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.
Jun 12, 2012

Working Towards a Sustainable Future

A Kushuka Necklace
A Kushuka Necklace

As with all Vision Africa partner projects, Seed of Hope has been set a challenge as we celebrate our tenth anniversary. By December 2013 they should be earning 30% of their budget through income generating activities (IGAs) with a view to this number increasing to 50% by 2015. This is the first step towards a sustainable future for projects which are making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and youths in Kenya.

In recent months, the headteachers of our four Seed of Hope centres have been working with our new team member, Ruth, to plan how they can develop existing income generating activities and initiate new ones which will help provide funds for the running costs of their centre. Staff who work at each of the projects were invited to attend a workshop which offered training on marketing, record keeping and business development. The idea behind this was to build their capacity and give them the knowledge and skills they need to run a successful business.

It is anticipated that development of the IGAs will lead to increased participation of the communities in which Seed of Hope operates. Members of the local community will be customers for produce that is sold, fee-paying students for training courses that are on offer, volunteers donating their time and skills to work with the project or will be able to donate materials to get projects started.

Our Seed of Hope centre in Kariti is leading the field in terms of setting up IGAs. They have now expanded their curriculum and taken in fee-paying students in Hair and Beauty and Computer Studies. They are also making use of their land to grown maize and vegetables and rearing chickens and a cow. Njambi, the headteacher at the centre says “It’s important for us to be self-reliant as NGO funds can stop any time. We're a community based program and if we're self-reliant the community can be proud of themselves for what they give the centre.”

It has been an exciting time for our Nairobi centre. Crafted, a fashion brand set up as a social enterprise, has been working with an international jewellery designer to develop a collection called “Kushuka”. This will feature in the Edinburgh Festival in August and is currently on sale in Nairobi. The students and graduates involved in the process were thrilled to see their products on the catwalk.

As our Seed of Hope centres take steps towards sustainability, we appreciate all the supporters who have brought us to where we are now and ensured that Seed of Hope has been able to change the lives of disadvantaged teenagers. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this project through Global Giving.

This Wednesday, 13th June, is Bonus Day on Global Giving and all donations to this project will be matched. Please help us spread the word to allow us to take advantage of this special offer from our friends at Global Giving and make an even bigger difference to the lives of our students.

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Apr 10, 2012

KiMMta Academic Success

Kibera Mpira Mtaani’s education programme has once again proved itself to be a great success. The results from last year’s KCPE (Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education) exams were outstanding with 34 out of 60 students scoring over 300 out of 500 marks and 24 out of the remaining 26 passing with 250 or above.

There are now four hundred attending Kibera Mpira Mtaani’s after school tuition classes on a daily basis. They are being coached by fourteen volunteer teachers who give their time to help the students learn and also mentor them.

At the moment, Kibera Mpira Mtaani (KiMMta) has seventy students in secondary school. These are students who have used their after school tuition programme to improve their grades in primary school and then been assisted to secure scholarships to pay for their secondary education. KiMMta has also been delighted to be able to find supporters who have helped one of their students move on to university where he is studying a Bachelor of Education. This young man appreciates the support he has received from KiMMta and often volunteers at the centre to tutor the next generation of students.

KiMMta Chairman, Vincent, says “Education is the biggest thing you can give to an African child today.”

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to KiMMta’s success in educating children in Kibera by donating to the project via GlobalGiving. Your support is making a difference!

Mar 9, 2012

Happy Endings and New Beginnings

Grace now has a new family
Grace now has a new family

There is never a quiet day in the St Andrews Baby Unit…as you can imagine with so many small babies and toddlers. The last few weeks have been exceptionally busy and have seen some exciting changes.

The unit welcomed in two new toddlers a few weeks ago. One already had two brothers living at Kandara Children’s Home and another came along with his older sister who joined the main children’s home and is able to visit her brother regularly. The new arrivals meant that it was time for two of the older children to move up to the main children’s home after three years under the care of Mother Lucy and her team. Newton was just days old when he came to the St Andrews Baby Unit along with his twin sister back in 2008 and Jacob was a few months old when his mother passed away and he joined the St Andrews Baby Unit family.

Another new arrival quickly followed the two toddlers – this time a baby boy who was estimated to be one week old. Found in a shamba (garden/farm) in a neighbouring town, Bedan was taken to the local police who carried out the formal checks and processes then took him to the St Andrews Baby Unit. He is healthy and doing well.

Bedan’s arrival came at around the same time as we received word that a foster family had been found for the very first abandoned baby brought to the St Andrews Baby Unit.

Little Grace was found in a local market when she was just two weeks old back in January 2008. All wrapped up, she had been left at the petrol station during the night and was found in the morning by a passer-by who took her to the police station.

Grace was the first new baby to come to the St Andrews Baby Unit after it opened in November 2007. For the first two months the matron, Lucy, and her team had been working with some of the younger children from Kandara Children’s Home to get used to their new surroundings and set routines in place. With Grace’s arrival came the start of preparing formula and changing nappies. Within a few months there were many more babies requiring the same care.

Over time, we watched Grace grow and enjoyed the moments of her first steps and her first words. She became the big sister of all the others in the baby unit and was among the first from the St Andrews Baby Unit to join the ECD (Early Childhood Development) centre that Vision Africa set up in the same compound as the baby unit and Kandara Children’s Home. She became good friends with two of the girls who used the baby unit for day care and also joined school at the same time as her – Hope and Joy. The three names Grace, Hope and Joy don’t quite convey how much mischief these girls could get up to though! They were often found giggling together…especially when they were supposed to be taking an afternoon nap.

Grace’s mother was never traced so she became eligible for adoption once all the relevant papers had been posted with the courts. She has now joined her foster family for three months and if all goes well they will proceed to adopt her and give her a happy home in a family unit.

Although the goodbyes were hard for the team that has cared for her since she was two weeks old and for her brothers and sisters at the St Andrews Baby Unit and Kandara Children’s Home, this is the happy ending we have been waiting for in Grace’s story. 

We would like to thank everyone who has supported Grace, Bedan, Newton, Jacob and all the other children at the St Andrews Baby Unit by donating via Global Giving. Without your support, these young children would not have had their lives transformed by Mother Lucy and her team at the St Andrews Baby Unit.

On Wednesday 14th our friends at GlobalGiving are generously matching all donations with 30%. Please help us spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues who might be interested in supporting this project and impacting the lives of our babies in the same way you have done.

THANK YOU!!!

Bedan - the latest addition
Bedan - the latest addition
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