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 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.

Sep 28, 2012

Preparing for Improved Sustainability

Sharing Skills
Sharing Skills

Vision Africa has set a challenge to all its partner projects – by December 2013 30% of the funds they currently receive through our organisation should be raised through their own income generating activities (IGAs). This will empower the projects and also increase the involvement of local communities in the various projects.

A number of activities have already been set up including animal rearing, bakeries, sale of products made by graduates from our vocational and enterprise training centres, mobile phone charging and bureau services. Each project has been looking to meet the needs of the local community.

Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving donors, some of our projects will be able to expand their current activities or set up new enterprises to raise funds to support their work. In anticipation of the funds arriving, our team has been working hard to do some of the ground work to ensure the IGAs will be successful.

Ruth has been employed to work with our project leaders and support them in developing their IGAs. She is also responsible for collecting monthly reports which will allow us to evaluate each activity. In order to help the project leaders, Ruth has been preparing manuals packed with advice which will help them increase the productivity of their IGAs for example the best conditions for keeping certain animals, the feeds they should be given and the veterinary care required to maximise breeding potential.

We also like to share skills amongst our projects as far as possible. With this in mind, the head teacher of our Nairobi Seed of Hope centre travelled to Mbeere Children’s Home recently. The home has set up a dressmaking project producing school uniforms and tailor made clothing for members of the local community. Part of Florence’s role at Seed of Hope is to mentor her graduates as they set up small businesses after training in dressmaking and the production of marketable crafts. We thought it would be great if Florence could share her knowledge and skills with the team at Mbeere Children’s Home so that they can improve their business and hopefully generate more income to support the sixty children living at the home.

Now that we have received the funds from GlobalGiving, we are now in the process of allocating them to the various projects earmarked for investment. We look forward to bringing you updates from these projects in our next report.

Thank you for choosing to invest in our work and help develop self-sustainability at our partner projects.

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