the field:(Skillz Kenya Program)

“Community life is not easy, since we the youth are exposed to HIV in many ways without us knowing. From the Skillz Kenya program I have realized that the first step to stay away from HIV is to know the basic skills how to protect yourself. Just like football you have to know and master the basic skills to play the game.” 16 years old, Mohamed Osman,St.Patrick High School.

“ As young people and leaders of tomorrow,we need to take care of ourselves and exercise what we’ve been taught about HIV/AIDS  because by doing so,our future and our society will be healthier and stronger” Said,14 year old Juliana Atieno from Salama Primary school

 

4th-6th September 2013, Sports for social change Network organized a Transformation and Development through Sports (TADS) conference in Pretoria, South Africa. The conference brought together 50 German and Africa organizations that use sports for social change. The idea of the initiative “Commitment for Africa” – launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 2012 – is to link civil society organizations from Germany and African countries engaged in the field of sport for social change and to foster civic engagement. The outcome of this matchmaking process was to have African-German exchange and partnership initiatives that contribute to social change. VAP being one of the invited organizations, managed to form partnership with various German and African organizations. The subject of all African-German partnership projects in the context of “Commitment for Africa” shall be a contribution to positive social change / strengthening civil society through sport.

For the 5th time in a raw, the annual Kick N Test VCT and TB screening football tournament was held on 17th August at Jericho community fields. What made this tournament special? The teams 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.Additionally, on the field was a huge scoreboard referred as the (tallying centre) where teams points both from the field, VCT and TB were recorded. In the event of a normal football match tie, these extra points were more important than a point in the match.

 

 A total of over 250 youth players were tested on HIV/AIDS status and screened on TB. Every Youth/player that was tested earned an extra bonus point to his/her team. One player from each age group was chosen as football 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. The event provided an opportunity for the community members of Jericho to know their status by visiting VCT and TB screening services that were provided by EDARP.

Jericho is a well known football power house area having produced the finest football players who have featured in various top clubs nationally and internationally.Subsiquently,it's also on record with the highest numbers of a myriad of social and economical challenges.

 FIELD CLASSROOM

 Contrary to the usual football match talk by team’s coaches during half time and at the end of the match, participants were sensitized on co-relation between TB and HIV.Skillz coaches for both TB and HIV were at hand to conduct the activities and educate the participants. Participants were also given basic questionnaires regarding HIV and TB to gauge their knowledge and attitude.

On May 27th- 31st VAP was amongst the invited partner organizations that participated in the GRS annual Global Program Exchange held in GRS offices in Cape Town South Africa. Other attendees included program managers and trainers from: Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil and Dominican Republic. The Exchange focused on sharing best practices across organizations with hope that all participants would return home to infuse some new ideas and energy into their respective programs. Members of GRS Global partnerships and South Africa teams hosted sessions throughout the week on a range of topics, from business development and coach development to leadership, management and monitoring and evaluation.Also included were three key sessions on gender relations.VAP represented by Enouce Ndeche did a general presentation of VAP and how it conducts its programs. The Exchange program was of great value and impact to our respective organizations as it opened a window of getting to learn, share and network from various GRS partners that are using football as a catalyst to for social change in our communities

INTRODUCTION On 24th March 2013, world TB day, Vijana Amani Pamoja-VAP in conjunction with TB Action group and the ministry of public health and sanitation hosted a TB awareness football tournament at Jericho grounds. An exciting day of football coupled with voluntary counseling, HIV testing and TB screening, the tournament was organized under the theme of "Tuberculosis free Kenya!". A total of 16 teams both boys and girls of ages 13-18years from all the walks of Eastlands part of Nairobi converged at Jericho community grounds, the heart of Jericho estate in readiness to participate in this unique 7-a-side football tournament. The top two teams from each group played in the final to be crowned Tuberculosis free champions JERICHO TOWNSHIP Located in the Eastlands part of Nairobi, Jericho is an area with an average population of 200,000 people with 60% being low-income earners and 40% depending on periodical manual jobs with a few being employed in informal sectors. Jericho is a well know football power house area having produced the finest football players who have featured in various top clubs, nationally and internationally.Subsiquently,it's also on record with the highest numbers of a myriad of social and economical challenges e.g. HIV/AIDS,TB,lack of employment, early pregnancies,rape,drug abuse etc.The hosting of TB awareness football tournament in Jericho was a major boost and a heath supplement to the home of many football stars in Jericho and the community at large.The hosting of the tournament developed a great relationship with community and made a significant mark on how the game of football and its popularity can be used as a catalyst for social change. AN EXTRA BOOST OFF THE FIELD What made this tournament special? The teams 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 400 participants attended the event with 180 youth players from various teams participating in the tournament Players and Community members around Jericho got an opportunity for a VCT and TB screening services during the event. Every Youth/player that was tested walked out with 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. FIELD CLASSROOM During intervals and half time, both Skillz Kenya HIV/AIDs and stop TB activities, participants were sensitized on correlation between TB and HIV by VAP's peer educators who were at hand to conduct the intervention activities.

 

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Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.vijanaamanipamoja.org
Project Leader:
Nancy Waweru
Founder
Nairobi, Kenya
$30,601 raised of $60,000 goal
 
288 donations
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