Over 100 students both boys and girls from Mukuru slums were enrolled to the show corruption ‘Red card’ program. The program that commenced in the month August has been conducted three times in a week. The implementers of the program who are dubbed as Anti-corruption crusaders have been teaching participants on various issues including integrity and leadership through various soccer games. Since the inception of the show corruption ‘Red card’ program, the participating students have been actively involved in all the sessions that do require active participation. With every participant having a great ambition for his/her future life, the issue of integrity has been a critical topic to discuss and think about. During the first day, all participants were given some surveys to fill to gauge their knowledge about corruption and their attitude and its results. With corruption being a major issue in our societies today, every participant was quite aware of its consequences. “Corruption has been a great enemy towards achieving any development and for any society to move forward in terms of development, we should all unite and say ‘NO’ to corruption. I like this program that uses football to teach about the dangers of corruption.” Said 6 year old Vincent.
Centre For Youth Empowerment
In line with its 5 year strategic plan, VAP has acquired a piece of land for community use and help achieve its overall sustainability plans. Under the „Empower The Future campaign drive, VAP through its partners and well-wishers is looking forward to having the following centres: an office block, vocational training centres ( including a test kitchen and fashion and design centre),Psychosocial support Centre, Health Centre, Gender based violence recovery Centre, Sports facility, Library and common space and volunteer accommodation. The centre will create a safe space for VAP community to gather, learn, create, and play. A safe space, Social enterprise and a source of pride for the community. For partnering opportunities including inkind and monetary support as well as corporate branding and marketing, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Lets „Empower The Future together!
As an organization that listens to its community and values its successes on its model which is community led from ‘Bottom to Top’ approach, a stakeholders meeting was held in the month of January. The one day meeting brought together program participants, parents, guardians, community coaches, community members. Like-minded organizations and government representatives as well as children office departments to talk about community challenges and successes. The meeting created a platform and a safe space for attendees to share, network and learn from each other as VAP collected views and opinions that would help reshape and redesign its programs.
A Visit from Kenya Community Development Foundation
As part of their grassroot commitment to community development and capacity building of its partners, Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) paid a courtesy call to VAP’s offices. Accompanied with representatives from I&M bank foundation, the key purpose of the meeting was to learn, share knowledge, challenges and successes of the ongoing projects especially with the covid-19 fog. The meeting wrapped up with a ground visit to the participants’ areas of operations.KCDF supports communities to initiate and drive their development agenda by harnessing and growing their resources as well as securing their basic rights and services from duty bearers. It works with poor, marginalized and disadvantaged communities as its primary target group and looks to provide them support in uplifting themselves from their situation through their own efforts.
Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) would like to express its utmost THANK YOU message to all of its supporters and partners who have been standing in solidarity with us and showing unwavering support, all throughout despite the difficult moment the year 2020 has brought forth. Indeed through your dedicated support, VAP has been on the forefront of working and serving the community relentlessly and making sure that the lives of the communities that we are serving are changed.Truely,this would not be happening if it wasn’t for your continuous sacrifice and support towards VAP’s projects. Every donation that you have been making through GlobalGiving platform has been of great impact and value to the lives of the people that we serve.
Next week, our GlobalGiving partner is Moving A Million for #Giving Tuesday. It’s dedicating to show up for the community of nonprofit partners, and are committing $1,000,000 in incentive funds this #GivingTuesday, Dec 1, 2020.As VAP’s solidarity partner on GlobalGiving, VAP is reaching out to you to let you know about this initiative and help us be part of the incentive by making your donation which will be matched by GlobalGiving and make VAP to be part of the incentive. You may invite and encourage your friends to donate and help VAP to benefit from the incentive this Giving Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020.
Once again,many thanks for your generous donations!
With the new normal way of conducting programs taking shape in our communities, the first monitoring and evaluation meeting of coaches was held at VAP offices. The meeting which was held in turns with a minimal number of coaches in attendance focused on strategic and innovative ways of conducting programs through various channels including: home based interventions, setting up of toll-free numbers for pyscho-social and mental health support for program participants and other online programming for vocational training participants and placements for apprenticeship participants.
With Covid-19 having slowed down many activities across the globe, innovation is creeping in in different ways.VAP’s program interventions have taken a new dimension with the adaptation of Home-based interventions. Coaches are tasked to handle a sizeable number of participants from their respective neighborhoods while adhering and observing the guidelines of Covid-19. As a bonus to the focused program information, participants are taught about the awareness and preventive measures of Covid-19.
As one way of making sure that participants continue receiving vital information concerning health issues including: mental health support, family planning, and a full psycho social support, VAP has established Toll-Free numbers for participants to call. This will curb the rising cases of teen pregnancies and women violence as a result of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. The lines have been created due to the absence of enough spaces for conversations surrounding, reproductive health topics, contraceptives, sexual debut, etc. Part of the conversations with the participants surround covid-19 prevention information.
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.
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