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.
Dec 15, 2014

Class of 2014 Graduates

Kitui Graduates
Kitui Graduates

It’s the end of another great year at Seed of Hope.

Over the last few weeks we have seen students graduate from the four Seed of Hope centres. As always, these have been colourful events with Fashion Design students showing off their final project work by wearing an outfit they designed and made for themselves. There were also great performances of songs, poems and dramas by both the first and second year students.

At each ceremony, one of the graduating students spoke about how their life was transformed by Seed of Hope. The Nairobi centre was celebrating its 11th graduation ceremony and Sarah told the guests:

"Before I joined Seed of Hope I didn’t know my life had a meaning because after I had finished my primary school exams I couldn’t go to high school because of lack of school fees. I was forced to stay at home to help my parents with house chores.

Through studying at Seed of Hope I have become a better person because I have learnt so many things that I couldn’t even believe I could. I have gained knowledge and skills that have made me who I am. I have learnt business skills, life skills and vocational skills. These subjects made me improve everything like self-esteem and self-confidence…

After graduating from Seed of Hope I will go for my attachment and after that I am hoping to start my own business and to further my studies.”

Former students from the Seed of Hope programme also attended the graduation ceremonies and had words of encouragement for the graduating students. At the Nairobi centre Rosebella, one of the first ever Seed of Hope graduates, also had advice to share with the parents and guardians of graduating students. She encouraged them to support their children and work with them rather than just sit back and place too much expectation on them to provide for the family. From the success stories we have heard over the last few years we know that Seed of Hope graduates have the potential to make a real difference in the lives of their families if they are given the support they require in the early days.

Our thanks go to everyone who has supported Seed of Hope through GlobalGiving. The funds we receive from this platform ensure that Seed of Hope can continue to offer training opportunities to girls who have nowhere else to turn.

With your support, we look forward to making 2015 another successful year!

In the meantime, on behalf of the staff, students and graduates of Seed of Hope we wish you all the very best this Festive Season.

Former Student Rosebella Speaks
Former Student Rosebella Speaks
Nairobi Graduates
Nairobi Graduates
Sarah Gives Her Testimony
Sarah Gives Her Testimony
Dec 10, 2014

Seasons Greetings from the St Andrews Baby Unit

Natasha
Natasha

Seasons Greetings from Vision Africa and the team at the St Andrews Baby Unit!

Following on from our last update, we are delighted to tell you that little John has now been placed with his adoptive family. It always amazes me how quickly the children from the unit have taken to their new parents in these situations. On the first day that John Bosco met his adoptive parents he refused to be fed by the housemothers and insisted that his new mother should be the one to feed him. He spent time playing and giggling with his new family, a reassuring sight for Matron Lucy and her team who have cared for him since he was very young. When I spoke to Lucy yesterday she told me “It is sad to see them go but we are so happy as it is the best for them.”

Visiting the St Andrews Baby Unit you can’t help but be happy. Last weekend I got to see three little girls practising their walking. They don’t have baby walkers but use small plastic chairs instead. They scoot around the place and it’s almost a race as they go from one end to the other! Anne, Natasha and Grace all looked very proud of their accomplishment. I’m sure it will be no time at all before they don’t need the chairs!

There is one new arrival at the unit, a little boy called Raymond whose mother is an offender. While she serves her time he has been placed at the St Andrews Baby Unit and has settled in well with the other children.

As Christmas is approaching it seems appropriate to mention our Angel and Emmanuel. Angel is the youngest infant at the unit at the moment and is sitting up on her own. Emmanuel is one of the oldest children. He will be turning four years old on Christmas Eve and has had a great year along with his friends Anne and James that he goes to nursery school with. They have really come on this year and have been teaching the younger children some of the songs they have learned in school.

It is thanks to your support through GlobalGiving that Anne, Natasha, Grace, Raymond, Angel, Emmanuel and all the other children at the St Andrews Baby Unit have a safe place to call home and a team of caring mothers to look after them.

Thank you for your support in 2014 and we wish you and your family all the very best this Festive Season.

James, Anne & Emmanuel
James, Anne & Emmanuel
Matron Lucy and Angel
Matron Lucy and Angel
Nov 25, 2014

Another Great Year

Closing Party
Closing Party

Another academic year is over in Kenya and it has been another great year for KiMMta.

Students in primary and secondary schools have now completed their national exams and they are now anxiously waiting for their results. On a recent visit to the afterschool project with Vision Africa Chairman, Bob Dowty, we heard that a large number of students have now completed their secondary education. Many of these students used KiMMta’s afterschool programme while they were in primary school and this helped improve their grades to help them secure a place at secondary school.

Last week I had the absolute honour of attending the closing ceremony for KiMMta’s students at the opposite end of the education system. Children from the ECD (Early Childhood Development centre) were in high spirits when we entered the school. They were being given a treat of energy biscuits and juice as part of their Christmas party. When we handed over balloons to one of the teachers the excitement reached another level but the teacher quickly used the balloons for a lesson in colours and had the attention of all of the students.

It has been amazing to see the transformation in these young children over the past year. They are settled in class and have made great progress academically. Their health has also improved thanks to the nutritious breakfast and lunch provided by KiMMta.

As we sat with the students we saw a few parents pass by for the closing meeting. What we didn’t realise was that the classroom upstairs was already full of parents! The attendance was overwhelming and so was the attitude of the parents who offered support for KiMMta’s committee and encouragement to each other to play their part in ensuring the success of the school.

The impact of the feeding programme was brought home to us when one mother stood up and said “When my daughter joined this school she was weak. Walking was difficult and climbing up these stairs was a problem. Now….she runs!” This improved health allows this girl and her classmates to concentrate on their studies and be more sociable as they can join in games and activities that would previously have been a great effort for them.

Several other parents mentioned that people ask them “Where does your child go to school?” because they are so impressed with the progress of the children. This is a wonderful tribute to the work that KiMMta is doing.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project throughout the last year. We look forward to bringing you the results from the primary and secondary school students in the new year.

Students Sing for Parents
Students Sing for Parents

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