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.
Nov 25, 2014

Another Great Year

Closing Party
Closing Party

Another academic year is over in Kenya and it has been another great year for KiMMta.

Students in primary and secondary schools have now completed their national exams and they are now anxiously waiting for their results. On a recent visit to the afterschool project with Vision Africa Chairman, Bob Dowty, we heard that a large number of students have now completed their secondary education. Many of these students used KiMMta’s afterschool programme while they were in primary school and this helped improve their grades to help them secure a place at secondary school.

Last week I had the absolute honour of attending the closing ceremony for KiMMta’s students at the opposite end of the education system. Children from the ECD (Early Childhood Development centre) were in high spirits when we entered the school. They were being given a treat of energy biscuits and juice as part of their Christmas party. When we handed over balloons to one of the teachers the excitement reached another level but the teacher quickly used the balloons for a lesson in colours and had the attention of all of the students.

It has been amazing to see the transformation in these young children over the past year. They are settled in class and have made great progress academically. Their health has also improved thanks to the nutritious breakfast and lunch provided by KiMMta.

As we sat with the students we saw a few parents pass by for the closing meeting. What we didn’t realise was that the classroom upstairs was already full of parents! The attendance was overwhelming and so was the attitude of the parents who offered support for KiMMta’s committee and encouragement to each other to play their part in ensuring the success of the school.

The impact of the feeding programme was brought home to us when one mother stood up and said “When my daughter joined this school she was weak. Walking was difficult and climbing up these stairs was a problem. Now….she runs!” This improved health allows this girl and her classmates to concentrate on their studies and be more sociable as they can join in games and activities that would previously have been a great effort for them.

Several other parents mentioned that people ask them “Where does your child go to school?” because they are so impressed with the progress of the children. This is a wonderful tribute to the work that KiMMta is doing.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project throughout the last year. We look forward to bringing you the results from the primary and secondary school students in the new year.

Students Sing for Parents
Students Sing for Parents
Oct 28, 2014

Thank You!!

THANK YOU
THANK YOU

Thank you for responding to our appeal and giving hope to the children at Mbeere Children's Home.

We were truly overwhelmed with the response this project received. Joselyn, the wife of the late Administrator asked us to pass on this message to you:

"We at Mbeere Children's Home are thanking you for the donation you sent. May the blessing of the Lord always be upon you. Thank you very much."

The funds raised during this appeal will enable Vision Africa to provide much needed support to Joselyn, the staff and the management committee at the home as they continue to care for the children. Longer term plans are being developed and in the next few weeks a meeting will be held with representative of the staff, management committee, children and local community to discuss the way forward.

We have taken the decision to deactivate this project as we currently have sufficient funds to carry out the additional support that Vision Africa is undertaking.

Thank you once again for your contribution.

Oct 7, 2014

Graduations and Growing Confidence

Second Year Students Modelling Their Work
Second Year Students Modelling Their Work

The final term is underway for Seed of Hope students. For those in their second year graduation season is fast approaching. A total of 111 girls will be graduating this year across the four Seed of Hope centres. 

Kitui Seed of Hope will be the first centre to hold a graduation ceremony this year. The students are busy preparing for the event and have been working on their oufits. Teacher Emmanuel proudly posted a picture on Facebook to give us a sneak preview of some of the dresses that have been made. The centre in Nairobi will host the final graduation of the year at the beginning of December. The girls haven't started their final projects yet but are busy fine tuning their skills in preparation. I commented to the Head Teacher, Florence, that I've never seen the machine room filled with so many outfits before final projects get underway. She explained that this has been one of her most committed groups and they have been keen to practise as much as possible.

This came across over the August holidays when many of the second year students chose to come in to school and practise their stitching. What also came across was the confidence they have gained in their time at Seed of Hope. Sitting in the office one day I could hear chatter and laughter coming from the machine room. I went to see if I could take one photograph of the students who had sacrificed their holiday to come to school...I wasn't prepared for the fashion show that followed! The girls each tried on outfits they had made and asked me to take their photographs. I was amazed at their confidence because when they enrolled early last year they were a very quiet group and it was hard to get them to talk to us. Building up their self-esteem and confidence is part of Seed of Hope's work to empower these girls so they can deal with the many challenges that life throws at them.

Seed of Hope presents graduates with certificates for the various subjects they study including vocational skills, enterprise skills and life skills. For those whose families can find the funds, there is the option to sit national accredited exams which can improve employment prospects. Seventy first year students are currently preparing to sit these exams which will take place in December and thirty of the second years were able to sit the second level in August.

Our thanks to everyone who has supported Seed of Hope by donating through GlobalGiving. Your support is helping Florence, Emmanuel and all the other staff at Seed of Hope equip young girls with Dignity, Opportunity and Hope.

Did you know that GlobalGiving has a Bonus Day on 15th October? All donations up to $1,000 will be matched with 30% until the matching fund runs out. Why not ask your friends to make a big difference by donating that day? Matching begins at 9am EDT and as funds usually run out very quickly we'd recommend making a donation as soon as possible after that.

Thank you!!

Kitui Students Prepare For Graduation
Kitui Students Prepare For Graduation

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