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 3, 2014

Catching Up With Alice

Alice at Work
Alice at Work

I recently had the absolute pleasure of catching up with a graduate of Seed of Hope. Alice completed her two year course in 2012 and was always quite a quiet girl.

During her time at Seed of Hope she met an American intern, Allison, who paid a return visit to Kenya in June. Allison had asked to follow up on some of the students that she met so we headed out with Gitau, the Nairobi centre's Business and Enterprise teacher. 

We discovered that Alice lived quite a distance from the centre where she trained and Gitau explained that her uncle had worked hard to ensure that she could afford the fares for transport while she was a student. When we reached Alice's shop she was busy working hard and had a few customer orders waiting to be worked on. Some were small repairs and others were new clothes to be made. In the thirty minutes that we were there two or three customers passed by the shop either checking up on work or dropping off something to be done.

Alice shared with confidence how she had built up her business and is now proud to say that she can provide for herself and not have to rely on other people.

Allison and her sister were impressed with the range of fabrics on display and even placed orders of their own while Gitau asked to look over Alice's business records to see if she was putting in to practice what he had taught her.

We all left Alice's shop feeling inspired at how her two years at Seed of Hope have changed her life and given her independence.

Thank you to each and every one of you who has supported Seed of Hope through Global Giving and changed not only Alice's life but the lives of many girls who now have a brighter future.

July 16th is the next GlobalGiving Bonus Day when your donations can be matched with up to 50%.

Discussing Designs
Discussing Designs

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May 9, 2014

Mother of the Year

Lucy with Baby Grace
Lucy with Baby Grace

With Mother's Day coming up this Sunday, 11th May, we thought we would share some wonderful news!

Yesterday, Matron Lucy from the St Andrews Baby Unit in Kandara travelled to Nairobi to collect an award. Local company Bidco Oil Refineries ran a competition on Facebook to find Kenya's "Mother of the Year". Lucy was nominated and received lots of votes from people in Kenya as well as people in the UK and the USA who have seen Lucy in action when they have visited the St Andrews Baby Unit. There were some lovely comments posted on her nomination including one from a member of the local community in Kandara who described Lucy as “the tireless, ever-loving mum”.

Lucy is a mother of 8 children of her own but that wasn't enough of a challenge for her. In November 2007 she took on the role of matron at the unit and since then she and her team have cared for over thirty infants. The unit is currently at full capacity with 15 children receiving total care from Lucy and her team.

When we went to collect Lucy's award, the representative from Bidco explained that they had chosen seven of the nominees to be rewarded. Three of these were based on the number of likes their nomination received on Facebook and four were chosen in recognition of their amazing work in the role of a mother. Lucy fell into the second category and couldn't quite believe that she had been chosen as a winner. She was absolutely delighted and received a certificate and hamper of Bidco products. Lucy was nominated to represent all of the mothers at the St Andrews Baby Unit so we hope you'll join us in congratulating them on their achievement for the wonderful work they do.

Without your support through GlobalGiving the St Andrews Baby Unit wouldn't be able to provide the services it offers orphaned, abandoned and neglected infants. Thank you for making this possible and for giving Lucy and her team the opportunity to make a difference.

As a Mother's Day gift to Lucy and her little ones, please tell your friends about this project and ask them to consider supporting the St Andrews Baby Unit.

Lucy at the Awards Presentation
Lucy at the Awards Presentation
Lucy Receiving a Hamper
Lucy Receiving a Hamper
May 7, 2014

Great Start to the New Term

Happy to be back at school
Happy to be back at school

After four weeks of holidays, KiMMta's nursery school re-opened this week and it was clear that the students were happy to be back. The project's chairman, Vincent, was delighted that on the first day of term over 70% of students reported back to class with more expected in the course of the week. This is a high percentage as it usually takes a week or so for parents to bring their children back to school in their community.

Vincent also shared the story of one little boy whose mother had transferred him to another school....unsuccessfully. The young boy apparently cried and refused to go to his new school claiming that he had to go back to KiMMta where his friends were and where they received good food and a cup of porridge. Vincent explained that this demonstrates the importance that children place on the project and on the need for the feeding programme. Another boy had been suffering from malnutrition before attending KiMMta's nursery school. He now receives two healthy meals a day and this has made a tremendous difference to his health and development.

Kate, who runs the Girls Empowerment Desk at the KiMMta, told us that many of the children she interacts with only have one meal a day and that is the lunch they are given at school. Without these feeding programmes students' academic performance suffers as they are unable to concentrate in class.

KiMMta's after-school programme of tuition will resume next week as they allow students one week to settle back in at school before they resume their additional studies. 

Thank you to those who have supported KiMMta's education programme to give brighter futures to children in Kibera. 

Porridge ready for serving
Porridge ready for serving
Feeding programmes help education
Feeding programmes help education
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