Teachers and parents affiliated with VAP programs from all the corners of Nairobi were invited by VAP coaches, peer educators and volunteers to come and share their views on VAP programs. Led by the able leadership of the charismatic, senior and master coach Everlyne who possess a community role model status,the parents and teachers were taken through all VAP programs including the economic empowerment facets within VAP.Each and every head of VAP department had time to narrate the way they do their programs and the support that they would expect from teachers and parents. The parents too had an opportunity to ask questions and add input towards strengthening the programs. “My 14 year old daughter can make her own informed decision with less of my commands, thanks to VAP coaches.” Said Mariam.The teachers and parents agreed to work and support the work that's is deliverred by VAP coaches towards enhancing the lives of children in the communities.
By attaining Global Giving partner reward status of ‘Leader’, VAP has been endorsed to participate in the HP community advising which is a living progress initiative aimed at creating better future for everyone through actions and innovations.HP community advising has teamed up with Global Giving to offer nonprofits professional expertise and advice from HP employees at no cost. Through HP Advising, VAP has matched with HP employee volunteers who are advising in particular areas based on their expertise including: fundraising, branding, marketing, IT, business planning, managing staff, recruiting volunteers and other key business areas. Nonprofits connect with HP Advisors by joining the HP group on Micro Mentor, an online community which matches entrepreneurs and mentors. By signing up and creating advising request with the needs, organizations can choose an HP advisor to work with and the process of matching works both ways. Based on their areas of expertise, HP Advisors who read organizations request can offer to work with the organizations or organizations can request to work with them. After the match, organization can work with the mentor to determine how often to check in and through what medium (phone, videoconference, etc.).Other benefits include participating in micro-mentor live training sessions through webinars.VAP looks forward to leverage on this opportunity to strengthen and build up its capacity.
Marking World Peace Day
As the world was marking peace day on 21st September, VAP joined the wave together with other like-minded organizations under the auspices of Kenya Sports Development Program (KSDP).Over 10 organizations from all the walks of Kenya who are affiliated to KSDP were represented by young coaches both female and male who converged at Soweto grounds with their best sports based skills and knowledge for social impact ready to learn, explore, exchange and network with their counter parts from different organizations. With the topic being ‘peace day’ organizations working in the areas of peace had an opportunity to showcase their expertise and activities related to sports and peace development. During this event that took place in Nairobi, VAP was represented by a team of 20 young lads who also participated in the football 3 methodology, a system designed to foster dialogue and bring about peace by engaging young people at risk of violence, a system that VAP has had experience in due to the participation of streetfootballworld East Africa activities.
The word anthem is quite familiar to everyone as it relates to a solemn patriotic song officially adopted by a country as an expression of national identity or loyalty. With football or soccer being the song and the core language that VAP uses to advocate for social change, the mission statement (in red) and the vision (in black) has become its anthem which every VAP coach and volunteer has pledged allegiance to as they serve the community, and with a symbol of a football pitch being used as its flag.
VAP Speaks At Yetu Initiative
As one of Global Giving user and long-time partner, VAP was invited by Global Giving foundation to speak about its online fundraising experience on what works, what could be better and how the usage of technology could further and add value to community programs. The Yetu initiative workshop managed by Aga Khan foundation and funded by USAID invited Global Giving foundation to share their expertise on online fundraising. Yetu Initiative is a four year activity aimed at sparking more online philanthropy in East Africa as well as empowering Kenyan civil society organizations to jointly tackle the country’s most pressing challenges. ’Yetu’ which means ‘ours’ in Kiswahili, will build local ownership and support for civil society and non-governmental organizations their advocacy for the Kenyan people over a long run. Yetu will also engage communities in fundraising or awareness-raising campaigns, connect NGOs, capacity building platform and mentoring opportunities, and develop online and mobile philanthropy platforms for Kenyans to donate money, time, and skills to support Kenyan NGOs and civil society organizations
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