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 10, 2011

Seed of Hope Continues to Offer Hope

Kariti Students
Kariti Students

Seed of Hope students are as busy as ever. There are government exams to register and prepare for and second year students are starting to think about the designs for their final project – an outfit for their graduation which will take place in the final term.

On a recent visit to our Kariti centre in Murang’a, we found both the hairdressing and dressmaking students were working hard with their studies. They are also having success with their land as recent rains have meant the shamba (land for agriculture) is very green with maize and Napier grass. Once harvested, the maize will help with the centre’s feeding program while the Napier grass can be used to feed their cows with excess being sold to generate further income. When we visited the project last week with a group of visitors from the UK, headteacher Njambi proudly showed off some of the craft work that had been done by students including printing, knitting, weaving and leather work. We were then guided around the classrooms and shamba before being treated to some musical entertainment from the students. It was great to watch the confidence with which they performed and the pride that teachers and students take in their school. One of the most astounding facts for the visitors was that some girls walk 10km to get to school each day and the same to get home again at night. These are girls who really must value the education that Seed of Hope is offering them.

Our centre in Nyamache, Kisii, will be the second centre to add a hair and beauty course to its curriculum. Thanks to a donation from the Caledonian Society in Kenya, the initial start up materials will be purchased in the near future and the course can get underway once a teacher has been employed. This fee-paying course will help to generate income to subsidize the costs for the students who are in desperate need and are unable to pay for education after leaving primary school.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Seed of Hope through GlobalGiving. We really appreciate every donation that is made as the funds raised through GlobalGiving make it possible for us to keep our centres running and give our students hope for the future.

Wednesday June 15th is BONUS DAY on GlobalGiving. Every donation received by this project will be matched at 30% by our dear friends at GlobalGiving. Please spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers and help us make the most of this very generous offer.

Together we can create brighter futures! 

Cooking Lunch - maize and beans
Cooking Lunch - maize and beans
Jun 10, 2011

Success in sports and education

Sunday Creative Writing Classes
Sunday Creative Writing Classes

Kibera Mpira Mtaani had been seeing success in both Sports Development and Education programs in recent months.

April saw the launch of their annual Packard Family Cup Football Tournament which preached “Amani Lazima” (Peace a Must). The committee felt that it was vital to start preaching peace at this time as the country prepares for an election in August 2012. Peer counselors, mentors and counselors can use Kibera Mpira Mtaani’s football tournaments as a forum to work with up to 2,500 children and youths during the school holidays. This year’s tournament was a great event with 136 teams competing from under 10s to under16s and ladies. See below for a link to an article about the final day event.

In terms of education, Kibera Mpira Mtaani is going from strength to strength. They currently have around 400 students registered for after-school classes. These students come Monday to Friday at a time allotted for their school year group. Over the past two years, these classes have expanded to include secondary school students as well as primary. Under the supervision of volunteer teachers, the first priority is always to do homework that has been assigned at school during the day. After that, additional tuition and assignments are provided. This year, the program has welcomed two students from University of Nairobi who volunteer time to help young students with their work.

This program has no official budget and relies on donations of books and stationery to keep it going. Parents of students have been asked to contribute a small amount each month to help with the ongoing costs such as paraffin for lamps, soap for keeping the classrooms clean etc but no child is turned away if their parents or guardians cannot contribute.

As well as the academic studies, Kibera Mpira Mtaani aims to create well-rounded individuals by offering opportunities to explore various talents. Once again, this is done through volunteers who run classes in dancing, creative writing etc. At a recent session in the creative writing class, students were asked to write a few lines about their home, Kibera. These were chosen as the best three and the reward (as well as a piece of chocolate!) was the promise that their work would be published online...

KIBERA
Oh wow. Kibera is a very big shiny state where most people prefer to live.

Kibera is the most beautiful slum in Africa that is found in Kenya and people live there.

Kibera is a very big shiny place and I love living there.

(Nelson Lusuli)

KIBERA

 An I can see dreams coming true in Kibera.

Wonderful place to stay and enjoy.

I can see future presidents in Kibera.

I love my hometown and nobody will change my mind.

My ugali, a big lovely and cool place.

Kibera is a rich place someone can stay.

I wonder, visitors coming to my hometown.

I love it how it is.

Passion juice following in Kibera.

Never judge a book by its cover.

(Ndelia Akinyi)

KIBERA

Kibera is my homestead.

The perfect place with lovely people which live peacefully.

This beautiful city has no troubles because we do not trouble troubles,

And that is why I will never wish to abandon this place but struggle to overcome troubles.

(Jesse Komo)

Thank you to those who have contributed to help Kibera Mpira Mtaani in their work. It really does make a difference to children in Kibera.

Wednesday June 15th is BONUS DAY on GlobalGiving. Every donation received by this project will be matched at 30% by our dear friends at GlobalGiving. Please spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers and help us make the most of this very generous offer.

Together we can create brighter futures! 

Safe place to do homework
Safe place to do homework

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Jun 10, 2011

St Andrews Baby Unit Shares Good News

Infants from Baby Unit in Their First School Photo
Infants from Baby Unit in Their First School Photo

Last month saw the St Andrews Baby Unit hit its capacity of fifteen babies with the arrival of Priscillah – a one month old little girl whose mother has been unable to take care of her since she was born. Priscillah is a very healthy little girl and has been doing well since she arrived to occupy the last available cot. Little Emmanuel, who was mentioned in the last project report, has also shown great improvement in recent weeks and is becoming much more alert and gaining weight. When I visited last weekend, his mother had passed by to spend some time with him – she is currently in secondary school but will resume his care when she finishes school next November.

A small group of the older toddlers have taken the big step and are now attending school each day during the week. Vision Africa set up and supports an ECD (Early Childhood Development) centre within the same compound as the baby unit so the little ones are able to attend the baby class each day but still go “home” for lunch. They are really coming on a treat under the care of the teachers and are starting to learn new songs and develop their language skills.

Another great piece of news is that progress is being made on the first adoption of one of the children from the St. Andrews Baby Unit. A family from the local community is working with the authorities to apply to foster a little boy with a view to eventually adopting him...this is the standard process in Kenya. For babies or infants who have no family to which they can be restored, adoption is the best outcome we can hope for. We look forward to seeing how this first one goes and hope that more local families come forward to adopt some of the other children who have no hope of being restored to their family.

Once again, we would like to thank everyone who has supported this project through GlobalGiving. With fifteen babies to care for, your donations are vital to help us buy food, toiletries and everything else babies require. We truly appreciate all that you have done.

Wednesday June 15th is BONUS DAY on GlobalGiving. Every donation received by this project will be matched at 30% by our dear friends at GlobalGiving. Please spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers and help us make the most of this very generous offer.

Together we can create brighter futures! 

New arrival
New arrival

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