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.
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
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.

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Discussing Designs
Discussing Designs

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