The last cohort of 2018 graduates of all vocational training courses converged at the Jericho social hall for the 3nd annual Mrembo Economic Empowerment Trade fair (MEET), ready with their acquired skills and equipment to showcase to the invited audience. MEET presents an opportunity for vocational training participants to display the combination of football based activities integrated with economic empowerment while showcasing to the general public, invited local existing and potential employers from different sectors including restaurants, hotels and salon. Based on their respective skills, some of the graduates instantly landed internship and job placements opportunities from the invited employers with some to be placed in other institutions later and others opting to start their own businesses.
MESSAGE FROM NJAMBI
Withthe event being covered by Kenya's leading broadcasting television,here is what was captured from one of the girls "Thanks for the opportunity and the support that i got through football and the vocational training course.I now work at Ghanian Hotel and I can confidently support my mother and my son. Said Njambi
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The on-going Mrembo programme that focuses on girls and young women has had an additional Goal module 5 that is geared towards scaling up Employment and Entrepreneurship project within VAP. The module has 12-sessions which build on Module 4 “Be Money Savvy” and basic financial literacy by introducing adolescent girls and young women to themes, topics and skills related to entrepreneurship and employability. The objective of the module is to introduce participants to entrepreneurship and employability skills and topics that will serve as a foundation for their continued economic empowerment. The target audience is adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 14 – 25 years who have had basic financial literacy and life skill training, either through Mrembo, Goal or another programme.
Vital Conversations in a Safe Space
The second batch of the Employment and Entrepreneurship participants sharing their personal experiences and beliefs on sensitive issues related to sexual reproductive health and rights. The participants who are taking various vocational training courses through the employment and entrepreneurship project are expected to graduate from their respective courses in the next couple of weeks.” The sessions are very open and interactive as critical issues are being discussed. As a girl i now know my rights and am ready to share the information with my peers.” Said Mueni, who is pursuing tailoring course.
Hands At Work
After finishing her hair and beauty course, 18 year old Mbogo managed to secure employment at Corner hair and beauty salon in Kitengela.Sheila who is the first born of 5 sibling family from Mukuru slum has just joined VAP Achievers club (participants who have graduated through football based social and economic programs) “The life skills that I got from the trainings enabled me to make my own healthy lifestyle decisions that made me to pursue my career. Am happy to have secured a job that will help me assist my younger brothers and sisters.” Said Mbogo.
Climax of Wasichana Wacheze Football League
With the 4th edition of Wasichana Wacheze ‘Girls play’ football league approaching its tail end, there has been lots of newly introduced football based life skills discussions surrounding reproductive health and rights tailored made for adolescent girls. The league that’s currently attracting 28 teams comprised of girls and young women is played across 4 different fields. The new life skills sessions are conducted by Mrembo coaches during half time intervals as well as before and after football matches. Wasichana Wacheze league is also a breeding ground for the integration of girls and young women into vocational training courses for the employment and entrepreneurship project
It has been a great rollercoaster ride for 19 years old Mary who has just joined the ‘VAP Achievers’ club after having undergone all VAP’s programs right from the foundations of VAP’s programs, football based life skills and into Employment and Entrepreneurship program where she focused on a catering course and eventually graduated and finally got a job placement with PrideInn Hotel based in westlands part of Nairobi. The PrideInn hotels consist of 3 brands namely: PrideInn Express, PrideInn Business and PrideInn Plus. “Am happy that football is a life changing tool for both on and off the field.” Said Mary who also featured in the last ‘Wasichana Wacheze’ football league 3rd edition in 2017
Business,Marketing and Research Training
As they are gearing up to make an exit of their vocational training course, the first cohort of the 2018 were engaged into a 10 days intensive business training and research of their respective courses. Led by experienced business training professionals, the participants were taken through various topics surrounding business set up, savings, budgeting, customer relationship tips, book keeping, and how to access small loans etc. Participants were also trained on job search and job retention skills.At the end of the training,each participant would be expected to draft and present a business plan to a panel of judges comprised of different professionals who would go through the proposals and award the best plans with some capital funds to start up their respective businesses.
Coming from different community chapters and schools yearning for leadership skills,52 students gathered at VAP offices for a one day leadership workshop that also marked the preparation of the 2018 Wasichana Wacheze (Let girls play) football league. Despite the leadership and goal setting topics that were covered, the football league will ran under the theme of “Pressing for progress to empower girls through football to achieve effective future goals.” As usual the league will provide a safe space for girls to learn on issues surrounding a girl child facilitated by Mrembo Coaches.
Celebrating International Women's Day With SCB Staff
In celebration of International Women's Day, our girls and young women in Employability and Entreprenurship got a chance to interact with Standard Chartered Bank staff for some fun and mentorship sessions.The participants who are currently engaged in different vocational training courses were excited to get the opportunity of meeting bank's staff who also taught them on various financial literacy including,budgeting,savings,opening of bank accounts etc."Am so excited to visit the bank for the first time and learn on financial literacy topics from the bankers.Once i finish my course,i will try look for a job and then save some money to open my own business."Said 16 years old Akinyi.
First and foremost,on behalf of Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) and particularly this project that you have been unwavering supporting,i would like to convey a message of THANK YOU from the bottom of the project :beneficiaries,communities,staff,volunteers and the board of the organization.Indeed your continous generous donation has been of great impact to the lives of many girls and young women who would have not gotten the many opportunities that your sacrified donation has contributed.Right from providing an opportunity to play soccer as well as having a safe space to talk and discus about issues affecting girl child and young women in general including sexual reproductive health and rights to providing an opportunity for economic and entrepreneural development,as an organization we have witnessed a massive change of lives with the girls and young women that have gone through this project.
Today as we celebrate international womens day,we would like to extend this celebration right from our communities and the many girls who are involved in our project and invite you to celebrate with us for the many gains and achievement our girls have attained and for the women of this world so far.We would therefore also like to remind you that TODAY GlobalGiving is matching all the donations raised to this project on this particular day.So help us get the matching funds as you donate and reach out to your friends to help out too.
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