Echoing VAP’s vision of envisioning a society that is socially, healthy and economically empowered, VAP Mrembo girls graduates were part of the newly recruited candidates passionate about taking pastry and baking as their future career. As part of VAP’s vocational training, the candidates will as well receive trainings on computer classes and financial literacy as a whole package and have a hands-on experience working as interns at M-Food restaurant. Like the other graduates of Mrembo salon, another facet of vocational training focusing on hair and beauty, VAP will seek partnership with well-established restaurants in search of employment opportunities for the pastry and baking graduates. The pastry and baking course is expected to run for 3 months and thereafter another recruitment is conducted. For the very first time both Mrembo salon, pastry and baking vocational training candidates will participate in the Mrembo Economic Empowerment Trade fair event (MEET) scheduled in December to showcase their employability prowess to the community and invited guests who would mainly consist of existing and potential employers from various salon and restaurants who have agreed to integrate VAP’s vocational training graduates including candidates with intellectual and developmental disability as part of their businesses’ corporate social responsibility. “Am looking forward to utilize my skills that would make me open my own cafeteria.” Said 18 year old, Caroline.
Global Giving UK fundraising and communication workshop
Led by the Chief Executive Officer, Eleanor Harrison Global Giving UK conducted a one day fundraising and communication workshop to its existing partners in Kenya. Over 30 organizations drawn from different parts of Kenya including VAP attended the workshop whose topics included: crowd funding techniques, donor retention, compelling progress reports, maximizing Global Giving rewards and other portals on global giving UK fundraising platform.VAP has been actively involved on global giving online fundraising platforms, attending various online training webinars that have resulted into a seal of approval from Global Giving towards gaining multiple partnerships and direct linkage to corporates, individuals, foundations and skilled volunteers who have been of massive contribution to VAP’s wellbeing and operation.