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.
Jul 24, 2013

Onwards and Upwards

Tents help education
Tents help education

Things are going well at Kibera Mpira Mtaani. Students at the ECD (Early Childhood Development) Centre are continuing with their learning and the after-school students are still showing up in large numbers to take advantage of the services provided at the centre.

In recent months, KiMMta has been able to extend one of the buildings by adding on another storey. This gives extra space for the ECD students to learn and means that all the after-school students can study in one building rather than being split across two locations.

KiMMta has had a couple of big deliveries in the last week. One was a donation of 142 footballs from Alive and Kicking. Alive and Kicking is a social enterprise based in Nairobi which manufactures hand made footballs which are durable for the surfaces on which many children in Kenya play. Through a partnership with a UK department store, Alive and Kicking was able to donate footballs to charitable organisations and KiMMta received one of the largest donations due to the number of children they connect with in the community of Kibera.

The other big delivery was a 100 seater tent and 100 chairs. These will be hired out and the proceeds will be invested in KiMMta's education programmes....helping them become more self-sustainable.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Kibera Mpira Mtaani's education programme through Global Giving. Your contribution is very much appreciated.

Receiving donation of balls
Receiving donation of balls
Jul 22, 2013

Beans and Cakes

Students with Beans at Nyamwanga
Students with Beans at Nyamwanga

We received some fantastic news from Nyamwanga Primary School recently. Working with the students, they managed to harvest 80kg of beans that had been planted in their shamba (farm) which was started thanks to GlobalGiving donations. This is an amazing 20kg more than their last harvest of beans earlier this year. We are now eagerly waiting to hear how their crop of maize has done.

Another business kick-started by GlobalGiving donations was the bakery at Kandara Children's Home. This is already breaking even and making a small amount of profit. On a daily basis, an average of 400 cakes are being baked and then sold in the local community. Many of the small shops (kiosks known as dukas) are happy to buy the cakes from Kandara Children's Home and then sell them on to their customers. The next stage of developing the business is to find a way of transporting the products a little further afield to areas which don't currently receive deliveries of fresh cakes. This will help expand the market and hopefully increase the profits. An added benefit of this business is that the children at Kandara Children's Home are sometimes treated to cakes when someone choses to buy them to celebrate an occasion such as a birthday!

Our thanks go to everyone who has supported our small businesses through GlobalGiving. Your donations have made a real difference and it is great to see the projects working towards self-sustainability.

Birthday Cakes
Birthday Cakes
Jul 22, 2013

Report Card for Term 2

Kangwetex
Kangwetex

Term 2 has been another good one for Seed of Hope.

Our second year students are very busy at the moment. Some of them have registered to sit their Grade 2 Directorate of Industrial Training exams and will be tested in August. All of the second years are now preparing for their final projects at Seed of Hope. This involves designing and creating outfits for the graduation ceremony. Students in Nairobi have been fortunate this year to have a volunteer from the UK working with them as they go through this process. Esther has helped them use iPads donated by fashion brand ASOS to research different designs. She has also helped them with their sketching and as a model herself, she has given them training in how to walk on the runway and model their outfits.

At our centre in Kitui, the students have been working on a project called Kangwatex. This is a small business to help raise funds for the centre and involves the production of crocheted items including ponchos, blankets and table mats. The students help to produce the items which are then sold in the local community. This gives them practical experience in craft work as well as an example of how to run a business, in preparation for them starting up their own businesses after graduation.

In Nairobi we are looking forward to the relaunch of the Crafted fashion label. Thanks to our partnership with ASOS, a new Business Development Manager has been recruited and will start work next month. By growing the Crafted business, we will have an outlet for products created by our graduates. 

Seed of Hope Centres will close for a holiday in the month of August then it's back to work and preparing for the exciting graduation ceremonies which will take place in October and November.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Seed of Hope through GlobalGiving. We really appreciate all that you have done to give our girls a brighter future.

Sketching Designs
Sketching Designs
Craft Class in Nairobi
Craft Class in Nairobi
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