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.
Nov 21, 2013

Thank You for Your Support

Thank you for supporting our projects in their steps toward sustainability.

Through your efforts we were able to help Kandara Children’s Home and Nyamwanga Primary School with a variety of incoming generating activities (IGAs).

Sustainability remains a key focus for Vision Africa and all of our partner projects. We have decided to deactivate this project while we go through a review of all the IGAs that our partner projects are currently operating.  We want each project to find the most efficient and profitable way to run their IGAs and streamline them by encouraging the sharing of knowledge and equipment.

You can continue to follow our work on Facebook or Twitter or check out some of our other projects on GlobalGiving such as Seed of Hope and the St Andrews Baby Unit.

Thank you once again for being part of our team.

Oct 21, 2013

KiMMta Nursery - One Year On

Maths Lesson
Maths Lesson

One year ago, thanks to funding from Vision Africa in association with the Souter Charitable Trust, Kibera Mpira Mtaani (KiMMta) opened their doors to the first sixty students at their ECD centre. Early Childhood Development is key to preparing children for primary education and KiMMta wanted to give young children in their community a strong foundation on which to build.

When we visited the project shortly after it had opened, the teachers had their hands full as many of the children had never attended school before and were being separated from their parents for the first time. A lot of time was spent developing social skills which would mould the young students and create an environment in which they could learn.

The teachers have worked very hard over the last year and the results are impressive!

This week when we visited, there was a feeling of calm as we walked in to the first class. The youngest students were busy learning and had the confidence to play teacher and stand in front of the blackboard and talk to their classmates. The children followed instructions and when the arrival of visitors caused some excitement, the teachers had a short routine about listening which quickly got the students’ attention and brought their focus back to their work.

Moving up to the new classroom which has been built upstairs, the older students were working hard on a maths lesson. One of the great things about this lesson was that the teacher had incorporated learning resources brought by our visitors from Thorntree Primary School in Glasgow. The Glasgow teachers had trained staff in alternative teaching methods which explained lessons in a variety of ways rather than the traditional method of simply writing the information on a blackboard.

In this classroom we were told that nine of the students have made such good progress they will be transferring to primary schools in the new school year which begins in January. Two of these students have secured places at the government run Olympic Primary School which. Places here are in high demand and students have to sit an entry test to compete for a place so we are delighted that some of KiMMta’s first students have succeeded and will be joining this school.

While we were visiting the centre, morning porridge was served. It’s clear to see that the children enjoy this nutritious morning snack which is followed by a healthy lunch. The feeding programme is a valuable part of KiMMta’s education programme.

It was wonderful to see the progress that this project has made in just one year. Thanks to our friends who have provided ongoing support to KiMMta through GlobalGiving. Your contributions are very much appreciated.

Happy in Class
Happy in Class
Little Learners
Little Learners
Oct 2, 2013

Be The Spark for the Baby Unit

Ann Looking Great
Ann Looking Great

Things are going well at the St Andrews Baby Unit with twelve infants currently under the care of Mother Lucy and her time.

The children are all making good progress. Ann has started attending the Baby Class in the nursery school set up by Vision Africa in the grounds of Kandara Children's Home where the Baby Unit is also located. When I went to look for a photo of Ann to attach to this report, I came across the picture we posted here when she had just arrived - malnourished and underdeveloped. See for yourself the difference between that and the most recent picture I found of Ann.....and you will know your donations have been part of something great!

Little Cecilia has started walking on her own and will soon be followed by Moses and John who have started crawling. One of the biggest achievements of the last few weeks is that John Bosco is now standing up.

John joined the unit when he was just a few weeks old. His mother felt unable to take care of him so she went to a clinic near her home which was run by sisters. She walked in to the waiting room and asked a lady to hold her baby and said she would be back in a few minutes....but she never came back. Doing what she thought was best for her child, she left him in a safe place where she knew they would take care of him. The clinic took John to the local authorities who placed him at the St Andrews Baby Unit. 

John's development has been very delayed and when we had a group of physiotherapists visiting from the UK last year, they spent time working with him and developing a programme of exercises to strengthen his legs. After months of extensive therapy, the team is delighted that John is now bearing weight and hope that he will be encouraged by Cecilia taking her first steps and will soon be walking about by himself.

Thanks to all our friends at GlobalGiving who have supported John, Cecilia and all the other little ones at the St Andrews Baby Unit. 

This year, we have been running a campaign called Be The Spark. This asks everyone to find a way to support our work....using their time money or skills. We are looking for staff to improve their projects, local communities to assist and all of our friends to do one thing to help. 

Wednesday the 9th October is GlobalGiving's Bonus Day for Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Donations made that day will be matched with 30% until the matching fund of $25,000 is exhausted.

Can you Be The Spark? Tell a friend about the GlobalGiving Bonus Day and ask them to donate on 9th October to make a BIG difference to the lives of our little ones.

Ann When She Arrived
Ann When She Arrived

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