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

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.

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.

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