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

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.

Jun 12, 2012

Changing Faces and a Challenge for Sustainability

Moses now has a new family
Moses now has a new family

Since our last update, the St Andrews Baby Unit has had another new arrival. A little boy, estimated to be about five months old was found in a house in the local area. It is thought that he had been on his own for two days after his mother ran off and left him. He is now under the care of Matron Lucy and her team.

Another group of children have graduated from the baby unit to the main children’s home at Kandara – Lucy and Teresia have joined Newton and Jacob and seem to be enjoying themselves. They still pop back to the baby unit to visit the staff and their friends.

There has also been another child fostered since our last update. Little Moses, known as Mussa, was found by a river not long after he was born. He was rescued by some people who happened to be passing nearby and after the authorities had been notified, he was admitted to the baby unit. After three years, he has a new family who hope to adopt him after their initial foster period is over. Moses seemed very happy when his new family came to collect him. He was heard proudly telling his little friends “My mum is feeding me lunch today!”

The other exciting update is that little Anne has started walking all on her own. She had been a bit reluctant for a while but now runs around with the rest of the older children in the unit.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported the St Andrews Baby Unit through Global Giving. Without your donations it would not be possible for the unit to operate. As part of Vision Africa’s tenth anniversary, we are focusing on making our projects more sustainable. Matron Lucy from the St Andrews Baby Unit recently attended a two day workshop in Nairobi to learn more about how to run successful Income Generating Activities such as the day care that the baby unit offers to families in the local community. As with all of our projects, the baby unit has been challenged to raise 30% of its monthly budget through income generating activities by December 2013.

In the meantime, we continue to seek support for this project. Wednesday 13th June is a Bonus Day on Global Giving. All donations to the St Andrews Baby Unit will be matched at 50% so if you can spare an extra $20, Global Giving will turn that in to a $30 donation. Please help us by spreading the word about this great offer from our friends at Global Giving.

Thanks once again for your support!

Jun 12, 2012

Taking Steps Towards Sustainability

As we celebrate Vision Africa's tenth anniversary, we have set a challenge to all our project leaders including those at Kibera Mpira Mtaani. By December 2013 our projects should be raising 30% of their budgets through income generating activities with a view to increasing that to 50% by 2015.

Kibera Mpira Mtaani has risen to the challenge. As their first interest was initially football, they have subscribed to satellite television and broadcast football matches to the residents of Kibera for a small fee. Between the English Premier League and European Championships there are lots of matches to be shown. The charges vary depending on the teams playing with the highest fees for matches such as Manchester Utd vs. Arsenal. This business has recently expanded with bottled sodas being sold to those watching the matches.

Another Income Generating Activity that Kibera Mpira Mtaani has started is the hire of tents and chairs. These can be hired for a fee for events such as weddings, church services or football tournaments. This business also has potential to grow through the addition of a PA system.

By running these businesses, Kibera Mpira Mtaani is able to pay for the rent of a room that can be used for children to study in. They can also pay something to the volunteer teachers who tutor students in the after-school program and can buy paraffin for the lamps that are used when there is no electricity. 

Three members of the team from Kibera Mpira Mtaani attended a workshop last week which gave them skills and knowledge to develop their Income Generating Activities to the next level.

These are the first steps towards a more sustainable future for Kibera Mpira Mtaani as they continue to work with over 300 children on a daily basis. Thanks to everyone who has supported this project through GlobalGiving. We appreciate your contribution which is of great value as we work together until self-sustainability is achieved.

Wednesday, June 13th, is Bonus Day on GlobalGiving. Every donation that is made to our projects will be of extra value (matched at 50%) as it will receive a top up from our partners at GlobalGiving. Please help us spread the word about this event so that we can ensure we take advantage of this special offer. 

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