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 9, 2010

Successful Tournament Ends on a High

Under 16s Winning Team
Under 16s Winning Team

Anticipation, tension and excitement filled the air at Woodley Stadium in Nairobi on Saturday 29th May. This was the day that the John Packard Family Cup football tournament reached its climax with the final matches being played to decide the winners of each category.

The tournament was launched in March and ran throughout the school holidays in April, giving over 2,000 children and youths a focus for the time they were out of school. Partnership with CARE Kenya meant that the children were also given some health education and mentoring while they weren’t on the pitch. Over 450 matches were played throughout the tournament in which 119 teams competed.

On finals day there were 5 key matches, 3 of which went to the wire with penalty shoot-outs being played to determine the winning team. The results were as follows:

Under 10s Mixed SHOFCO Juniors 1 – 0 Little Rocks Under 12 Boys Sprinting Juniors 0 – 0 Catalans (Sprinting Juniors won 3-2 on penalties) Under 14 Boys SHOFCO 1 – 1 Gladiators (Gladiators won 7-6 on penalties) Under 15 Girls Christ Ambassadors 1 – 1 CFK (Christ Ambassadors won 3-2 on penalties) Under 16 Boys Young Super Talents 2 – 0 Sadili

As the penalties were taken and winners celebrated, the sound of the vuvuzela could be heard around the stadium, adding to the occasion and to the World Cup fever which is starting to spread throughout Kenya and the continent.

The theme for the tournament was “Education and Sports”, reinforcing the work that Kibera Mpira Mtaani is doing to improve the education of children in the local community. The video featured here shows some of these children explaining why education is important to them. Please take a few minutes to watch this and see the great work that Kibera Mpira Mtaani is doing in this area. This message was made loud and clear by MC GG Spice who kept the crowd amused and informed at the finals event and praised Kibera Mpira Mtaani and Vision Africa for the work they have been doing in Kibera.

Also present at the event were journalists from the local radio station PamojaFM. This station has been very supportive of Kibera Mpira Mtaani and decided to interview the coach of the winning Under 16s team, Young Super Talents, live on air after the match. One of the journalists was also invited to present the awards for the Under 16s category.

Now that the tournament has drawn to a close....it's time to prepare for the next one which is scheduled to take place in August. As World Cup fever grips, please take the opportunity to support a project which is combing education and soccer to help young children in Kenya.

Education and Sports
Education and Sports
Celebrating scoring the winning penalty
Celebrating scoring the winning penalty
May 20, 2010

$10,000 Target Reached!

Printing blocks made from old flipflops
Printing blocks made from old flipflops

ASANTENI SANA! Thank you very much! We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped our project reach the initial target of $10,000. Each and every donation has helped us continue running our four Seed of Hope centres in Kenya giving dignity, hope and opportunity to destitute teenage girls.

When we were pulling together our information for the GlobalGiving challenge, we weren’t sure what to set as a target. $4,000 was the amount required to secure a place but we wanted to aim higher. To run our four centres for one year costs around $50,000 so $10,000 seemed like a good starting point and you helped us achieve that total in a period of nine months. This has really helped us in the funding of the centres and given the support we have seen from GlobalGiving donors, we decided to increase the target to $20,000...we know we can make it!

In line with the Kenyan school holidays, all our centres were closed for the month of April. During this break, the staff from all the centres came together in Nairobi for two days of training and exchanging ideas. Students returned at the beginning of May for their second term which will see our second year students prepare for their trade exams in Dressmaking. These exams are the same ones that government polytechnic students sit – the difference with our course is that we also train students with invaluable business skills and life skills. Many girls have problems with self-esteem when they enrol at our centres due to the circumstances from which they have come. Through counselling and lessons in Personal and Social Education, they gain a confidence which enables them to chat freely with visitors to the centre and to their own clients when they graduate and set up their own business.

Another difference between our curriculum and that of the government polytechnics is that students learn how to produce “marketable crafts” such as jewellery, mats, leather bags etc. They also learn about fashion and design and how to create their own designs. On a recent trip to our Kariti centre in Murang’a, we were shown some printing blocks the girls were working on. Showing great resourcefulness, the teacher had shown the girls how to make these from old flipflops! A fantastic example of recycling – check out the picture to see the results.

As well as seeking international donations for Seed of Hope, we have also been working with local individuals and church groups who are willing to assist the centres. In Nairobi, a group of visitors from a nearby church took time to visit the homes of some students in Kibera slums then headed to the centre to meet all the students. They were so touched by what they saw that they have decided to support the feeding program at this centre, ensuring that every girl will be given lunch at school. The same group also brought bags of newspapers which can be sold as part of the centre’s recycling project, re:future, to generate income towards the running costs.

Students are very much encouraged when we tell them that people locally and internationally are supporting them through their course. This motivates them to also help themselves by working hard and by contributing to the income generating activity at their centre. On behalf of the students, staff and management committees of each centre thank you for this support and we look forward to announcing that we have reached our revised target!

*** June 16th is International Day of the African Child....and also matching day on GlobalGiving where all donations will be matched with 50%. A great opportunity for us to take a step closer to that target! Please spread the word.***

Teambuilding game at sports day
Teambuilding game at sports day

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Apr 30, 2010

Outdoor Progress

Playing outside
Playing outside

After a visit to the St. Andrews Baby unit at the weekend, I wanted to share a couple of pieces of news.

As mentioned previously, all the food for the unit is now prepared specifically for the babies by the housemothers of the unit. Going one step further, they have now prepared an area of land so that they can grow their own vegetables. After a donation of seeds, they created seed beds and planted spinach, kales and carrots. They have recently had two other pieces of land dug ready for transplanting the seedlings.

Another great step forward is the creation of an outdoor play area for the little ones. A section of ground adjacent to the unit has been concreted and fenced in with a gate on one side. This new play area makes it easy for the mothers to take all the children outside at once to enjoy sunshine and fresh air. Currently, they are using mattresses and a play carpet to soften the ground but we are looking to source suitable flooring to finish the area off.

It was lovely to spend time outside with the little ones at the weekend and to see the great progress the unit is making. Thank you to all those who have supported this project.

Vegetable Garden
Vegetable Garden
Play Area
Play Area

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