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.Mwenda the head teacher from Greensville primary school who was visiting Mweli primary school when the program was on going, happened to get a first hand opportunity to witness kick-out corruption program at Greensville 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 Mweli school, focus shifted to his school at Greensville where a total of 200 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. Mwennda 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 Ben ,a 13 years old program participant from Mweli school.
Monica is a class 6 student at Undugu primary school whom despite not being an active and a good footballer in her school, has managed to capitalize and utilize the power of football to learn various life skills through participating in football based activities coiled with anti-corruption prevention messages. “I had no idea of playing football, neither did I have information about corruption but through the project and its simple football based activities, I have gained confidence and started to play football and learnt more on how to become a great leader with great skills and integrity. “Said Monica.
Over 200 students both boys and girls from Mathare slums were enrolled to the show corruption ‘Red card’ program. The program that commenced in the month March 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 15 year old Vincent.
No sooner had the year started than VAP staff including master coaches and heads of different departments had a 3 days workshop plan for 2019.The meeting provided an opportunity to look at the mirror and reflect on the past programs, successes and the challenges accompanied with some S.W.O.T analysis that had to cut across every section of the programs and the organization. With 2019 programs on VAP’s face, the team had to strategize, including making some adjustments and realignments in readiness for the effective deliverance of programs and what is expected out of them by the communities that they serve.
GlobalGiving Honors VAP
Stepping into the doorsteps of the New Year and bumping into some honors is what VAP found itself into. In celebration of VAP’s 2018 commitment of reaching and working with young people through innovative football based programs, GlobalGiving honored VAP with several badges including: Top Ranked Organization 2019 and Effective organization 2019.The ‘Effective’ badge has been as a result of the programs evolvement and innovativeness through globalgiving’s ‘Listen, Act, and ‘Learn’ platform. Both globalgiving and Mchanga are some of the online fundraising platforms that VAP has been utilizing to support and sustain its existing projects.
Back To Back Time
After a long spell of holiday season, it was all back to the programs calendar as VAP coaches armed with their program tools invaded various schools across Nairobi. A total of thirty five coaches and volunteers are all out in different schools, both high schools and primary schools implementing different programs across Nairobi. With other upcoming projects, VAP is aligning itself in establishing and strengthening various chapters across the region.
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