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.
Jul 20, 2015

Giving Hope to Derrick and Fidelis

Derrick and Fidelis
Derrick and Fidelis

St Andrews Baby Unit has remained to be a safe haven for babies and toddlers from newborn to 3 years. It has continued to protect, love and provide shelter and care for babies who have been orphaned, abandoned or neglected. From our last update, we informed you about the admission of four children who were brought in as they were either abandoned or neglected as in the case of Fidelis and Lewis together with their older siblings who were taken into the main Children's home. The health of the four children has greatly improved and they have adapted to their new surrounding although the mothers at the Baby Unit had a difficult time to calm and comfort them for the first few weeks especially the two siblings who had been living with their father who was drunk, violent and irresponsible. We continue to appreciate the good work carried out by the dedicated team of house mothers led by matron Lucy. They have committed to provide the best care of all the children placed at the Baby Unit as they have the understanding of the circumstances under which these children are coming from and are aware that nothing is as important in life as the mother's love and care. Their aim is to ensure that the babies are comfortable and healthy so as to progress well in their development stages. In most cases the newly admitted babies when brought in are suffering from malnutrition and other undetected diseases due to neglect and matron Lucy has taken it upon herself to pay close attention regarding the health of these babies so that they grow and develop well like the rest of the children placed under her care.

All the children are making significant progress including the youngest baby Baraka who started immunization since he was brought at the Baby Unit when he was just two weeks old. Baby John is crawling and able to stand with the support of plastic chairs while Angel has finally walked on her own though she did not have the confidence of Natasha who was so eager to walk and talk all over the house.

The number of babies at the Baby Unit has increased from 15 to 17 after new admission of two siblings by the names Derrick and Fidelis. The two children are three and one year respectively and were brought in to the Baby unit by the local authorities when the neighbours could not continue looking after them after being abandoned in the house by their mother. Their mother is single, alcoholic and without stable income to provide basic needs for the children hence she had the habit of leaving them on their own and the neigbours would take them in, feed and care for them until she returns. She did that on several occasions giving excuses of going to look for employment but her habit angered the neighbours who decided to report her to the authorities. When she came back after dissapearing for a few days,she was apprehended and charged for abandoning her children but she pleaded with the authorities and was released so that she could find means of taking care of them but she did not live to her promise but left them again this time for good. According to the neighbours, they heard children crying and calling their mom one morning and that's when they realized the house was locked from the outside. One of the neighbours took the children in her house and after a week had gone by, she got concerned as there was no sign of the mother coming back hence reported to the authorities. The effort to trace the mother and close relatives has been without success and so the children were brought in to the Baby Unit.

We would like to thank you for supporting all the children under the care of St Andrews Baby Unit. We acknowledge that your contribution towards the Baby Unit has brought hope and assurance to these innocent little ones and the smiles on their faces is clear indication they have hope for brighter future.

Please consider informing your family, circle of friends and business associates to be part of this noble cause and give the chidren at the Baby Unit a reason to live their lives to the fullest.

Your giving really does go a long way!

 

Lewis Bright Smile
Lewis Bright Smile
Beautiful Angel
Beautiful Angel
Jun 11, 2015

Three Girls With Hope for Brighter Future

Pretty Elizabeth
Pretty Elizabeth

 

Seed of hope has continued to train and equip disadvantaged girls with skills in various vocational courses, mentorship and counselling program that has transformed the lives of many young women who had lost hope in life and became vulnerable to exploitation. Each term after three months of training, mentoring and other activities, Seed of Hope centres allow their girls to take a break from learning so that they can relax and spent time with their family members. From our last update, there are many positive changes that have occurred in the lives of the girls thus when the holiday break was over, all the girls came back to continue with the learning in the second term. The girls have high expectations with regards to courses of their choice since those in second year are preparing to sit for an external grade 2 test in August while the first years are registering for their grade 3 test that they will sit in November. The external exams are set by the examination body called National Industrial Technical Authority (NITA) for vocational and technical institutions, therefore give the Seed of Hope girls a better chance to secure employment in the textile industries in Kenya as well as fashion and design companies. I had the previlege to speak to two girls who are currently in the program and also a former graduate who has come back for advance lessons in our Dhamira incubation hub and this is what they shared:

