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.
Oct 2, 2012

The Final Term of 2012 Begins

Overalls made by Seed of Hope students
Overalls made by Seed of Hope students

Our students have just returned from their August vacation and are happy to be back in school and working hard. In fact, some students in Nairobi were even in school during the holidays to continue learning how to use computers and to make overalls for Seed of Hope’s mechanics students.

Seed of Hope is now its final term of 2012 and preparations are being made for this year’s graduation ceremonies. Almost one hundred students will graduate this year, including some fee-paying students whose fees help sustain our training programmes for disadvantaged youths.

Over thirty of the students who are graduating have been able to sit their Grade 2 exams set by the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT), Kenya’s most recognised examination board for dressmaking. Students who pass this exam have a higher chance of gaining paid employment. For those who are unable to sit the exams or who prefer self-employment, our Roots programme is designed to help them set up their own small businesses.

Since our last report, we have had word that two of our Seed of Hope Centres (Kisii and Kitui) have been certified by the government as recognised examination centres. This will reduce the costs involved in sitting exams for their own students and allow them to earn income by charging external students to sit their DIT exams on their premises. This will help with the sustainability of the centres.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Seed of Hope through Global Giving. Your contributions ensure that we can continue to train disadvantaged girls and give them brighter futures.

Student at work
Student at work
Sep 28, 2012

Launching a New Education Programme

Launch of ECD Centre
Launch of ECD Centre

Over the last few months, the team at Kibera Mpira Mtaani has been working hard to set up a new education programme. From the 1st October, their resource centre which is currently used for after-school tuition will be used as an Early Childhood Development Centre during the day. A group of sixty young children will take their places in the Baby Class, Nursery Class and Pre-Unit Class of the new school. As KiMMta's Chairman, Vincent Kegode, explained to the students' parents, the intention of the centre is "to give children a good foundation for when they start in government primary schools". Vincent also stressed that the centre must deliver quality education to the children who are enrolled and their progress in primary school will be followed up through KiMMta's after-school tuition programme which currently supports over four hundred children on a daily basis.

The opening of the centre has been made possible thanks to a grant from a foundation in the UK which will support the programme for two years. Plans are already underway to introduce income generating activities which will ensure the programme remains sustainable. Vincent made sure that parents attending today's meeting were aware that the community is also expected to contribute to the sustainability of the centre with each student paying a small fee of 300ksh (2.30, $3.50) per month. As well as paying for teachers and providing a school uniform for each student, the grant will allow a feeding programme to be put in place whereby students will receive a cup of porridge at morning break and a hot lunch every day during term time. Vincent said "we thank Vision Africa for working with us on this". Vision Africa Field Director, Deborah Kimathi, congratulated Vincent and his team at KiMMta on setting up the ECD centre. She said "We are very excited about this new programme and we want the ECD centre to be a success. Only one thing will make it a success and that is teamwork.

Everyone has a role to play - Vision Africa, KiMMta, teachers, students and parents." Thanks to everyone who has supported Kibera Mpira Mtaani through Global Giving. This has helped the organisation go from strength to strength and we hope you join us in celebrating this latest success.

Sep 28, 2012

News from St Andrews Baby Unit

St Andrews Babies
St Andrews Babies

Things have been quiet at the St Andrews Baby Unit for the past few months in that there have been no new arrivals. However, with twelve young children under their care, quiet is not a word that is often associated with the baby unit!

The children are doing well under the care of Matron Lucy and her team. Lucy tells us that the recent achievements include Priscillah starting to crawl and hold on to things to pull herself up while Anne has started her potty training. Wanjiku, Patrick, Joe and Mwangi are all attending the Baby Class at the Early Childhood Development centre which shares the same compound as the baby unit and Kandara Children’s Home. This is the first step in preparing them for their primary education.

As we mentioned in our last report, the unit is working towards sustainability. As well as taking in children from the local community for day care, the staff are now rearing pigs and chickens. The pigs will breed and then piglets can be sold to raise funds while the eggs produced by the chickens can be consumed by the children at the unit. A kitchen garden is also being cultivated around the building where the unit is situated. This will allow a variety of vegetables to be grown which can be incorporated into the children’s diet.

Matron Lucy and her team received some training from a group of three physiotherapists from the UK who were volunteering at several Vision Africa projects. The physiotherapists were able to give some advice about child development and suggest exercises for some of the children who needed a little encouragement to get mobile.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the St Andrews Baby Unit by donating through Global Giving. Your support really does make a difference to the lives of all the young children who benefit from this project.

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