... that's what the abbreviation "VAP" stands for. It's the name of a football club in Kiambiu, a slum in eastern Nairobi. 22-year-old Kenneth Otieno, captain of a football team, coaches young football players here – young people whose opportunities and choices are otherwise nil –, helping them to get a new perspective on life.
At VAP, they have the chance to interact and socialise with one another, and they learn about non-violent conflict resolution – the same as Kenneth Otieno did.
Since it was founded in 2002, VAP has become a successful club with numerous activities going far beyond the football pitch. The BMZ is supporting VAP through its Youth Development through Football programme. VAP's work covers a vast range of issues, from HIV prevention and efforts against crime and corruption all the way to helping its members go to school and get some vocational training.
Kenneth Otieno hopes that sport will help the youngsters who he works with to find out what they want to do with their lives, and to start believing in themselves. Some of his good friends turned to crime – and they paid for it with their lives. For Kenneth, their memory is an incentive to continue his work.
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