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

Looking Back and Forward

Home Care Management Students
Home Care Management Students

With over 1,000 graduates from the Seed of Hope programme, we decided it was time to do another impact assessment to see how the girls are doing and whether or not their lives have been changed.

Over 200 girls were interviewed from all four of our centres in Kisii, Kitui, Muranga and Nairobi including recent graduates and those who have graduated over the last ten years. The results were very encouraging. We are still waiting for the full report but some highlights include:

68% were idle at home before joining Seed of Hope

79.3% are now employed or self-employed (69% of these are in line with the coursework at Seed of Hope)

93% struggled with access to education

78.9% say greatest achievement is starting a business, getting a job or going back to school

96.5% say they have been empowered

69% are supporting their family (on average those supporting family support 3 family members)

These figures are very encouraging and we will now take time to see how we can use this research to improve the Seed of Hope programme.

One of the things that a number of the earlier graduates recommended was diversifying the vocational training courses on offer. We have already done this at some centres with the introduction of Hair and Beauty Therapy courses and Basic Computer Training. At our Nairobi centre, we have recently added Home Care Management to the syllabus. This is a shorter course at just six months but will give students the knowledge and skills required to obtain employment as home helps or in the catering and hospitality industry. Part of the course will be to empower students to know their rights as employees as well as what will be expected of them in the world of work.

The first group of students are enjoying the course and working very hard. Their studies include lessons on child care, practical cookery, first aid, nutrition and how to clean and manage a home. They have taken on the Seed of Hope building as their home and the staff and students are enjoying an improved environment as well as some delicious food.

We look forward to introducing new courses at some of our other centres to widen the choices available to youths who are unable to access secondary education.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Seed of Hope through Global Giving. Your donations are very much appreciated by all involved in the programme.

Jan 25, 2013

Opening for Business

Class of 2012 Nairobi
Class of 2012 Nairobi

In November, Seed of Hope reached the milestone of 1,000 girls graduating from the programme. We have already seen many of these girls go on to set up their own small businesses which have transformed their lives.

The staff at our four Seed of Hope centres are now in the process of working with the new graduates and their families to get their businesses up and running. The aim is to lay good foundations for each business so that it can grow over time. The graduates have been choosing who they will go into partnership with and working on their business plans. They then have to find a shop which can be rented before we can organise a trading licence and sewing machine. Their families also have to decide who will contribute the tables, stools, scissors, mirror, iron and other essential items.

Since the start of the year, our centres in Kisii and Kitui have each seen five businesses established. Kariti Seed of Hope has one business up and running. Work is underway to grow these numbers in the coming weeks as the graduates find business premises and their families settle on their contributions.

Thanks to everyone who has supported our Roots programme through Global Giving. You have helped ensure that our girls can have Dignity, Hope and Opportunity as they move in to the next exciting chapter of their lives.

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Jan 17, 2013

End of Year Exams and New Year Begins

The end of last year was a busy time for Kibera Mpira Mtaani (KiMMta). This is the time of year when students at the end of their primary school education sit their final exams. The KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) results determine if students will be offered a place in secondary school and what level of school (National, Provisional, District) they are invited to join.

In 2012, KiMMta had sixty candidates for KCPE. This is where the after-school tuition plays a vital role as students are supported in their studies and have access to the all-important text books that can help them. With the extra tuition, students have a better chance of performing well and getting offered places at secondary schools than those who rely on the informal education offered in non-government schools.

Last year, KiMMta had around 200 students in schools throughout the country with about 150 of these being at boarding schools. 25 of their students sat their final secondary school exams (KCSE) last year and are awaiting their results along with the 60 KCPE students.

The ECD (Early Childhood Development) centre set up in the last term of 2012 is doing well. Sixty students are enrolled and have returned after their Christmas break. In 2013, the committee in charge of this project is looking to set up one or two income generating activities to make the programme sustainable in the future.

Thanks to all our friends at GlobalGiving who have supported KiMMta in their education programme. We look forward to 2013 being another great year.

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