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.
No sooner had she finished spending a couple of months on vocational training focusing on pastry and baking than Damaris’s dream of securing a job at a 5 star hotel came into being. The job search, CV writing and computer literacy skills gained from the vocational training as an additional package played a catalyst role towards securing the job. “Am very happy for all the skills that I have gained both for my social and economic lifestyle. I have learnt a lot through football and I can testify how powerful it can be to change the lives of people.” Said Damaris.
VAP Coach Inspires Indian Girls
With invitation from Discover Football, an organization based in Germany that focuses on enhancing women’s football professionalism right from the grassroot levels to the greater heights, coach Eva from VAP was amongst eight coaches representing eight countries from around the world that were invited to Goa India to attend Discover Football Festival. The festival involved workshops for players, coaches and journalists. The theme of the festival was ‘Women’s rights, gender equality and sexual reproductive health’. The event was used as a platform to sensitize the community on women’s rights to play football, adore their bodies as well as taking opportunity of the Discover Football Festival’s activities on amending their structures and improving women’s football.
VAP Coaches Meet With Local Standard Chartered Bank
As part of their community engagement exercise, standard chartered bank organized a one day capacity building training session with VAP coaches at the bank’s headquarters in Nairobi. Attended by several staff from different divisions representing the bank, the sessions created a platform for VAP to showcase what Goal program is all about and its impact in the community. The trainings were led by Corporate Affairs Brand and Marketing (CABM) in collaboration with ICAS who provided counseling sessions on stress management.VAP coaches shared their own personal stories and some of the challenges they encounter while working with community.
In readiness for the employability and entrepreneurship world, a bunch of 26 Mrembo girls currently on vocational training pursuing both hair and beauty, pastry and baking courses attended a one day seminar for vocational training held at VAP offices. The seminar was led by invited professional guests with vast experience in the field of entrepreneurship, job preparedness and retention. Participants were taken through practical and theoretical sessions of their respective courses with additional trainings on: personality profile, job application, personal branding, public relations, self-employment,budgeting, savings and banking .Budgeting, savings and banking trainings were provided courtesy of standard chartered bank who sent a staff to deliver the trainings on pro bono.The trainings included Q and A sessions with the facilitators.
Mrembo Food Challenge
As part of their practical preparations, Mrembo vocational training candidates for catering organized an internal Mrembo Food Challenge. The challenge that came as a surprise to VAP staff and volunteers was meant to showcase their cooking skills gained throughout their course and as a signal to get into the world of cooking. The candidates who are about to graduate from their course will be attached to various local existing restaurants and for those willing to start up their own businesses will be supported to realize their dreams.
Ready to venture into entrepreneurship and employability world, 10 girls from different backgrounds assembled at VAP offices to sign up as the next bunch of Mrembo Pastry vocational training. The new bunch of girls are scheduled to commence their vocational trainings this month of July. As usual despite pastry lessons, they will have an opportunity to be trained on personal goal setting, financial management, ICT as well managerial, leadership and job-searching and job-retention skills that will be valued in their respective communities, workforce and throughout their career.
Sports Celebrities Gather for a Common Goal
Over 30 sports celebrities including coaches, current and former players drawn from different disciplines amongst them: football, volleyball gathered at Jericho social hall for a one day’ Paying It Forward’ seminar. The group also comprised of former Mrembo and vocational training graduates as well as community chapter leaders representing various chapters who joined the rest of the team for inspirational life and career talk. The objective of the workshop was to increase leadership model capacity and to create a space for women sports leaders to interact, share, acquire and hone leadership skills. The sessions were led by seasoned women speakers invited from established women led organizations. “I have learnt and gained confidence in myself. As a girl I have my rights to make informed decisions about my life.” Said 14 year old Debra, from Maringo chapter.
A group of 50 girl students accompanied by their teachers and parents representing various schools and chapters assembled at VAP headquarters for a one day training workshop organized by Mrembo coaches. The coaches took the participants through various topics that included: sexual reproductive health and rights, leadership and conflict management. With VAP programs already live in their respective schools, the workshop provided a safer space to candidly and openly talk about issues surrounding a girl child and engaging Mrembo coaches interactively." The workshop has taught me how to make my own decision regarding my life.I will always protect my life and also talk to other young girls about hoow they can protect theirs too." Said Rachel 13 year old from Kimathi primary school
Talking About What's Not Said
Teaming up with What’s Not Said a charity group that’s geared towards teaching and facilitating discussions on cultural norms, sexual health and relationships to empower youth,VAP organized a one day seminar with a group of 250 boys drawn from various local football clubs that work closely with VAP programs. The group had interactive and open discussions about critical issues and topics surrounding sex, relationships, cultural norms amongst others that many a times are not talked about openly. Through the discussions, the youth had an opportunity to gain tangible information that would trigger them to make their own informed decisions." I now know how to protect my life and making healthy decisions about me.I will also talk to other young girls on how to make informed healthy decision regarding their lives." Said 15 yearl old Daniiel
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