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

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. 

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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