After a thorough assessment, GOAL Kenya has endorsed a new, four-year partnership with VAP.
VAP will receive funding to implement soccer-based sensitization outreach on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health [ASRH] targeting out-of-school youth. The funding will enable monthly outreach tournaments in deprived communities [Mukuru, Korogocho,Kariobangi and Dandora]; the establishment of two adolescent mothers’ clubs; and the formation of one male Reproductive Health club to promote the involvement of men in ASRH.
GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor.
FOOTBALL FOR HOPE CENTRE OPENS IN KIMISAGARA, RWANDA
On 2nd October 2012 another milestone was reached in ensuring that the 2010 FIFA World Cup leaves a legacy in Africa, with the official opening ceremony of the groundbreaking Football for Hope Centre in KIMISAGARA, Rwanda. Attended by VAP director, Enouce Ndeche and board member Linda Kafwa, who represented young leaders, this project is part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa campaign to build 20 Football for Hopes centres in disadvantaged communities across Africa.
The campaign emphasizes the power of football far beyond the boundaries of the pitch and the Football for Hope centres will provide a platform for communities to address social issues such as child rights, education, health, HIV/AIDS prevention, social integration and the environment. Each centre will house an artificial pitch alongside rooms for public health services and informal education and office space.
All 20 centres will be managed by an existing community organization, the 'centre host', with support from local stakeholders. . “The centres will leave a legacy for Africa that will last long after the final whistle of 2010 FIFA World Cup has been blown” said FIFA president Joseph Blatter.
Through the the centre in Kimisagara, Football for Hope aims to support local organization ASSOCIATION DES JEUNES SPORTIFS DE KIGALI, ESPERANCE and the wider community, particularly young people. The centre will address social challenges in Rwanda including peace and conflicts resolution, youth leadership and social integration.
The event was followed by the Street Football World [SFW] Network East Africa Forum 2012 on 5th October. The forum’s thematic focus was violence prevention and peaceful conflict resolution through football. The forum brought together all East Africa SFW members alongside FUDELA from Equador and AMANDLA from South Africa which brought a view from further afield on football for peace and conflict resolution.
CAC VISITS VAP FOR ANNUAL TRAINING SESSIONS
In July, five coaches from Coaches Across Continent [CAC] led an annual training session. 60 local coaches attended, from VAP and a number were also invited by the organisation. Each year, CAC visits VAP to share new football drills and lessons which can be used to effectively teach young people. This year’s topic was female empowerment with financial literacy being the key focus.
VAP GETS TUTORED ON YOUTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE AT GOAL KENYA WORKSHOP
GOAL Kenya invited two representatives from VAP, Nancy Waweru and Charles Otieno, to a 3 day behavior training workshop at Gracia Gardens from 11th – 13th September. Topics included the definition of behavior change amongst youth, formulating research and behavior analysis. Charles Otieno, VAP’s Program Officer, commented, “The knowledge gained is vital to our day to day activities.”
VAP's FIRST 2 WAY DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER
On 1st October, VAP welcomed its first volunteer from 2 Way Development, a UK-based organisation specialising in placing skilled volunteers with overseas charities.
28-year-old Hannah Adam from the UK has five years experience in marketing, public relations and business development and will be focusing on fundraising, communications and staff training . She will also conduct a research project to gather insight into how VAP’s programs can be further developed. Hannah will be with VAP for at least four months.
It is anticipated that 2 Way Development will provide VAP with many more volunteers over the comings years. This access to skilled, long-term volunteers will enable VAP to strengthen its internal structure, staff capacity and the delivery of its service.