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.
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
Sep 23, 2014

Happy Endings

Peter
Peter

It's always good to share good news so we thought we would share this with you!!

Over the past few weeks, two little boys from the St Andrews Baby Unit have been placed with local adoptive families.

Peter is almost three years old and was found abandoned in a rented room when he was five months. His family was never traced. Moses was abandoned when he was just one day old and was brought to the St Andrews Baby Unit two days later. He is about to turn two in the next few weeks.

Both boys have benefited from the shelter of the unit and the care of Matron Lucy and her dedicated team. As happy as they have been during their time at the unit, ultimately a family setting is the best outcome that we could hope for and we wish them many years of happiness with their new parents.

Our thanks to everyone who has supported Peter, Moses and all of the other children by contributing through GlobalGiving. Your generosity has a real impact on young children and babies in Kenya which is why we wanted to share this story of happy endings with you.

Thank you!

Moses
Moses
Sep 9, 2014

Back to School

Happy Students
Happy Students

The August holidays are over and Term 3 is now underway in Kenyan schools.

For students in their final year of primary or secondary school, this is the most important term of the academic year as they are now preparing for their national exams. Unlike the majority of schools, KiMMta's after-school programme didn't take a four week break. The time off from school meant extra study time for the "candidates" who take their exams very seriously and are willing to put in the extra hours to help improve their grades.

Help was on hand for the students thanks to a former beneficiary of KiMMta's after-school project. Stephen is now enrolled at university having achieved high grades thanks to support from KiMMta. As his way of giving back to the project, Stephen and some of his fellow university students volunteered to hold academic clinics helping the next generation of KiMMta students to follow in his footsteps.

After two weeks of classes the formal programme of study concluded although the resource centre was still accessible to any students who wanted to use it to study or access text books. KiMMta chairman, Vincent, explained why it is important not to fill up the whole holiday with studies. He says that KiMMta recognises the effort that parents put in to provide for their children throughout the year and so the older students should be in a position to help their parents with some chores during the holiday period. 

At the other end of the scale, KiMMta's youngest beneficiaries are the students in the Early Childhood Development centre (ECD). The ECD closed for a full month to give the children a break and time to play, when we visited last week wth our Patron it was the first day back at school. We passed by KiMMta's head office first where Vincent told us that the children were very happy to have their red uniforms back on and be back at school. When we arrived at the ECD centre we realised that he was absolutely right! The young children were in high spirits and genuinely looked happy to be there. 

We added to the excitement by passing on a donation of footballs from local organisation Alive and Kicking. KiMMta received 30 balls of various sizes to be used across all their programmes, The ECD students were keen to start practising and are hoping to find a tournament to compete in soon!

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project through GlobalGiving. Children of all ages are benefiting from your generosity and are able to work to reach their full potential through KiMMta's education programmes,

Football Practice
Football Practice

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