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Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums

by Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Improving lives of 1000 girls in Nairobi's slums
Ready for the world of Employment
Ready for the world of Employment

The last work preparedness Boot Camp for Employment+ Entrepreneurship for 2019 was held with 45 participants on board. The 3 days workshop was attended by various invited professionals including successful entrepreneurs, local employers from different fields and companies who gave out inspirational talks to the participants even as they prepare to join the world of employment and entrepreneurship. Some of the talks and skills presented to the participants included: CV writing, goal setting, personal branding, interviews, self-expression, personal skills etc.

Secure Futures Sessions

 Impacted with enough knowledge and trainings, secure futures coaches are hitting the ground running in communities working with expectant young mothers. Participants are taken through girl-centred approaches in safe sports spaces with information that would increase their social impact support, life skills and livelihood opportunities. Additionally, participants are taken through fitness activities to keep fit, healthy and in shape during their pregnancy period and help get back in shape those in motherhood period. “The information that am receiving is quite helpful and feeling am in good shape even as I draw near my delivery time.” Said 19 years old Caroyln.

A Visit to Standard Chartered Bank

As a routine and part of its community engagement exercise, standard chartered bank invited the last batch of 2019 VAP’s Employment+Entrepreneurship participants at the bank’s headquarters for some financial literacy sessions as a supplementary to what they have learnt  through previous business and micro finance trainings. Conducted by the bank’s staff, participants were taken through sessions that included: Budgeting, Importance of saving, differentiating between needs and wants, Benefits of saving money in an account and the process of opening an account.

Secure Futures Sessions
Secure Futures Sessions
A visit to Standard Chartered Bank
A visit to Standard Chartered Bank
Boys and Young Men As
Boys and Young Men As 'Influencers'

In preparation to launching Secure Futures project that will focus on pregnant adolescent girls and young mothers, a group of boys and young men from various parts of the targeted areas who are close to the targeted participants converged for a one day workshop. The aim of the workshop was to engage boys and men who will implement supplementary activities that will positively influence pregnant adolescent girls and young mothers’ safety and security. The boys and young men will be involved in a parallel football-based program dubbed ‘Heshima’ (Respect) which aims to teach male partners (boyfriends, husbands) of pregnant adolescent girls and young mothers about positive masculinities, women’s rights, violence and child development.

 Secure Futures Training of Traininers' Workshop

With all systems geared to go, VAP female coaches went through an intensive 3 days training of trainers’ course on Secure Futures project. The trainings conducted by Women Win, one of VAP’s partners focused on utilizing girl-centered approaches, designing activities in safe sports spaces to increase the social impact support-life skills and livelihood opportunities to young moms. Through partnership with mom in balance, the project will strive to help expectant young mothers to keep fit, healthy and in shape during their pregnancy journey and those who have given birth to help them get back in shape during motherhood period.

   World Youth Day

VAP’s Employment +Entrepreneurship youth participants were amongst the youth invited by standard chartered bank at their headquarters to celebrate World Youth Skills Day on 20th July. With over 200 youth both boys and girls from different schools across Nairobi in attendance, the youth were engaged in interactive sessions with staff mentors from the standard chartered bank. The bank’s staff shared life experiences as they trained participants on career planning, personal discipline and branding, financial savings amongst other topics.

Providing Medical Care

20 year old  Anita (on the left) who is now a nurse at mater hospital is the latest entrant of VAP’s  Achievers Club  (a group of participants who have been empowered both socially and economically).Anita has had a roller-coaster ride, since her first participation in the skillz mabeste HIV awareness program while in her primary school, and moved on to secondary school and participated in Skillz Mtaani HIV awareness program as well as Mrembo program, and finally after finishing her secondary school, she was enrolled into vocational training  under Employment Entrepreneurship project where she majored in nursing. “Am happy for participating in the social and economic programs that have really equipped me with the necessary life skills.” Said Anita.

My First Job

Fresh from the ‘Employment +Entrepreneurship Job Preparedness Boot Camp’ Natasha landed her first job with Hue Agency. Belonging to the 3rd cohort of Employment + Entrepreneurship 2019 with focus on Information and Technology as her vocational training course, she also participated in the Business Plan competition supported by standard chartered bank and won herself a computer for her business and marketing research studies.” The teachings and skills displayed by various invited well established entrepreneurs and employers during the Employment +Entrepreneurship job preparedness boot camp was of great value and impact towards my career. Am economically ready to support myself” Said 21 years old Natasha.

Secure Futures Training of Trainers
Secure Futures Training of Trainers' Workshop
World Youth Skills Day
World Youth Skills Day
Providing Medical Care
Providing Medical Care
My First Job
My First Job
Work Preparedness Bootcamp
Work Preparedness Bootcamp

All in the spirit of creating a society that is socially, economically, and healthy empowered which is the cornerstone of VAP’s programs, lot 3 of the ‘Employment +Entrepreneurship gathered for a 3 days work preparedness boot camp prior to their graduation. Attended by diverse established professionals from all the spheres of business and corporates, armed with cutting-edge information and speaker after speaker, including representatives from: standard chartered bank, VIVO company and Rotaract amongst others, participants were filled up various techniques. Amongst the skills that were taught included: CV writing, goal setting, personal branding, interviews, self-expression, personal skills etc.

