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.
Feb 27, 2015

Enrolment Success

New Students
New Students

Each new year at Seed of Hope begins with a flurry of activity as our teaching team work hard to enrol new students.  Since January we have enrolled 191 girls who have joined our vocational training to acquire knowledge and skills in different courses of their choice. There are several new courses that were introduced so that we could attract many young girls to join Seed of Hope – such as Business Administration, Basic Computing, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Agribusiness and metal work.

The enrolment process is facilitated by our work in the community through our outreach ‘Empowerment Clubs’.  These clubs are run by Seed of Hope staff in the communities surrounding our centres.  They help us to identify and build relationships with disadvantaged girls in the community in order to prepare them for enrolment at Seed of Hope. 

Some of these Empowerment Clubs target young mothers who have been forced to drop out of education because of their pregnancies.  These young mothers have pleaded with the management of Seed of Hope that they might be given a chance to make something out of their difficult situation. Many of the young mothers are forced into early marriages according to traditional beliefs while others were rejected and sent away by their families.

In addition to new courses at Seed of Hope Centres, a pilot program that goes by the name Amuka was introduced at our Nairobi centre. Amuka means ‘Wake Up’ or ‘Rise Up’ in Swahili. This is a two week program designed to help the students develop self-awareness, build their self-confidence and helps them to explore their purpose whilst developing core values.  This was extremely successful and, as a result, will be rolled out to all the centres in the coming year. 

  • 79% of students say that the training opportunities currently offered by Seed of Hope are exactly what they need
  • 66% say they feel empowered by the opportunities granted at Seed of Hope
  • 90% say they feel ready to reach for their goals

The students have already taken on leadership roles within Seed of Hope as a result.  Hearing from previous graduates had a significant impact as it has helped them to see the possibilities and increased their confidence in themselves and the opportunities ahead of them.

There’s so much happening at Seed of Hope!  It’s an exciting place to be!  There’s not much space to mention them here but a couple of other highlights have been:

  • Enrolment of the first girls in our Motor Vehicle Mechanic Vocational Training program
  • Visiting Catering lecture Lynette Mair who did a series of practical workshops with our Homecare students
  • Welcoming new teachers to the team to help teach the new courses.

 The work of Seed of Hope exists because We Believe in Girls!  We believe in their potential to change the world, their potential to shape brighter futures for themselves and their potential to create positive impact wherever they go!  If you believe in these young girls, we’d love for you to get involved in the work of Seed of Hope!  Global Giving have two special bonus days coming up.  The first is for our friends and partners in the UK – it launches on Monday 2nd March at 2pm GMT and you have the chance to have your donations matched with an extra 50%.  Global Giving will add 50% to all donations up to £500!  This campaign will run for one week but get in early before matching funds run out.  Donations must be made through Global Giving UK, not the US site! 

But don’t worry – if you’re in the US, you’ll have your chance!  The bonus day for our friends and partners in the US is March 18th!  We’ll send you more details nearer the time.

Please consider making a donation as part of these bonus days!  Your giving really does go a long way.  Every little helps!

Thank you all for your ongoing support of our work!

Empowerment Club
Empowerment Club
Feb 25, 2015

Great Success at KiMMta

KiMMta ECD Children enjoyinh their lunch
KiMMta ECD Children enjoyinh their lunch

Another academic year has begun here in Kenya. Despite the delays of school opening for public primary and secondary schools, KiMMta team and their education programmes had a successful start.
10 students from the Early Childhood Development programme have reached a level where they have now been able to graduate and join primary school.
13 little children were admitted to Early Childhood Development programme to join baby class as they are now of age to start pre-school.
50 students who had completed their primary education received results for their KCPE( Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) exams. It was a day of celebration at KiMMta when news came in that one of their students has been ranked among the best top 10 student countrywide. Emmanuel managed to score an amazing 426 out of 500 marks. Another 38 students scored above the pass mark of 250 marks. This great achievement has led to many parents in Kibera sending their children to KiMMta afterschool tuition. The number of attendees has gone up from 300 to 450 children daily. This is a clear indication that KiMMta afterschool programme is making a difference

Vallery who was among the candidates managed to score 350 marks and was ranked at the top as the best girl at KiMMta afterschool.She attributes her good grades to hardwork and the support she received from her teachers when she joined the after school tuition. This is what she had to say:

“I am so happy for this achievement thanks to my teachers and friends who supported me at KiMMta afterschool. I joined the afterschool program in 2010 after seeing other children going for tuition in the evening. I was then in class four and my school grades were below average. My parents were concerned due to my poor performance but they could not afford to pay for remedial classes in our school. One day I decided to follow other children to KiMMta afterschool tuition, I was not sure the teachers will accept me as I din't have money to pay. To my surprise, I was welcomed by the teacher in my class and he encouraged me to continue attending to improve my performance. From then onwards I never missed the afterschool tuition because the teachers are friendly to us, they assist each one of us in our weak subjects and allow us to ask questions freely. Am hopeful that I will join secondary school so that I can continue to attend the afterschool tuition when schools break for holidays.”

This is just but one testimony from a student who completed primary education and performed well. The numbers are great but to show the impact of KiMMta’s work from the students’ perspective we carried out a survey among a small group of the children and youths who use the resource centre for after-school tuition.
This is a sample of their comments:
“Our class (at school) has a huge population with only one teacher and many children are indiscipline. When I joined afterschool tuition, I have learnt to be more discipline than I used to be and also I get enough time to study” Duncan Aged 8

“In after school you can come with any disturbing question if you haven't understand any subject taught in school and the teachers will explain and help you” Grace 11

“I have improved my grades and become open minded in terms of interacting with other students for educational purposes since I joined after-school programme. I would urge you to continue with the good work you are doing since through this programme many students like me benefit greatly” Dennis 15

“In school sometimes we are given too much home work that am not able to complete at home. Since I joined the afterschool tuition, I find time to finish homework, the teachers help us to understand difficult subjects like mathematics which was so difficult for me but now I find it easy. After-school programme is good because it encourages us to be serious with books and to avoid bad company” Sarah 13


We would like to thank everyone who has helped Vallery, Duncan, Grace, Sarah and hundreds of other students by supporting KiMMta through GlobalGiving.

Vallery the top girl student at KiMMta Afterschool
Vallery the top girl student at KiMMta Afterschool
Afterschool students during one of the sessions
Afterschool students during one of the sessions
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

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