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.
Aug 6, 2013

Perfect Dressmaking

Phoebe Designing Graduation Outfit
Phoebe Designing Graduation Outfit

Graduation season is fast approaching for our four Seed of Hope centres. Although they are officially due to close at the end of this week for holidays, many of the second year students will be preparing for their Grade 2 Directorate of Industrial Training exams. After that, there is the final project to complete and then after graduation it will be time to set up their small businesses.

We thought it would be interesting to follow some of the students on this journey as they prepare to leave Seed of Hope and head out to start their own business.

Roselyn (18), Phoebe (18) and Salome (19) are second year students at our Nairobi centre. They are planning to open their business, “Perfect Dressmaking and Craft Shop”, in Kenyatta Market near Kibera. The girls were asked what difference they think the business will make to their lives. Salome was very quick to reply “It will help us be independent!” Phoebe and Roselyn are both looking forward to being able to help themselves and their families. They have younger siblings and would like to help ensure they get a good education.

The girls feel that they have learned a lot at Seed of Hope which will help them with their business. As well as the practical dressmaking and craft skills, they say their business skills will also help. “We’ve learned about market research, how to market our business, how to keep records and how to have a good relationship with customers. Our teachers are really encouraging us and so are our parents.”

Over the next few weeks, the second year students will be working on the designs for their final project. This involves designing and creating an outfit for their graduation ceremony. This year, the Nairobi students have been able to do a lot of research working with our volunteer, Esther, who is visiting from the UK. An exciting partnership with the ASOS Foundation means that the students have had access to iPads with internet access so Esther has been teaching them how to look up various fashion websites and then use the inspiration to create their own unique designs. They have also been looking at fashion magazines and Salome says the inspiration for her dress came from an actress on a Mexican soap opera she has been watching!

We asked Roselyn, Phoebe and Salome if they had any message for the people who will be supporting them and providing some of the capital to start up their small businesses. They said “Thank you for your support and we promise to be good girls and work hard in our business. May God bless you.” They are very excited about opening their business and say that in the future “it will grow if we put a lot of effort in.”

We look forward to following these girls through their graduation and on to the next phase of their journey towards independence.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project via GlobalGiving. Thanks to you Phoebe, Roselyn, Salome and many more graduates from Seed of Hope face a brighter future.

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Phoebe, Roselyn and Salome
Phoebe, Roselyn and Salome
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

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