When you were a teenager, chances are you needed some guidance to reach your goals. In life, as in soccer, you need assists to score goals. I know I did, and I’m grateful for those who helped me. Every day in developing countries on soccer pitches, in school yards, in classrooms, and on dusty fields, Vijana Amani Pamoja are making an assist for young people—but they can’t do it without your support. Young people in sub-Saharan Africa face the most acute combination of health and economic issues of any population in the world, including HIV, unwanted pregnancy, and gender-based violence. With your help, they can overcome these obstacles and reach their goals. By making an assist, you can empower youth to shine and achieve their goals. On Tuesday, GlobalGiving launched GlobalGiving’s 2017 YEAR-END CAMPAIGN to celebrate our 2017 fundraising campaigns which you have been a great part of it.GlobalGiving is now offering twenty $100 prizes to the first 10 projects to reach 50 donors and the first 10 projects to reach $10,000 by the end of 2017. We are humbly reaching out to YOU to help us be part of the first 10 projects for this campaign.
The 3rd annual Wasichana Wacheze (Let Girls play) Top 8 football tournament finals came at a time when Kenya was entangled in a political turmoil and presidential election crossroads. As a warm up and to set up a peaceful atmosphere, all the eight schools that advanced to the finals of Wasichana Wacheze including their teachers, coaches and community members took part in a peace procession walk in the streets of various estates and slum areas which are perceived to be hotbeds of violence. The teams took advantage of all the football skills and equipments at their disposal including whistles, banners and placards with peace messages to send a word of PEACE across the communities.
Let The Games Begin
After the procession walk, all the eight girl teams assembled at Jericho community grounds for the knock-out matches and finals played under the theme of ‘Embracing peace, love and unity to empower girls through football’. This was the culmination of the Wasichana Wacheze football league that ran for 6 months in various schools and community centres with sixteen teams on board. During the league period, girls are normally taken through learning lessons on sexual health reproductive and rights by various VAP Mrembo coaches in their respective schools and community Mrembo chapters.
We Still Need Your Help
A couple of months ago VAP has been engaged in a vigorous local online fundraising campaign through the YETU initiative towards supporting its Employability and Entrepreneurship project that strives to economically empower graduates of Mrembo (Girls ) programs. So far the fundraising has raised Kes 116,605 and counting. In this regard team VAP really appreciates the unwavering support it continues to receive from different and generous supporters, partners and well-wishers who have committed themselves with monetary and in-kind donation. However, our eyes are still on the ball to reach the target of Kes, 500,000 by December which will result to a matching fund from YETU.The fundraising is still on and this is how to do it:Go on to Global Giving platform or if you’re in Kenya, go to: Go to MPESA, select lipa na M-PESA, Enter pay bill 891300, Account VTC.To donate on Airtell: Go to Airtel Money, select Make Payments, paybill, other Business Name MCHANGA, Reference VTC
‘This project report is a submission to GlobalGiving’s 2017 Fail Forward Contest, where organizations are asked to share a story of when they tried something new that didn’t go as planned and how they learned from it. Enjoy!’
A couple of years ago Vijana Amani Pamoja(VAP) introduced the economic empowerment initiative through Mrembo program ( a program that empowers girls and young women with social skills e.g sexual health reproductive and rights.The economic empowerment initiative was meant to be done through integrating graduates of Mrembo social skills into vocational trainings i.e hair and beauty as well as pastry and baking courses.VAP started conducting trainings on these courses using their own internal coaches who had more experience on social lifeskills with very minimal experiences on hair and beauty as well as pastry and baking.
After a couple of four months, the 12 vocational training candidates had to graduate from their respective courses and according to the plans set aside by VAP, internship and jobplacesments with various local salons and restaurants had to be created by VAP management so that these candidates could get an opportunity to work, live and enjoy an economic independent lifestyle which is actually part of VAP’s vision ‘Creating a society that’s socially, healthy and economically empowered.’
After laying all the ground works, the internship and job placements were secured for all the 12 graduates of hair and beauty as well as pastry and baking in their respective careers with local salons and restaurants. After spending one week in their respective placements, all the candidates were sent back to VAP’s offices with information that they were not ready for the employment and entrepreneurship world by the fact that they did not have enough experience and they largely lack adequate skills for employability both theoretically and practically.
This forced the management of VAP to restructure itself and reorganize the entire vocational training courses after realizing that lack of including professional trainers for the courses and including participants’ views in designing the courses played a major role in the whole disappointment .VAP started by conducting survey, collecting stories and conducting thorough focus group discussions with all the returned candidates and other participants in the social life skills programs including teachers, parents and other community members to get their views and opinions on how they would want to see the vocational training courses conducted. Based on all the information collected, VAP management had to fully restructure the vocational training courses by including experienced external professional trainers on hair and beauty as well as pastry and baking to retrain the 12 candidates a fresh as well as another additional group of 8 girls. The trainers laid a training timetable and a curriculum for 4 months that included views from all stakeholders included both theoretical and practical sessions as well as periodical continuous assessment examination to monitor and evaluate preparedness of the candidates. After 4 months of their trainings, all 20 vocational training candidates graduated and were all placed in various job placements in their respective careers: salons and restaurants, with a few of them starting their own small businesses. Moving forward,VAP has been expanding into other courses e.g photography, and Interior design for its social lfeskills graduates by using the new approach of conducting surveys, collecting stories, conducting focus group discussion and including views from the community as well as hiring career professionals to conduct trainings for the purposes of producing well prepared candidates who are ready for the world of employment and entrepreneurship
Njambi is a 25 year old lady, just like any other girl she has dreams and goals for her future. Njambi was born and raised in Mathare slums. She is a third born in a family of 5 and an orphan since age 14. She gave birth to a son when she was 19. This did not deter her from dreaming on. Njambi learned about Vijana Amani Pamoja early 2017 through her sister's headteacher and purposed to join the Girls Program which she did in June 2017. Today Njambi is in our Employability and Entrepreneurship project taking a Catering and Pastry Course. Listen to her storyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch? v=TOYAa_zyyU0
Through its continuous efforts of striving to learn, improve and grow its programs’ impact, VAP has won a spot on GlobalGiving’s Top 10 list of Non-profit organizations committed to impact https://www. globalgiving.org/learn/top-10- nonprofits/. This has been as a result of actively participating in the GlobalGiving Rewards systems which GlobalGiving uses to recognize the over 17,908 nonprofit partners globally who are committed to learn improve and grow. The Reward system provides tools and trainings necessary for nonprofit organizations to utilize as they continue to build and scale up the capacity of their programs while receiving points for both effectiveness (commitment to learning) and Engagement (participation on the GlobalGiving platform).The listing has been accompanied by a seed grant from GlobalGiving which will go towards strengthening the capacity of the programs."I wonna say thank you very much for your continous donations through GlobalGiving that contributed largely on our impact and effectiveness.Please rest assured that this award also belongs to you." Said Enouce,Director of Vijana Amani Pamoja.Please find attached the certificate.
Final Touches on Hair and Beauty Course
With a few months left before the 2017 curtains come down, the last batch of Mrembo salon vocational training candidates are on the tail end of their hair and beauty courses. The girls have been engaged in both practical and theoretical sessions that also included financial and computer literacy lessons as part of their readiness into employability and entrepreneurship world that awaits them in the not- too- distance future. “My aim is to open my own salon and provide a job placement to one of the Mrembo hair and beauty vocational training candidates.” Said 18 year old Mercy.
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