On 25th August 2013, Vijana Amani Pamoja-VAP hosted Mrembo girls tournament at Kiambiu slum. The tournament was organized under the theme of “Curbing sexual assault amongst adolescent girls” and supported by women Win. A total of 16 girls team from all the walks of Nairobi converged at Kiambiu grounds, in readiness to participate in this unique 7-a-side football tournament. An exciting day of football coupled with sexual health reproductive teachings and counseling led by Nairobi Womens Hospital and VAP’s Mrembo coaches. Participating girls had an opportunity to receive Ruby cups that were donated by Ruby Cup-a healthy, long lasting menstrual hygiene product made of 100% high quality medical grade silicone, worn internally and collects menstrual fluid during period time and is reusable for 10years.
Located in the Eastlands part of Nairobi, Kiambiu is the largest slum with an average population of 300,000 people with 30% being low income earners and 70% depending on periodical manual jobs with a few being employed in informal sectors. Kiambiu is also on record with the highest numbers of a myriad of social and economical challenges eg.HIV/AIDS, TB, lack of employment early pregnancies, rape, drug abuse etc.Mrembo tournament held at Kiambio grounds was a sigh of relief as far as bringing the awareness of how to curb sexual abuse amongst adolescent girls.Kiambiu being the host of VAP’s ground office has developed a great relationship with VAP as far as seeking health information, advise and referrals.
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