Vision Africa

Vision Africa equips and empowers children and youths for a brighter future, ensuring that they have the opportunity to fulfill their potential and make a difference in their families and communities. The following principles guide our project partnerships and work. The emphasis will vary depending on the nature of the project. Provision - We contribute towards meeting the children's material and emotional needs. Protection - We protect the rights of children to have a happy childhood free from neglect, cruelty and exploitation. Preparation - We support projects that enhance educational opportunities and prepare children to fulfil their potential.
Sep 9, 2014

Back to School

Happy Students
Happy Students

The August holidays are over and Term 3 is now underway in Kenyan schools.

For students in their final year of primary or secondary school, this is the most important term of the academic year as they are now preparing for their national exams. Unlike the majority of schools, KiMMta's after-school programme didn't take a four week break. The time off from school meant extra study time for the "candidates" who take their exams very seriously and are willing to put in the extra hours to help improve their grades.

Help was on hand for the students thanks to a former beneficiary of KiMMta's after-school project. Stephen is now enrolled at university having achieved high grades thanks to support from KiMMta. As his way of giving back to the project, Stephen and some of his fellow university students volunteered to hold academic clinics helping the next generation of KiMMta students to follow in his footsteps.

After two weeks of classes the formal programme of study concluded although the resource centre was still accessible to any students who wanted to use it to study or access text books. KiMMta chairman, Vincent, explained why it is important not to fill up the whole holiday with studies. He says that KiMMta recognises the effort that parents put in to provide for their children throughout the year and so the older students should be in a position to help their parents with some chores during the holiday period. 

At the other end of the scale, KiMMta's youngest beneficiaries are the students in the Early Childhood Development centre (ECD). The ECD closed for a full month to give the children a break and time to play, when we visited last week wth our Patron it was the first day back at school. We passed by KiMMta's head office first where Vincent told us that the children were very happy to have their red uniforms back on and be back at school. When we arrived at the ECD centre we realised that he was absolutely right! The young children were in high spirits and genuinely looked happy to be there. 

We added to the excitement by passing on a donation of footballs from local organisation Alive and Kicking. KiMMta received 30 balls of various sizes to be used across all their programmes, The ECD students were keen to start practising and are hoping to find a tournament to compete in soon!

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project through GlobalGiving. Children of all ages are benefiting from your generosity and are able to work to reach their full potential through KiMMta's education programmes,

Football Practice
Football Practice
Aug 14, 2014

Throw Back Thursday

Ann
Ann

Thursdays have become famous for the #TBT hashtag - Throw Back Thursday so we thought we'd look through our old photos and provide updates on a couple of little ones.

First up is Ann. Ann was 4 months old and just 3.5kgs when she was brought in to the St Andrews Baby Unit. Her mother passed away from a heart defect shortly after Ann was born and her grandparents were elderly and unable to care for her. They had no source of income to buy formula, resulting in Ann being malnourished. As you will see from her transformation picture, Ann is definitely not malnourished these days! In fact she's a healthy, happy little girl who now attends nursery school and is doing well.

Our other update is from Emmanuel. Born on Christmas Eve, Emmanuel was brought to the unit at just two weeks old. His mother was a school girl and an orphan whose grandmother wanted her to complete her secondary education. Emmanuel had problems with reflux and began losing weight instead of gaining it. Thanks to one of our supporters, the unit was able to buy extra formula and double Emmanuel's intake so that he received some nutrition. As soon as he started being weaned on to foods his health problems disappeared completely. Emmanuel has been in nursery school for one term now and has impressed the teachers with his work.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Ann, Emmanuel and many others during their time at the St Andrews Baby Unit. Without your support, none of this would be possible.

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
Aug 6, 2014

Progress and Preparing for the Next Steps

Youngest Baby
Youngest Baby

The baby unit is currently at capacity with fifteen children under its care. There haven’t been any new arrivals since our last update but progress has definitely been made.

Little ones Grace and Ann are now crawling and Natasha whose smiling face appeared in the last update is now sitting up and trying to crawl. Natasha also enjoys visits and cuddles from her older sister who grew up in the baby unit and is now living in Kandara Children’s Home main home.

Anne and James are two of the oldest children and have been attending the nursery school that was started by Vision Africa in the grounds of the children’s home. They have now been joined by Emmanuel who started school this term. One of the lovely things about the partnership between the baby unit and the nursery school is watching the children from the baby unit going back after school and teaching the younger children the songs that they have learned.

Another great piece of news is that three little boys are in the process of having their adoptions finalised. While they have received wonderful care at the St Andrews Baby Unit, they will all benefit from being placed with loving families of their own. The hope is that Grace will soon follow them. Grace was abandoned and handed in to a pastor’s wife who took her to the authorities and she was placed at the baby unit. The pastor and his wife have now started to go through the relevant process to foster Grace and we hope this will be successful.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Our village is international and involves many people with big hearts. We would like to thank you for being part of this and supporting all the children under the care of the St Andrews Baby Unit.

Ready for Nursery School
Ready for Nursery School
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