Education  Kenya Project #14722

Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football

by Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football
Teaching Youths English Literacy Through Football

In 2012, at a conference in Lyon, Founder & Executive Director of  Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP), attended a session on social enterprise development.

The session was delivered by Steve of Kick4Life, a fellow Common Goal community member organisation which had developed a series of successful hospitality social enterprises in Lesotho. Kick4Life’s restaurant and hotel were providing employment for young people, as well as generating income to support the financial sustainability of their Football for Good programmes.

For Enouce it was a lightbulb moment and he saw immediately that a similar approach could work for VAP, the organisation he had founded in 2008 to fight HIV/AIDS in Majengo, a slum district of Nairobi. From their first office, pictured below, in the following four years, VAP had grown significantly, reaching thousands of youth every year with health education and testing, as well as expanding their programming to provide holistic support including employability and entrepreneurship interventions designed to help young people work towards achieving sustainable livelihoods.

Despite these successes, and in common with many other NGOs, the biggest challenge for VAP remained funding and financial sustainability, with a competitive fundraising environment and the often short term nature of grants making it difficult and draining to maintain and grow the organisation’s impact. The workshop in Lyon showed Enouce, pictured below, how social enterprise could improve the situation, providing an opportunity to diversify their funding balance and to create a new and flexible income stream which could, at the same time, fulfil VAP’s mission to help young people escape the cycle of poverty.

When he returned from France, Enouce got to work, and when it was not being used for programme delivery, VAP started to rent out its various equipment, such as outdoor furniture, sports equipment, gazebos and audio systems. By 2016 they had raised enough capital to open M Food, a small restaurant and catering service located close to their office in Buru Buru, and it was soon generating a steady stream of income for the organisation. M Food was also providing paid employment to a team of three people as well as providing training opportunities for young people with pathways to permanent positions with various local restaurants, hotels and other hospitality providers throughout Nairobi and further afield.

 

With M Food successfully underway, Enouce and his team developed a vision for a centre which would be a dedicated facility used for both charitable operations and for further social enterprise activities, and over the next six years they put aside some of the income from M Food as well as fundraising towards making it a reality. By 2022 they had saved enough to buy some land on the outskirts of Nairobi and to begin the first phase of development of the ‘Youth Empowerment Centre’, which will include the following:

 

  • Programme facilities including classrooms, a football pitch and a basketball court– safe spaces for health education and life-skills sessions and thematic sports tournaments.
  • A health clinic providing youth-friendly services including voluntary counselling & testing for HIV, cervical cancer screening and referrals.
  • A gender-based violence recovery centre – a safe haven for vulnerable young women including those at risk of gender-based violence, with access to vocational training courses for employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • A library and study space – offering a dedicated learning environment for young people to pursue their personal educational studies, with support and careers advice from trained tutors.
  • Volunteer accommodation, providing a comfortable environment for short and long-term volunteers from around the world to visit Kenya and contribute to the work of VAP whilst being immersed in local culture.
  • A vocational training centre, helping young people acquire technical skills and offering entrepreneurship training and support.
  • Psycho Social Support Unit-A place to provide psycho social sypport services and mental health information to the youth and the community.
  • M Food – the restaurant and catering service will also relocate to the centre.

 

Enouce says: “As well as providing an inspirational environment for delivering our work to young people, the centre will help us to operate more efficiently and will provide multiple opportunities for social enterprise. We can rent out the various spaces and sports facilities, run corporate retreats and expand M Food.”

Construction of the first phase of Youth Empowerment Centre is well underway, pictured below, with the team at VAP working hard to raise the remaining funds to complete the development.

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Introduction of Double Club in Mathare school at the beginning of third term was a real boost to the participants given the fact that they are located in slum areas and they’re both informal schools.Additionally,the schools lack enough qualified teachers due to financial constraints that would allow them to pay teachers good salaries.

Teachings from Double Club booklets provided them with additional lessons of learning english literacy as well as football skills.The Double Club teachers/coaches play a double role of being english teachers and football coaches which is an added advantage to these schools.”We are so excited of the Double Club program because it suppliments English lessons and football coaching.For our school to have these services,we would be required to hire people and pay them alot of money,so having Double Club program is a great gift.”Said Mr. Zungu headteacher of Mathare school.

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Library Construction
Library Construction

Construction of VAP’s new Youth Empowerment Centre under the ‘Empower The

Future’ drive got underway in the month of march witnessed by community members,

program participants and a few invited guests including partners, parents, well-wishers

and like-minded organizations. The center which is a place of pride and a hub for the

youth and the community to gather, meet and grow together will consist of: vocational

training Centre, Health clinic, gender based recovery block, library, research and

development unit, common space, volunteer accommodation, football pitch and a

basketball court. The facility will create a safe space and a youth friendly environment

for participants to: play. Learn and grow as they aspire to achieve their life dreams

both socially and economically. Participants will have a safe space to play football and be involved in football based lifeskills sessions and have a serene environment for tutorial educational support at the facility[s coming soon Library.The library will create a safe space for many youth and children from under priviledged8 communities to excel in their respective educational subjects as they also have fun and mould their football talents."We are very greatful for the support towards VAP's programs and the construction of the centre that will create sustainability and supplement VAP's ongoing programs"Said VAP's program officer,Charles.

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VAP's Soccer Academy
VAP's Soccer Academy

Riding on the back of VAP’s new ‘Youth Empowerment Centre’ that’s currently underway, the month of February witnessed the launching of VAP’s soccer academy at VAP’s new facility which brought together 40 children both boys and girls from different neighboring schools and community centres that participated in the first training sessions conducted by VAP’s football coaches. The academy will serve as a safe space for the youth to: play, learn and grow as they acquire other side benefits that attached to life skills. The launch was boosted by football kits which included: balls, bibs, goal nets, whistles, first aid kits and football cones donated by uefa foundation. Football sessions and life skills will be conducted on weekends including school holidays as other health service providing tents will be pitched alongside to provide health services including: hiv voluntary counselling and testing and referrals to the general community.

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Staff Favorite Badge
Staff Favorite Badge

The year 2021 was a great memorable year despite the challenges of Covid-19,its lockdowns and recrtictions.There’s no way we could usher into the new year,2022 without expressing our utmost THANK YOU note to all the:supporters,volunteers,staff,coaches,program participants,partners and the entire community members that we serve.Truely,all of you have made it HAPPEN.It is because of your continuous support and  that Vijana Amani Pamoja was awarded with recognition badges from GlobalGiving foundation:Staff Favorite organization 2022,Site Visit Verified organization 2022,and Staff Vetted organization 2022. 

3 VAP Girls to joing Yale Young African Scholars

Three girls from VAP ages 15-17 will be joining an onlline program provided by Yale University dubbed 'Yale Young African Scholaers' (YYAS).YYAS program which is scheduled to start in July this year is a cost-free academic enrichment and leadership program designed for African secondary school students who plan to pursue tertiary education and wish to make a meaningful impact as young leaders.

The three chosen girls have been consistent in community programs that are using football for education and lifeskills and this opportunity will horn their skills both on and off the field.Majority of the participants have been doing excellent work in their academic work in their respective schools and this kind of an opportunity is a great path towards achieving their dreams.

“Am looking forward to joining other young people like me from Africa and all over the world to learn and exchange knowledge.”Said 16 years old Fanice.

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Site Visit Verified 2022
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Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Enouce Ndeche
Executive Director
Nairobi, Kenya
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