Elizabeth enrolled at Seed of Hope in January 2015. She is among the young mothers who pleaded with the management for a chance to join the institution and be trained so that she can be able to support her young family. She did not get the chance to join secondary school like her friends due to lack of fees since her mother is the sole breadwinner and depends on farming to raise the family. Elizabeth became desperate as the situation at home was difficult thus she left her rural home to find employment in the city. It is at the age of sixteen that she met a man while working in a hotel and she fell pregnant. She had no choice but get married at that tender age since she was ashamed of going back home as her family was struggling to make ends meet. She also resigned from her place of work and became a stay at home mum raising two children while depending entirely on her husband to cater for family needs. She came to learn about Seed of Hope during one of the community outreach programs conducted by Seed of Hope staff and decided to enrol for the fashion and fabric design course. There are many young mothers like Elizabeth who are facing difficult circumstances and have lost hope in life. They are living in abject poverty as they are unable to cater for their basic needs due to lack of skills that would enable them to secure employment. Elizabeth is grateful for the opportunity she got from Seed of Hope and this is what she had to say “ I joined Seed of Hope because I have been idle for a long time and I wanted to change my life and become self- independent. I believe that through the skills in the course am taking, I will be able to start my own business, move in to a better home, give my children a good life and go back to school to further my education. I have regained my self-esteem, confidence and hope for a brighter future “
Elizabeth is not alone in this journey to a brighter future. Meet Lilian a second year student at Seed of Hope also training in fashion and fabric design. She was raised by her grandparents in the rural area after her mother remarried. She was able to go to high school but dropped out due to lack of fees. She thought her life had come to an end since in her village most of her agemates who had dropped out of school were married with kids and she was afraid that she will follow the same path. Her breakthrough came when one of her aunties paid them a visit and she brought her in Nairobi with a promise to find a casual employment for her. It is at this period that her auntie heard about Seed of Hope and she got an opportunity to enrol. Lilian is now preparing to sit for her grade 2 test before completing her two years of training at Seed of Hope. She says that since she joined Seed of Hope, she has gained knowledge and skills in her course of study as well as other skills, like business development, life skills, and craft work. When asked about her future plans she says that she is looking forward to graduate then advance her fashion and fabric design course so that she can be a tutor. She also have plans to start her own business so that she can support her grandparents and younger siblings.

Grace is a former student of Seed of Hope. She graduated in 2014 after completing her training in dressmaking, fashion and fabric designs. In the two years she was at Seed of Hope, Grace says that she has gained the knowledge and skill in her course of study, she is more confident, social and courageous to face any challenge that comes her way. After graduation, she went for a three month attachment to get first-hand experience in a well-established business. She was very lucky to get the attachment placement working under the supervision of one of the Seed of Hope pioneers in her dressmaking business. It is encouraging to note that most of the girls who went through Seed of Hope program are now taking in the girls who recently graduate for attachment since they have establish their business and are earning good income through the training they got from Seed of Hope. Grace completed her attachment and she was selected among other girls to join the Seed of Hope Dhamira hub as a resident whereby she continues to learn new and complex designs, being creative while making different items using fabrics and also how to operate an industrial machines. Grace and other girls in the hub are also mentored to be confident, ambitious and patient as they prepare to go out and start their business. She is confident that once she get the support from Seed of Hope to establish her business, she will ensure that her business prospers so that she can be independent, support her family, go back to school so that she can advance her career and mentor other girls who had lost hope in life. As we wind up this is what she had to say, “Seed of Hope has given me a reason to live for a future I had no idea it existed. I had lost hope in life since there was nobody who could understand the challenges I was facing. Thanks to Seed of Hope for this golden opportunity as now I can stand tall because I have hope and a bright future ahead”

The girls are confident on their journey towards success and we recognize that all this would not have happened if it was not for the support you have given us to make their dreams come to reality.
Thank you for your ongoing support towards our work!

Lilian
Lilian
Grace using industrial machine
Grace using industrial machine
May 12, 2015

Thank You For Your Support

Education in Kibera
Education in Kibera

We would like to thank everyone who has supported this project over the last few years. We're sure you'll agree that Kibera Mpira Mtaani have been doing some fantastic work in the field of education to transform their community.

They have been so impressed by the support we have received on GlobalGiving, they have been inspired to start their own project on this platform therefore we are deactiving this project.

Our work continues and we have set up a new project which supports complementary education for students in Kenya. This will help us provide feeding programmes, teaching resources, teaching assistants and other essential items which will give children the opportunity to complete their formal education and reach their potential.

This project is now live and will be participating in the GlobalGiving Bonus Day on the 13th May.

Please check it out at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-900-kenyan-children/ and consider making a donation.

Thanks once again for all your support!

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