 Career Awareness Forum

No sooner had the graduation of cohort 3 completed, than the career awareness for cohort 4 was conducted. Accompanied by their parents and guardians, various participants including youth with intellectual developmental disability were taken through the nitty- gritty of various vocational training courses of their choices by different professional experts from the partnering institutions. A couple of former VAP Achievers ‘Employment Entrepreneurship’ graduates who are currently working and some operating their own businesses were on board with testimonies that inspired the newly recruited cohort. “I have gone through all the social and economic program pieces of VAP and am comfortably living independently while supporting my siblings.” Said 22 years old Jacinta, a VAP Achiever.

New Vivo Employee

Fresh from participating in VAP’s life skills and Employment + Entrepreneurship projects, Judy got an internship opportunity with Vivo active wear, a Kenyan-based clothing retailer operating in major malls in Kenya. After a few months of internship dedication, exemplary performance and display of the tailoring course that she had undertaken, she impressed the management and finally landed a job placement with Vivo Active Wear Company.Judy now lives independently and can confidently support her siblings and her parents.

 

Career Awareness Workshop
Career Awareness Workshop
New Vivo Employee
New Vivo Employee
Partnership with KCDF
Partnership with KCDF

For the last couple of weeks since the official partnership with Kenya Community Development foundation (KCDF), VAP has been engaged in a vigorous local fundraising campaign with a target of raising Kes, 400,000 (USD 40,000) before 15th June. The target would result into receiving a matching fund of Kes, 1,600,000 (USD 16,000) from KCDF that would be channeled into supporting VAP’s youth who are enrolled in ’Employment +Entrepreneurship’project.It’s now official that VAP reached the target and would like to express its utmost THANK YOU note to all the supporters, friends, and volunteers from every corner of this world who charged up this fundraising drive.The funding will go towards supporting and recruiting more girls into 'Employment +Entrepreneurship' project that will see participants taking up various vocational training courses of their choice.

 VAP At Women Deliver Confernce 2019

The city of Vancouver came to a standstill when it played host to 2019 women deliver conference. Being the world’s   largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women, it brought together world leaders including: presidents, influencers, innovators and change-makers who made each main stage plenary sessions memorable and provocative. Officially opened by Canadian Prime Minister , all attendees were engaged in empowerment dialogues that drive girls and women agenda forward into the 21st century.

 VAP Trains With Mom In Balance

With every piece put together in readiness for the official launch of Secure Futures project,VAP female coaches received a one day training activities and guidelines that would be integrated into Secure Futures project.The trainings focused on how to help expectant young mothers to keep fit,healthy and in shape during their pregnanacy journey and those who have given birth to help them get back in shape during their motherhood journey.Mom In Balance will be working closely with VAP for the success of Secure Futures project whose aim is to utilize girl-centred

VAP At Women Deliver Conference
VAP At Women Deliver Conference
Training With Mom In Balance
Training With Mom In Balance
Participatory  Program Design Workshop
Participatory Program Design Workshop

After the completion of door to door mapping and data collection from young moms in different slum areas of Nairobi, young moms who were interviewed got an invitation to attend program design workshop to dive deep, share knowledge and opinions that would shape the SECURE FUTURES program. Secure Futures program is poised to utilize girl-centered approaches, design and implement activities in safe sports spaces to increase the social impact support, life skills and livelihood opportunities to young moms.

Employment +Entrepreneurship Girls At The SCB's Annual General Meeting

Employment and Entrepreneurship project girls were invited at the annual general meeting of the standard chartered bank to showcase their skills and what they have been learning in their respective courses. The one day event was attended by the bank’s staff and various invited shareholders of the bank who had an opportunity to visit and witness firsthand what the bank is doing in support of community. The event doubled as a launching pad for the bank’s future makers initiative, a global movement to tackle inequality and promote greater economic inclusion in the market with an ambitious fundraising goal to empower the next generation to learn, earn and grow.

Occupational First Aid Training

 As part of ‘Breaking The Barrier’ initiative and making sure that girls and young women are having economic development pathways into male-dominated sports careers, over 20 participants were enrolled into occupational first aid trainings. The 3 weeks trainings is focusing on topics such as : techniques and equipments,lifesaving procedure respiratory problems, heart and circulatory problems, wounds and bleeding, bone joint and muscles injuries, nervous system problems, environmental injuries, foreign objects,poisoning,bites and stings. After the graduation, participants will be able to: assess, prepare and respond to emergency incidents, monitor risks at work place, manage medical and injured casualties as well as managing emergency incidents scenes. These trainings include both theory and practical sessions and are conducted by Kenya Red Cross society inconjuction with VAP.

Girls at SCB
Girls at SCB's Annual General Meeting
Occupational First Aid Training
Occupational First Aid Training
 

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Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Nancy Waweru
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Nairobi, Kenya
$25,822 raised of $30,000 goal
 
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