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.
Sep 23, 2014

Happy Endings

Peter
Peter

It's always good to share good news so we thought we would share this with you!!

Over the past few weeks, two little boys from the St Andrews Baby Unit have been placed with local adoptive families.

Peter is almost three years old and was found abandoned in a rented room when he was five months. His family was never traced. Moses was abandoned when he was just one day old and was brought to the St Andrews Baby Unit two days later. He is about to turn two in the next few weeks.

Both boys have benefited from the shelter of the unit and the care of Matron Lucy and her dedicated team. As happy as they have been during their time at the unit, ultimately a family setting is the best outcome that we could hope for and we wish them many years of happiness with their new parents.

Our thanks to everyone who has supported Peter, Moses and all of the other children by contributing through GlobalGiving. Your generosity has a real impact on young children and babies in Kenya which is why we wanted to share this story of happy endings with you.

Thank you!

Moses
Moses
Sep 9, 2014

Back to School

Happy Students
Happy Students

The August holidays are over and Term 3 is now underway in Kenyan schools.

For students in their final year of primary or secondary school, this is the most important term of the academic year as they are now preparing for their national exams. Unlike the majority of schools, KiMMta's after-school programme didn't take a four week break. The time off from school meant extra study time for the "candidates" who take their exams very seriously and are willing to put in the extra hours to help improve their grades.

Help was on hand for the students thanks to a former beneficiary of KiMMta's after-school project. Stephen is now enrolled at university having achieved high grades thanks to support from KiMMta. As his way of giving back to the project, Stephen and some of his fellow university students volunteered to hold academic clinics helping the next generation of KiMMta students to follow in his footsteps.

After two weeks of classes the formal programme of study concluded although the resource centre was still accessible to any students who wanted to use it to study or access text books. KiMMta chairman, Vincent, explained why it is important not to fill up the whole holiday with studies. He says that KiMMta recognises the effort that parents put in to provide for their children throughout the year and so the older students should be in a position to help their parents with some chores during the holiday period. 

At the other end of the scale, KiMMta's youngest beneficiaries are the students in the Early Childhood Development centre (ECD). The ECD closed for a full month to give the children a break and time to play, when we visited last week wth our Patron it was the first day back at school. We passed by KiMMta's head office first where Vincent told us that the children were very happy to have their red uniforms back on and be back at school. When we arrived at the ECD centre we realised that he was absolutely right! The young children were in high spirits and genuinely looked happy to be there. 

We added to the excitement by passing on a donation of footballs from local organisation Alive and Kicking. KiMMta received 30 balls of various sizes to be used across all their programmes, The ECD students were keen to start practising and are hoping to find a tournament to compete in soon!

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project through GlobalGiving. Children of all ages are benefiting from your generosity and are able to work to reach their full potential through KiMMta's education programmes,

Football Practice
Football Practice
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

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