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.
Sep 20, 2011

Happy Times

All smiles - her old photo represents the project
All smiles - her old photo represents the project

Happy news to share – as reported in our last update, a local family had expressed interest in adopting a child from the St Andrews Baby Unit. The process took a lot longer than anticipated but a few weeks ago, the paperwork was signed off and the new parents collected their little one and took him home to start his new life as part of a family. Foster care is the first step and if all goes well, which we anticipate it will, the family can proceed to full adoption. We hope this is the first of many adoptions that will be facilitated through the St Andrews Baby Unit.

The food crisis in Kenya has impacted on the baby unit as it faces the rising prices of basic foods. The diet of the little ones has not been compromised though and we are very grateful to everyone who has donated through Global Giving as this income really does help ensure that the quality of care remains high and the children are unaffected by the current situation. Members of the local community continue to support the unit with donations of food when they harvest from their land.

The past three months have seen some changes to the baby unit. Australian volunteer, Carla, returned to Kenya after a few months at home in which she had raised funds to help the babies she had been helping to care for last year. Her funds have been used to create a shade over part of the outdoor play area and add shelving to the indoor play area and store room making the place much tidier and safer for the children. In addition to this, the baby unit now has a dedicated water tank to collect rainwater from the roof of a building. This water will be of great help to the mothers who have to hand wash all the clothes an nappies for the unit.

At the moment, the Kenyan economy is struggling as the exchange rate against the USD and sterling £ is so weak. For us, it means that your donations go further as we get more shillings for every $ or £ donated. We really do appreciate your support and hope you agree that the babies are looking happy and healthy as a result of your efforts.

We are delighted to have reached our original target for this project and extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed. However, as we continue to support the St Andrews Baby Unit, we are going to roll the project on and continue to raise funds for this unit which really is changing lives and giving young children a brighter future.

Enjoying the shaded play area
Enjoying the shaded play area
Matron with one of the little ones
Matron with one of the little ones
Sep 20, 2011

In Their Words...

Kibera Mpira Mtaani continues to go from strength to strength in terms of education and soccer. GlobalGiving has been collecting stories from the local community about a wide variety of organisations and events. Below you can find links to some of the 54 stories that have been written about Mpira Mtaani by people in the community of Kibera. Rather than us tell you what's going on and the impact it's having....we thought it best to hear it in their words

http://www.globalgiving.org/stories/9895

http://www.globalgiving.org/stories/13750

(http://www.globalgiving.org/stories/10611)

(http://www.globalgiving.org/stories/11104)

We are also trying to give children and youths in Kibera a stronger voice. A creative writing class takes place every Sunday at Kibera Mpira Mtaani to help children express themselves. Another organisation is in the process of setting up classes where children will be trained how to used computers and how to blog so that they can share stories of what is happening within their community.

As well as these activities, the daily after-school tuition program continues to grow and proves itself to be invaluable to the children in the local area around Kibera Mpira Mtaani's resource centre.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project through GlobalGiving. Together we can help make a difference to the lives of children in Kibera.

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

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