The eruption of covid-19 pandemic is and still continues to be a challenge globally with many people getting infected every day and lives getting lost every minute and hours. Since the first detection of covid-19 in Kenya, its spread has been on the rise with many communities struggling with ways of curbing the virus. However, many of the communities that VAP serve which are slum areas of Nairobi, have been facing a great challenge of basic necessities which include: inadequate water supply which is very key towards preventing covid-19 virus, congestions of houses and people, inadequate soap and sanitizers, masks and other items.
It’s out of the covid-19 breakout that Vijana Amani Pamoja initiated a ‘VAP Cares,Covid-19 Response’ initiative that aims at creating awareness of covid-19 in the slum areas, targeting its youth participants and the entire communities.VAP Cares initiative has been on the frontline making a door to door community visits distributing soaps, and teaching communities on the importance of social distancing, proper hand washing of hands by using soaps, staying At Home and reporting to the nearest health facility in case of any symptoms of covid-19 .” Am happy to have received soap and more information of covid-19 awareness, me and my young family are going to stay at home to prevent the disease.” Said 19 year old Jacinta a young mother of 18 months old baby. As VAP Cares covid-19 campaigns continue, we would appreciate any kind of donation that would go towards supporting and spreading the awareness of covid-19 in all the slum areas of Nairobi.
As participants and their families are observing social distancing and staying at home as one of the measures of curbing the spread of covid-19, VAP has created strategies of reaching out to its participants and community at large through various platforms including: parents’ whatsapp group where basic information and any other material regarding Covid-19 will be shared including a hotline telephone number for more information and referrals. Another whatsapp group for older program participants who have access to phones will be created for a similar purpose. All the whatsapp messages will be backed up with sms texts while other information will be posted on social platforms for tech savvy participants and community members.
Creation of Animation for Team: Covid-19 vs Human
Vijana Amani Pamoja is urgently coming up with a creation of animation play that would feature team: Covid-19 Vs Human.This play will entail fun football based activities between Covid-19 (representing The Virus) vv Human team.The activities will narrate how dangerous covid-19 virus is to Human and its effects while also providing the fun based activities that football/soccer provides.The activities will be wrapped up with key covid-19 awareness messgaes to the kids/youuth who are at home to learn and understand how dangerous the virus is while also learning how to prevent the virus and its spread.VAP will work closely with various media houses who will air the program for the youth and the general communities to learn and understand the virus.For this action to take place,VAP is seeking for donations from various individuals to undertake this initiative and reach out to millions of youth and communities around Kenya via broadcasting channels.
The year 2019 was a great memorable year and there’s no way Vijana Amani Pamoja could usher into the new year without expressing our utmost THANK YOU note to all the:supporters,volunteers,staff,coaches,program participants and the partners, for making it happen. Still at the early foundation of the New Year, VAP has received recognition badges from GlobalGiving foundation for the following commitments: vetted by GlobalGiving for actively engaging with the community and top ranked for the year 2019: Site visit verified badge for hosting GlobalGiving representative: GlobalGiving staff favorite, a selection by one of GlobalGiving Staff, and Effective badge for being dynamic through: Listen, Act, and Learn cycles.
16 years old John has been a true community football role model both on and off the football pitch. As a footballer who plays for Majengo football club that features in the nationwide football league, a second tier league, his character, leadership and captaincy skills have been exemplary of great inspiration to his fellow teammates and the community around. John has been so passionate in show corruption red program that teaches integrity and leadership skills through football based manual, and as a coach he balances well his time of going for program implementation and for football practice with his team.
"Footbal is really in my blood and i like visiting schools and community centres within my community,teaching children integrity and leadership skills through my sport."Said John.
Following the impressiveness and success of Kick-out corruption program in different community centres and schools, the demand of having the program in other schools and centres is rising up on a daily basis. After having completed the program in different schools and communities, Mr Wali the head teacher from Bundu primary school who was visiting Jacaranda academy school when the program was on going, happened to get a first hand opportunity to witness kick-out corruption program at Bundu school. After his witnessing, he enquired from the program implementers if he could have the program at his school as well. Immediately after the completion of the program at Jacaranda school, focus shifted to his school at Bundu where a total of 150 student participants aged 12-15 years old both boys and girls are currently participating in the program. Asked why he was interested in the program, this is what Mr. Wali said “There is great need of this program in this school and given the fact that we are all nurturing future leaders, I think it’s more important they start to know the dangers of corruption right from the tender ages so that when they grow up and become leaders, they can be leaders of integrity who can spur this nation to a greater height as far as development is concerned.” “I feel so proud to be part of the Kick-Out corruption program because my dream is to become a great leader and I know I can’t achieve this if I don’t learn integrity issues and the dangers of corruption. This is something that teachers don’t teach us, but am glad to be able to receive from VAP organization.” Said Mwoki ,a 13 years old program participant from Jacaranda school.
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