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

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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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!

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