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 1, 2014

Saving an Angel (and a John)

Baby Angel
Baby Angel

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters through GlobalGiving since our last update in December. At that time we told you of three new babies that had been brought in to the St Andrews Baby Unit and have a safe, loving home thanks to your donations.

Since then, the unit has welcomed another two little ones in. Angel was just days old when she was found abandoned. She is making good progress and growing fast under the care of the dedicated staff at the St Andrews Baby Unit.

The other new arrival was rescued from a situation of neglect after his mother was forced to flee the family home. At just four months old, John had been fed solids as his caregivers didn’t have any baby formula to feed him after his mother left. Neighbours alerted the authorities to conditions in which John and his older brother were being raised and they were brought to Kandara Children’s Home with John being placed in the baby unit. Matron Lucy and her team have been working hard to ensure that John is receiving the nourishment that he needs to get him back on track and we’re sure in no time he will be catching up with his age mates.

Without your support, there wouldn’t be this safe haven for children like Angel and John. Words are not enough to thank you but we hope that the pictures of these children whose lives you have changed will show you the lives that have been changed thanks to you.

The St Andrews Baby Unit was launched by Vision Africa’s Founders, Rev and Mrs Packard, in November 2007. They sourced the funding for the unit, Mr Packard oversaw the renovation of a building to create the structure and Mrs Packard designed the interior and equipped the unit. Now in their eighties, the couple made a return visit last week and were delighted to see how well Lucy and her team are doing and how great the unit looks having had a makeover last year. Mrs Packard had her hands full meeting Angel and some of the other children. She has asked us to pass on her appreciation to everyone who has made the St Andrews Baby Unit the success that it is.

So THANK YOU from Mrs Packard, Lucy and her team and all the babies and little children that you have given hope to! Let's work together to give hope and a loving home to more little ones in the future. 

Little John
Little John
Mrs Packard returns
Mrs Packard returns
Apr 1, 2014

Message from Mariam and Florence

Students
Students

In August 2009, we posted our Seed of Hope project on GlobalGiving to compete in the challenge and secure a permanent place on their website. Since then, over 900 donations have been raised totalling over $39,000. This has supported the training of hundreds of girls across our four Seed of Hope centres. Graduates are now employed or running their own businesses, supporting their families and training other disadvantaged girls in their communities. This has all been possible because of YOU. 

The funds received through GlobalGiving keep Seed of Hope going. They ensure that students can learn the skills they need to earn a living and have hope for their future.

Please take a couple of minutes to watch the attached video where graduate Mariam and Seed of Hope Administrator Florence have a message for you.

Message from Seed of Hope

You can also read about a new initiative that will support graduates from the Nairobi Seed of Hope centre. The Dhamira Hub opened on the 2nd of March and will benefit graduates like Mariam as they work towards setting up their own small businesses.

In Nairobi today the vehicles used for public transport are on strike. We had expected this to affect the number of students attending school but were shocked (and very pleasantly surprised) to find the classrooms filled up by 8am. The students value Seed of Hope and the education they receive so they had left home early and many of them walked long distances to ensure they didn't miss a day of school. 

Thank you for ensuring that these students had a school to go to!

Feb 27, 2014

KiMMta Success

Evans with proud KiMMta Volunteers
Evans with proud KiMMta Volunteers

It has been a successful start to the year for the KiMMta team and their education programmes.

9 students from the Early Childhood Development programme have reached a level where they have now been able to graduate and join primary school.

At the other end of the scale, 55 students who had completed their primary education received the results for their KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) exams. The top student was Evans who scored an amazing 400 out of 500 marks. This is a great achievement. Another 24 students scored over 300 marks, proving that KiMMta’s programme is making a difference.

The numbers are great but to show the impact of KiMMta’s work from the students’ perspective we carried out a survey among a small group of the children and youths who use the resource centre for after-school tuition.

This is a sample of their comments:

"In school teachers don't have enough time to teach one student but in afterschool tuition maybe if we have a problem we can call one teacher as other students continue with other teachers..." Ephy, aged 14

"The afterschool teachers help me with anything and most things we are not taught or we do not fully understand in our different schools. There are teachers who teach us here. I also get help in my education from peers." Evans, 14

"In our school we around three thousand pupils so if the teacher has taught us something and if you have not fully understood he/she cannot repeat. So here in KiMMta you have many teachers who can assist you. In our home we do not have enough light to read so I always come to KiMMta to read. I have improved my performance in school and I always be the highest in class." Mary, 11

"The struggles I had was space to study because at home you find no fuel (for lights) sometimes, a lot of work at home and so many others but afterschool programme has helped a lot. I have the time, space and requirements needed to complete my homework. I would like to request if this afterschool programme would be increased in other communities to help people develop and become future presidents...." Davis, 17

We would like to thank everyone who has helped Ephy, Evans, Mary, Davis and hundreds of other students by supporting KiMMta through GlobalGiving.

After-school teacher and students
After-school teacher and students
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