On 10th December 2011, Vijana Amani Pamoja, VAP hosted the 1st Miss Mrembo, meaning (beauty) girls’ soccer tournament. An exciting day of soccer, hairdressing, awareness of gender based violence (GBV) and fashion show. The tournament was organized under the theme of “Kujiamini” a Swahili word meaning self confidence. A total of 150 girls drawn from 12 teams consisting of girls ages 10-18years from all the walks of Eastlands part of Nairobi converged at Bahati community grounds, the heart of Bahati in readiness to participate in this unique 7-a-side street football tournament whose aim was:
Explore the importance of self esteem among teenage girls
Encourage women to participate in sports.
Emphasize on good grooming among girls /girls soccer players.
Identify Miss Mrembo player of the year 2011
Enable young women to make informed choices in their lives
Create awareness on Sexual Assault among young girls
Despite soccer the tournament was made a success through the partnership of Nairobi Women’s hospital counsellors and VAP peer educators who addressed the participants on issues of GBV and Unity College of Hairdressing who groomed the girls.
Bahati is a township of an average population of 100,000 people and located in the Eastlands side of Nairobi. Majority of the dwellers are low income earners with the youth facing a myriad of social and economical challenges e.g. lack of employment, early pregnancies, rape, molestation, HIV/AIDS etc.
Coaches Across Continents coaches Christian, Seth and Kelsey were part of the Year 2 Hat-Trick Initiative partnership with VAP in 2011.