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.
26 Goal coaches had a 3 days refresher course with an additional new Goal module being introduced to the program. Facilitated by Women Win representative, the new module is tailored to enhance and help girls in vocational training courses to independently choose their pathways in either employability or entrepreneurship. The refresher course created an opportunity for coaches to reflect on the program and discuss both challenges and successes while working with the participants in the communities and schools.
Team:Fashion and Design
Carole and Ajuma are part of the new kids on the block who were recently integrated into various vocational training courses after graduating from football based life skills program. The two are among the 5 girls who are currently doing Fashion and Design, a newly added course within VAP’s vocational training courses.VAP has partnered with Unity College of professional studies to provide quality trainings for the candidates. “My dream is to open my own fashion and design shop also create employment to others.” Said 17yrs old Carole.
Team:Information and Technology
Information and technology class going through their sessions. A total of 10 participants are taking the course. Candidates are taught on computer basics with other additional skills including CV writing, job search through internet amongst other packages.VAP is linking up with various local IT institutions including cyber cafes with aim of creating internship and job placements opportunity for its IT candidates once they graduate. “I want to save some money, then look for a small loan that will help me start my own cyber café.” Said 19 years old Mary.
As an honor to its continuous and committed work of serving the community and maintaining the ‘Superstar status’ on global giving fundraising platform,VAP was awarded with several badges from GlobalGiving during the past Gratitude Week celebrations. The badges included: GlobalGiving Top Ranked organization 2017-actively engaged in the community: GlobalGiving Staff Favorite badge-Selected by someone as a favorite: VAP will continue to create innovation and dynamism in its football based programs whereas learning from other like-minded organizations and community as a whole as it impacts the lives of its participants.” Thanks so much for the awards and more over the support that we get through generous individuals who donate through GlobalGiving fundraising platform. The awards go to the entire community that we serve and we are so grateful to everyone who makes it happen.” Said Enouce, Director, Vijana Amani Pamoja.
A couple of months ago VAP was engaged in a vigorous local online fundraising campaign through the YETU initiative geared towards supporting its Employability and Entrepreneurship project that strives to economically empower graduates of football based life skills programs. On this drive VAP came out shouting with its trumpets, living no stone unturned calling upon all well-wishers, partners, and volunteers from different walks of the world to support the initiative and help VAP reach its target of raising Kes, 500,000 within a span of 6 months. It’s through the response of this calling and the generous contribution made by YOU that VAP finally hit the target ahead of 18 days to go. The collected funds will go towards supporting and scaling up the Economic and Employability project by introducing other vocational training courses.
Ready, set, go! 2018 Vocational training Cohorts
Having started on a shoe string budget, VAP’s employment and entrepreneurship project which is part of the wider vocational training initiative, an off-shoot of Mrembo program, received a major boost from standard chartered bank to support more girls in its vocational training courses. The six month grant enabled VAP to stretch out its vocational training tentacles, reaching out to other courses which were as a result of the mini research on vocational training courses selected by the participants. Amongst the new courses include: paralegal, Information &technology, Interior design and website design.VAP has partnered with various local colleges who will ensure quality trainings are rendered to the participants as an exit strategy of providing internship and job placements after their courses are laid down."Am looking forward to doing paralegal and help out advocating for the right of children in my community." Said 18 years old Jenny.
As the curtains for 2017 are rolling down, VAP fraternity would like to express its utmost ‘Thank You’ note to various individuals including: coaches, teachers, volunteers, well-wishers and staff who have given their unwavering support towards achieving what we had planned for the year 2017.We would as well like to stretch out our deepest ‘Thanks’ to various supporters, partners, and donors who have devoted their time and resources to help us make it possible. The year 2017 has had its share of challenges and successes but together we have managed to overcome. We have indeed changed the lives of many girls through football and this was truly made possible by your generous donations. As we warm-up again for the year 2018,we would like to wish everyone happy holidays and a prosperous 2018.
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