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.
Dec 17, 2013

Christmas Greetings from The St Andrews Baby Unit

Baby Natasha
Baby Natasha

It has been another great year for the St Andrews Baby Unit in Kandara. The unit has had a makeover and looks much brighter with new flooring and a fresh coat of paint. This has lifted the spirits of the staff and the children who love the new environment.

Three of the older children from the unit have been attending the nursery school that Vision Africa set up in the grounds of Kandara Children’s Home. Patrick, James and Anne are coming on in leaps and bounds since they started in the baby class. They have learned new songs and rhymes and enjoy singing them and teaching the other children back at the baby unit. In fact, as soon as they saw the Santa hat Patrick started a chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and was quickly joined by Anne and James.

There have been a few graduations this year with children moving up to the main home. This has left space for new babies who have been brought in to the unit. Just in the last few weeks, there have been three early Christmas gifts for Matron Lucy and her team. Natasha was brought in at two days old as her mother is unable to care for her. She already has an older sister who spent a few years in the baby unit before moving up to the main home. The staff have introduced the older sister to Natasha and she is already very protective of her.

Anne was brought in at three months old. She has had a troubled start in life as her mother is unable to look after her and she was rescued from a difficult situation. She is now doing well under the care of Lucy and the mothers at the unit. Before there was time to adjust to having two small babies again, a third one was brought in. This little girl was abandoned and handed in to a pastor’s wife. Her mother obviously cared greatly for her as she had left a note with the details of her vaccinations. When the staff saw the little two month old baby, they were amazed at how much she looked like the very first baby that was brought in to the unit back in January 2008. Grace has since been successfully adopted by a family in Kenya and is doing well so the staff decided to give the new arrival her name.

Thanks to your support through Global Giving, the local community knew exactly where to take Natasha, Anne and Grace. The St Andrews Baby Unit is able to exist and provide a safe haven because of your generosity.

We look forward to bringing you updates on the progress of the little ones in the year to come.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Patrick Wishes You a Merry Christmas
Patrick Wishes You a Merry Christmas
Emmanuel - born on Christmas Eve
Emmanuel - born on Christmas Eve
Dec 9, 2013

Class of 2013

Phoebe and Roselyn graduate
Phoebe and Roselyn graduate

Seed of Hope's Class of 2013 has now graduated. There were colourful ceremonies at our four centres and it was wonderful to see how much the event meant not just to the graduates but to their families' as well. Parents, guardians and siblings were keen to celebrate the occasion and be photographed with the graduates as they received their certificates,

Now it is time for the graduates to move on to the next stage of their lives and face the realities of the world. Gitau is a teacher in Enterprise studies at the Nairobi centre and helps to oversee the set up of Roots businesses at all four centres. He gave us this report:

"The Seed of Hope policy for students after the two years course is to either join a Roots business or get employed in their field of expertise. After the 2013 graduation, 9 small businesses will be set up for girls who have completed the programme of training.

Three months before graduation each group was required to come up with a business plan that will equip them for starting their business. The plan uses the principle of the ladder. That is starting with the first workable goal going up. Within the plan Seed of hope gives the groups machines, three months rent and one year trading license as a start up capital.

In each graduation there were Government leaders, Vision Africa staff, donors, community leaders, Seed of hope board members, parents and teachers who gave the graduates words of encouragements. Here are some of the quotes.

  • Mr. Elisha from the BOO that sponsors Seed of hope Nyamache. He told the graduates that if they want to succeed in business self discipline has to be there, also they need to believe in themselves and say inside their heart that if A can do it why not B.
  • Mrs Deborah Kimathi, Vision Africa Field Director, told them that in order for them to succeed they have to start small and move up one step at a time. She also talked to them about mastered seed or any other seed and the process it goes through until it becomes a very big tree.
  • Madam Mwikali the Seed of Hope Chairlady told the graduates that doing business needs somebody with self confidence she gave an example of Mariam Mohamed a graduate who gave her speech with a lot of confidence.
  • Teacher Margaret read for them a verse from the bible that says that God has good plans for each and every one of us and therefore they should not fear because in everything they do God will always be there.
  • A county representative while giving them a word of encouragement demonstrated with her own dress the kind fashion is in the market. She said she was very impressed by the graduates’ work.
  • A community leader said she was so much impressed and happy because some of the girl who completed the course where from her area. She promised to bring more needy children."

The girls that we work with face a variety of challenges and Teacher Gitau and his colleagues are always on hand to support and advise them as they make the transition from student to employee or business owner. Seed of Hope is sensitive to the girls' circumstances and allows for flexibility, As an example of this, we have an update to our last post on the business that was being set up by Phoebe, Salome and Roselyn. 

Salome's circumstances changed and she had to leave Nairobi to live with her sister in their rural home. This changed the dynamics of their business plan. Then Phoebe and Roselyn were offered places in Seed of Hope's new Incubation Hub which will be set up early next year. The Hub will give additional support to promising graduates as they set up their businesses. Located on site at Seed of Hope, the Hub will offer mentoring, specialised training and work experience for residents. While Roselyn felt that Hub membership is the best option for her, Phoebe decided she wanted to start out on her own immediately. So plans are afoot to ensure that the girls get the support they require to ensure that they all succeed.

Thank you for the support that YOU have given our girls through GlobalGiving. Your contributions have made it possible for us to ensure that every student graduating in 2013 and wishing to join the Roots programme has the opportunity to do so.

Graduates in Kitui
Graduates in Kitui
Dec 2, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks

On behalf of all the staff and students at Seed of Hope, we wish our friends and supporters at Global Giving a Happy Thanksgiving. 

There have been great celebrations over the last few weeks as graduation ceremonies took place to mark the achievements of the students. The speeches from graduating students expressed just how much their training has meant to them. They have not only gained practical vocational skills, they are more confident and have a sense of purpose. 

Members of the local communities expressed their appreciation for the work of Seed of Hope and encouraged the community to make good use of the training offered by the programme.

This week, representatives of all four Seed of Hope centres met in Nairobi. The agenda was to discuss the curriculum and make improvements so that we have an even better year in 2014!

As the school year draws to a close and we look at all that has been achieved we know it would not have been possible without your generosity.

THANK YOU!!!

Graduates in Nairobi
Graduates in Nairobi
Colourful Graduation in Kariti
Colourful Graduation in Kariti
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