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.
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
Mar 9, 2012

Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures

Headteacher Florence with Mercy and Rosabella
Headteacher Florence with Mercy and Rosabella

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” and that is exactly what happened at our Seed of Hope Centre in Nairobi on the 8th March. 

For the first time in Seed of Hope’s history, boys were also present for the International Women’s Day celebrations as the students from Clayton’s Mechanics were also prepared to be inspired by the guest speakers. In fact, the boys actually asked more questions than the girls – men taking advice from women shows just how far we have come since the events that initiated International Women’s Day over one hundred years ago.

The two guest speakers were graduates from Seed of Hope. Rosabella was one of the first Seed of Hope students to graduate back in 2004 and Mercy followed her in 2005.

Rosabella was the first to speak after being introduced to the group by the headteacher, Florence. Rosabella told the students “Seed of Hope came to my rescue and they’re helping me right now in my life. I thought it was the end of the world and the end of me when I didn’t go to secondary school. We all believe going to school is making the future for us.” She then went on to explain how Seed of Hope helped changed her life, the successes she’s had so far and how Seed of Hope can lead to great things. She was given a round of applause when she told the students “You here can go on to employ someone who has been to university!”

Rosabella was definitely an inspiration for the students as she told them that having graduated from Seed of Hope she went on to start her own business which she has built up over the years and is now very successful. She then decided to return to her studies and take herself through secondary school while still maintaining her business. In fact, she just received her final results last week and was congratulated by the Seed of Hope students who had many questions about how to juggle studying and running a business. The advice they were given was it is hard but you have to plan and if you want to achieve in life you have to sacrifice. Her final comment was “I don’t want to ask for favours. I want people to be asking me for favours. I’m from a family of seven and I’m helping my people”.

Mercy then took to the floor and explained how she had joined Seed of Hope when she had no-one to care from her after her parents passed away. She said “It’s a great blessing for me to be here. Spiritually and emotionally I learned a lot at Seed of Hope. I had no-one to care for me and Teacher Florence is now like my mother.” Mercy had a different experience to share as someone had seen her determination during her time at Seed of Hope and decided to pay for her to go to secondary school after she graduated from her course. After completing her secondary education in 2008, she found employment and is now studying a certificate in Business Management with the hope of doing a diploma when she completes the exams she is currently studying for.

Mercy told the students “I am not ashamed to say where I’ve come from. In fact, it’s an encouragement.” Her family was not interested in her before she joined Seed of Hope but now that she is educated and earning Mercy says “I have proved them wrong, I proved that I am someone.” Her advice to the current group of students was to focus on the positive rather than dwell on the negative. She says “Be confident and know what you want in life. If you are determined and have a goal, you will make it. I have not reached where I want to reach. One day I want to be a successful manager of a very big company. One day I’ll come here in my car.”

International Women’s Day 2012 was about “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures”. For Seed of Hope this is an on-going theme and we are proud to see graduates like Rosabella and Mercy achieve their goals and share their stories to inspire more girls to work hard and become successful in their own right.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported Seed of Hope by donating via Global Giving. With your support, we can educate and nurture more girls to be confident and self-reliant like Rosabella and Mercy.

On Wednesday 14th March, our friends at GlobalGiving are matching all donations with 30%. Please help us spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues who would like to make the kind of difference that you have made by supporting our girls at Seed of Hope.

THANK YOU!!

Graduate Rosabella inspires students
Graduate Rosabella inspires students

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