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.
May 2, 2013

Update on the Pigs

The GlobalGiving Sow
The GlobalGiving Sow

Last year, we were able to buy a pregnant sow to help Kandara Children's Home on the path to sustainability. The sow gave birth in November and the piglets have grown well. Plans are now underway to sell some of the piglets to raise income for the project.

News of the pig farming has spread to the local community. One man had a pig which he couldn't afford to feed so he decided to donate it to the home. Although it was quite malnourished, it is now becoming much healthier under the care of the groundsman and children at the home. With two sows now in place, it is hoped that the project can grow and produce regular income for the home.

All of this was possible thanks to a donation on GlobalGiving! 

Thank you for your support.

The piglets
The piglets
Apr 24, 2013

2013 - A Great Year So Far!!

Priscillah Walking
Priscillah Walking

The number 13 might be unlucky for some but 2013 is off to a great start for the St Andrews Baby Unit. Having been open for five years and home to more than thirty little ones, the unit was in need of a facelift.

One of our volunteers fundraised to allow us to put terrazo flooring on the outdoor and covered play area, the bathroom and the kitchen. This instantly lifted the look of these areas but we were left with the main hall and bedrooms looking very drab and with damaged flooring. A local tile company then offered donate all the tiles needed to refloor these areas and even got a cement company to provide all the cement required to do the job! The floor is now much better suited to the young ones and the mothers love it saying it is not only better for the children but it is easier to keep clean as well.

The next stage of the makeover is to have the unit painted. This will be done by students from another of Vision Africa's projects who require to raise funds for exam fees. The paint is being funded partly through donations and partly through a voucher won by one of our supporters which entitles the bearer to about $170 worth of paint. We look forward to the transformation being completed in the next few weeks.

Another great piece of news is that a donor has offered to install a biogas system which will power a cooker for the baby unit. This will reduce the need for charcoal and firewood and will be powered using manure from cows and pigs. The system will be installed this weekend so we look forward to reporting on that in the near future,

The babies are doing well and enjoying their new environment. Priscillah had been very reluctant to walk but is now taking her first steps while Cecilia and Peter are crawling around now. Moses and John are the two smallest babies at the unit at the moment and are making good progress.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this project through Global Giving. Your support ensures that the babies and toddlers get the care they deserve and a chance at a brighter future.

Apr 24, 2013

Back in Business!

Baker in Training
Baker in Training

The bakery at Kandara Children's Home has been idle for a number of years. It had been a thriving business with cakes being sold in neighbouring shopping centres to provide income to the home. However, this stopped when the baker unfortunately passed away.

Thanks to donations via Global Giving, the bakery has been given a new lease of life. The oven and baking tins were all scrubbed and cleaned and the fire was set to get things started. When we visited the home, one of the young men who recently finished his secondary school studies was being trained how to make cakes.The small cakes are already being sold locally with the plan to repair a disused motorbike so that they can reach new markets which are not as well supplied as the main shopping centres. 

The children at Kandara Children's Home were treated to the first test batch and were then bought a cake each for breakfast to celebrate the birthday of one of our supporters. This is a great way for us to treat the children while the home gets the second benefit of the additional income.

We are happy to report that Nyamwanga Primary School in western Kenya has planted for a second season. They started farming last year thanks to donations through Global Giving. This was so successful that they are keen to see what this season can produce. As the rainy season is here, planting has been done and we look forward to a good harvest later in the year.

Thanks to everyone who has helped these projects on the path to sustainability. We really do appreciate your support!

The oven
The oven

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