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 24, 2013

Back in Business!

Baker in Training
Baker in Training

The bakery at Kandara Children's Home has been idle for a number of years. It had been a thriving business with cakes being sold in neighbouring shopping centres to provide income to the home. However, this stopped when the baker unfortunately passed away.

Thanks to donations via Global Giving, the bakery has been given a new lease of life. The oven and baking tins were all scrubbed and cleaned and the fire was set to get things started. When we visited the home, one of the young men who recently finished his secondary school studies was being trained how to make cakes.The small cakes are already being sold locally with the plan to repair a disused motorbike so that they can reach new markets which are not as well supplied as the main shopping centres. 

The children at Kandara Children's Home were treated to the first test batch and were then bought a cake each for breakfast to celebrate the birthday of one of our supporters. This is a great way for us to treat the children while the home gets the second benefit of the additional income.

We are happy to report that Nyamwanga Primary School in western Kenya has planted for a second season. They started farming last year thanks to donations through Global Giving. This was so successful that they are keen to see what this season can produce. As the rainy season is here, planting has been done and we look forward to a good harvest later in the year.

Thanks to everyone who has helped these projects on the path to sustainability. We really do appreciate your support!

The oven
The oven
Apr 24, 2013

Teachers and Students

Students in Nursery School
Students in Nursery School

The first term of 2013 is off to a good start for Kibera Mpira Mtaani. In our last report, we mentioned that students were awaiting their results from their primary school exams. We are happy to report that the students performed very well with the vast majority passing and many receiving high grades.

One young student, James, scored 392 (out of 500) and was the top performer in Kibera Mpira Mtaani's programme. James was rewarded with a scholarship from a joint programme run by Kenya's Equity Bank in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation. This will allow him to complete his secondary education without the stress of finding school fees.

Through Vision Africa's fundraising, another 5 students will be able to complete their first year of secondary education as funds are sought for their following three years.

The excellent performance of the students at Kibera Mpira Mtaani (KiMMta) is partly due to the team of volunteer teachers who help them with their studies. These volunteers, along with the teachers from KiMMta's nursery school recently underwent two days of training from a team of teachers from the UK. The 7 teachers from Glasgow had fundraised for resources for our education projects and came over to demonstrate them and to do training sessions on child development, learning styles and various other topics. The KiMMta teachers were very enthusiastic and keen to learn new ways of teaching their students, mentoring and giving them the best possible chance of scoring well in their exams.

We look forward to seeing how this impacts on the results for 2013!

Thank you to all those who have supported this project through Global Giving. Your contributions help ensure this project can reach out to over 400 children and youths on a daily basis. In 2013, we hope to see a football tournament taking place which will benefit a large number of youths from the wider community of Kibera.

Teachers in Training
Teachers in Training
Apr 24, 2013

Meet Winnie and Rosebella

Winnie With Customers
Winnie With Customers

Over the last few weeks, I have spent time with two of Seed of Hope's graduates who are running their own businesses. Their experiences show how young ladies' lives can be changed through an investment in a small business.

We had a team of teachers visiting from the UK to volunteer at some of our projects. As part of their introduction to our work, we took them to visit Winnie at her business in Kibera. Winnie was living with her sister when she was at Seed of Hope. Her sister had a small child and they were all in a one-roomed house, struggling for survival. Winnie would walk for two hours to get to school each day and at that time there was no feeding programme and her sister couldn't afford to send her with lunch so she survived her walk to school, full day of studies and walk home with nothing to eat. Winnie was determined to make her life better.

After graduating, Winnie was supported to set up in business with two other graduates but the other girls decided to go their own way - one getting employed and the other setting up shop on her own in another part of Nairobi. Winnie continued to run the business and has now been supporting herself for two years. When we visited her, she told us that she now rents her own house, runs the business and manages to send money to her mother to support her and another younger sibling who live upcountry. There was definitely pride in Winnie's voice as she told this story. The first group of visitors were more than happy to buy some of her products. By the time we went with a second group the following day, Winnie had already used some of the proceeds to buy fabric and make more bags to sell to our visitors. Clearly those lessons in marketing and business paid off!

Another of our graduates, Rosebella, has kept up her studies since leaving Seed of Hope. One of the first girls to graduate, Rosebella struggled to get her business off the ground but once she got started there was no stopping her. She decided that she wanted to do a Diploma in Fashion Design but no college would accept her as she hadn't completed her secondary education. Undetered, Rosebella used her business to fund herself through her secondary school exams. When I met her a few weeks ago, she was on her way to college to start her course in Fashion Design having passed her secondary school exams and enrolled to do the course of her dreams. Depsite all the studies, Rosebella has maintained her business and even grown it through loans from KIVA. 

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this project on Global Giving to give more young ladies the opportunity to be independent and successful like Winnie and Rosebella. With your support, lives are being changed.

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