Mixed Gender Forum
Mixed Gender Forum
On Saturday 14th August, VAP held a mixed gender forum in Kiambio areas. Convened under the belt of Secure Future’s program, the meeting’s aim was to create an open dialogue and conversations on social, healthy and economic issues with gender lens. Attended by pregnant adolescent girls, young mothers and their respective male partners from all the walks of Kiambio and its neighborhoods who have been participating in the program, the meeting aimed increasing knowledge and enacting the right attitudes and perspectives on gender equality. Participants received talks on Gender Roles, Gender Based Violence, Drug Abuse, Parenting and contraceptives from experts and held a moderated debate on the same. “Since participating in the program I have learnt how to take care of myself and going for antenatal care.” Said 20 year old Salima.
Graduation of Young Fathers
After a successful involvement in Secure Futures program, a group of 23 male partners: boyfriends and husbands of secure futures program participants: pregnant adolescent girls and young mothers were awarded with certificates as confirmation of participating in the program. Their participation and commitment in the program as ‘Influencers’ has been of great help towards supporting the impact of the entire program, increasing knowledge and enacting the right attitudes and perspectives on gender equality and promoting positive masculinity. Despite the graduation exercise they were engaged in candid group discussions with invited experts on issues surrounding: Gender roles, Gender Based Violence, drug abuse, parenting and contraceptives.” These talks have been of great help to me, as men we really need to support our women/wifes and have open communications on family matters including family planning” Said 21 year old J Otieno.
Goal Program Stretches to the outskirts of Nairobi
Participants from Ngalala primary school located on the outskirts of Nairobi participated in Goal program as their first sports fun based extra- curricular program. Led by VAP’s experienced Goal coaches, they were taken through various topics which included: Menstruation, Hygiene, Building self-Confidence, importance of teamwork, and reproductive health among others. Participants received sanitary pads distributed to them and were also taught on the proper usage and disposal of the pads. With the demand of sports based life skills program on the rise from other neighboring schools and communities, VAP will build on this relationship and establish its presence in the area reaching out to additional communities.” Our youth have had fun and enjoyed playing sports as they also learned vital life lessons that are very key to the youth of these areas.” Said head teacher of Ngalala.
VAP's Youth Empowerment Centre
The development plans of VAP’s youth empowerment centre is taking shape with the building drawings already submitted for approval at the lands authority. Once approved, the official construction of the facility will commence. With the ‘Empower The Future’fundraising campaign still going on, VAP through its partners and well-wishers is looking forward to having the following at the Centre: Health clinic (For community members and program participants to access HIV testing, counseling, and health referrals), Vocational training block (for various employment and entrepreneurship courses for youth),Gender Based Violence Recovery Centre (For girls and young women with GBV cases) Mental Health & Psycho social support block (Counseling area for program participants/community members with Mental health),Common space (for program trainings and workshops),Sports facility (A gym, football pitch & basketball court for sports based programs and well-being),Library and volunteer accommodation blocks. The Centre will create a safe space for VAP community to gather, learn, and play as well as establishing a social enterprise and a source of pride for the community. For partnership opportunities including in-kind, monetary support and branding and marketing opportunities, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.Let’s ‘Empower The Future’ together!
Young Fathers' Graduation