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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
Recognition Badges from Global Giving
Recognition Badges from Global Giving

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.

Psychosocial Support Training for Coaches

 A two days psychosocial support training for coaches and volunteers working with secure future program (targeting pregnant adolescent girls and young mothers) was conducted in the month of January. The aim of the training was to impact the coaches to have a better understanding on Loss and Grief and the warning signs associated with the same. The topics came in handy as some of the coaches and the secure future participants had experienced loss and grief during their day to day life activities. “This kind of training is a value addition to me personally and the skills that i have already gained as an agent of change in our communities.” Said 22 years old Esther.

Psychosocial Support Teach Back Sessions

Fresh from the psychosocial support training, secure future coaches dived into teach back sessions of Loss and Grief trainings with secure futures program participants. One after another, participants had an opportunity to share with the coaches in depth matters related to loss, and effects of grief. The sessions created a therapeutic experience as most of the participants don’t have the courage to visit counselors. “I have never attended a session touching on such topics, I have gained lots of information about loss and grief and now I know how to tackle them.” Said  19 years old,Mwanaisha a mother of two

Influencer's Forum

A group of 60 male influencers of Secure Future program participants gathered at the centre of Kiambio slum ready for a candid talk on issues surrounding positive masculinity all geared towards supporting adolescent pregnant girls and young mothers. With majority of them being their spouses, boyfriends, fathers and guardians, the group engaged in a constructive dialogue that sparked vital conversations amongst themselves that outlined their roles and responsibilities as influencers of secure future participants.

Psychosocial Support Training for Coaches
Psychosocial Support Training for Coaches
Psychosocial Support Teach Back Sessions
Psychosocial Support Teach Back Sessions
Influencers's Forum
Influencers's Forum
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Monica with her Grandmother
Monica with her Grandmother

18 year old Monica  joined by her grandmother was amongst the last batch of 2019 Employment and Entrepreneurship participants that graduated early in the month of December. Monica who has (moderate) intellectual developmental disability was enrolled at Nile Road special school at the age of 10 years and participated in VAP’s football based life skills programs which she graduated and later on enrolled into Employment+Entrepreneurship project focusing on Catering+ Pastry course. “Am happy to see my granddaughter completing her course and ready for job opportunity and work just like any other person.” Said Monica’s grandmother.

Teaming Up For Good

A one day interactive session on sexual reproductive health and presentations of re-usable sanitary towels for girls participating in the Goal project and Skillz league was conducted by Huru international and staff from local standard chartered bank. The bank’s staff and girls engaged into one-on-one mentorship talks with girls opening up and discussing freely on their life challenges and experiences.Additional lessons covered included financial topics: savings, budgeting and banking amongst others. Participating girls were handed sanitary pads, bar soaps and under wears courtesy of Huru international.

Mentorship session
Mentorship session
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Adolescent  Girls and Young Moms playing football
Adolescent Girls and Young Moms playing football

Part of Secure Future’s project menu is football league owned and played by young mums. The football league provides physical activities and well-being tailored to their needs as they bounce back to their normal healthy lifestyles. The league also provides a safe space for learning critical life skills to the entire sexual health reproductive and rights. The league is backed up by a parallel league for male partners (boyfriends and husbands of the young moms) who are learning skills for positive masculinity, parenting and how to respect and support their women and families.

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Nurses having a session with young moms
Nurses having a session with young moms

Adolescent girls and young moms under ‘Secure Futures’ program had a privilege of being visited by nurses from Bahati health care Centre, a local hospital that has forged a partnership with VAP as one of its referral points. The nurses addressed issues of: family planning, prenatal, antenatal care, delivery, sexual reproductive health related issues and several topics regarding maternal to prepare expectant young moms for safe delivery. Participants were invited to visit Bahati to familiarize with the equipment and the procedures. Bahati hospital will work hand in hand with the secure futures participants as they provide maternal health and family planning information and services to the participants.

Standard Chartered Bank's Global Staff Visits VAP

Standard Chartered Bank’s staff from different parts of the world came all the way from their respective countries to: learn, network and exchange knowledge with VAP’s Employment Entrepreneurship participants. Led by standard chartered bank’s local representative, the staff had an opportunity to learn more about GOAL program and its Employment Entrepreneurship transition including the challenges and success that participants encounter during the entire program. The staff had a mentorship session with participants sharing their own experiences, challenges and successes from their own backgrounds while inspiring participants.

VAP At The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

With its advocacy of economic empowerment for young women through the platform of football, VAP was part of the delegation that was invited at the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) hosted at Cape Town International Convention Centre. The event which is Africa’s most prestigious award event was designed to showcase excellence and celebrate the achievement of women entrepreneurs and business leaders who contribute to the transformation and development of Africa’s economy, creating jobs and opportunities across the continent. Through Employment +Entrepreneurship project, VAP has been propelling girls and young women into employment and entrepreneurship opportunities with the foundation of vocational training courses.

Inclusion Walk

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.

 

SCB Global Staff with VAP participants
SCB Global Staff with VAP participants
VAP at AWIEF Conference in Cape Town
VAP at AWIEF Conference in Cape Town
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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
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Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
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Twitter: @Vap_Kenya
Project Leader:
Nancy Waweru
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Nairobi, Kenya
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