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 25, 2016

Irene's Confidence of a Bright Future

Business partners Anne, Monicah,Shakira and Hannah
Business partners Anne, Monicah,Shakira and Hannah

Fridah was among the first graduates in Home Care Management at Nairobi Seed of Hope. When she recently came to visit our offices, we couldn’t believe the transformation. Instead of the student we were used to seeing, in walked a confident young lady proudly telling us about the work she is now doing at a large restaurant. She is independent and able to provide for herself and family who are in the village. This is exactly what we want for every graduate of Seed of Hope.

Sitting beside Fridah at a recent meeting of Seed of Hope alumni were three young ladies Monica, Anne and Hanna who graduated from the same course just last year. Although one of the girls named Shakira was not among them during the alumni meeting, each of the girls shared that they are working, building up their experience before they start a business together. Through one of our supporters, they have been bought an oven as part of our Roots programme to help them set up their own business. Their training in enterprise skills has helped them to prepare their business plan and they are ready to put all their training in to practice!

Irene is a second year student in the Fabric and Fashion Design Course. She touched the hearts of a group of American visitors recently when she told them that before starting at Seed of Hope “I felt useless because people discriminated against me because of my low level of education.” Irene went on to explain how the life skills she has learned at Seed of Hope have really boosted her self-esteem and made her value herself. This is so important because as a young mother of two, Irene is a role model to her children and can use the life skills she has learned to ensure they grow up as confident individuals. That’s the great thing about Seed of Hope – it doesn’t just impact the students who are enrolled at the centres. There are ripple effects that ensure many more lives are touched.

Irene is one of a group of students using the August holiday period to work on her final project for Seed of Hope – designing and producing one outfit for a model and one outfit for herself. These will be on show at the graduation at the end of the final term. Irene then hopes to go on an industrial attachment for three months before setting up her own business. And what is great is that with the vocational, enterprise and life skills training that she has received at Seed of Hope, Irene believes that this will happen. She has confidence that she can make it happen!

Irene, Fridah and the group of Homecare students would not have been able to study and transform their lives without the help we receive through Global Giving. Every donation received contributes to the success of Seed of Hope and ensures the programme continues to run and to give girls Dignity, Opportunity and Hope.

Thank you for being part of the team making a difference to the lives of young girls in Kenya.

Irene designing her Graduation Gown
Irene designing her Graduation Gown
Fridah
Fridah
Aug 24, 2016

Successful Events At the End of Second Term

Rewarding pupils at the end of term
Rewarding pupils at the end of term

 The second term ended on a high for students at our partner ECDE (Early Childhood Development and Education Centres) as they had the closing ceremony where by the best performing and most improved students were rewarded with gifts to motivate them and their peers to put more effort in their class work.

According to teacher Caroline of Nyamwanga, the school management and parents commended Vision Africa during their celebration for the commitment in supporting the ECD centre since their children are the well dressed, healthy and have both reading and learning materials that many schools around the village do not have.The only concern the teachers have had to deal with is the increased number of application from new parents who wish to transfer their children from other schools in the middle of the term. The school management has taken measures to ensure that the teachers give priority to vulnerable children who are orphaned and left in the care of an old grandparent or guardian who struggles to provide basic needs to these children.

 Kibera Mpira Mtaani ECED closed the school in style as the children were taken out on a trip to the Nairobi National Park to see and learn about the wild animals. The trip was organized as part of educational tours for the young minds to get the exposure of learning out of classroom while enjoying the beauty of nature within the city.

Teachers from Nyamwanga and Kibera Mpira Mtaani joined with some of their peers for a workshop hosted by Vision Africa. The training was carried out by two teachers, Ann and Pamela who spent a week in the UK learning new teaching methods. The workshop was a great success with everyone learning new skills they can implement to improve the quality of education they offered their ECD students.

At Kibera Mpira Mtaani (KiMMta) library, the after school programme continued when the schools closed to allow the student to revise their school exams and complete their homework. During this holiday, the management of the both KiMMta and Village of Hope after school programmes decided to engage the students in different activities other than having the normal learning. The football club took the boys out on a camp where they are participating in football tournaments with club teams from other slums within Nairobi.

In addition to this, Vision Africa prepared a three day Amuka program for all teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18. ‘Amuka’ which is a Swahili word that means Rise Up aims to build self-esteem,give the young people the self-confidence, skills and values they need to help them rise up from the circumstances they are in. Johana a 13 year old boy from Kibera had this to say “The Amuka program has boosted my confidence and self-esteem. I was very shy and believed that everybody looked down on me because of my family situation. I would not stand to speak before my class mate or even join in their game because I never liked when other children laugh at me but through the lessons I learned, I believe my fears are gone and I can face any kind of challenge that comes my way.”

 These children and young people are the change makers of tomorrow and it is our duty to make their dreams come true. Thank you for supporting the education of children in Kenya by contributing to this project.

Kibera Mpira Mtaani ECD Kids on Tour
Kibera Mpira Mtaani ECD Kids on Tour
ECD Teachers
ECD Teachers' Training
The Amuka Program In Kibera
The Amuka Program In Kibera
Aug 11, 2016

The Future of Blessing and other Children At The St.Andrews Baby Unit!

Cecilia and Emmanuel
Cecilia and Emmanuel

Vision Africa believes that children have the same value as adults. They have a right to live in a safe and child sensitive community and it is our responsibility as adults to ensure that they access holistic development and attain their full potential. For this reasons St. Andrews Baby Unit will continue to shelter and protect these children before they are taken up for either adoption or foster care. Vision Africa through its vulnerable child support program is also looking in to ways where by children placed under institutional care are able to reunite with families or placed in an alternative care through deinstitutionalization process.  Since 2007 when St. Andrews Baby Unit was establishment only 7 children have been taken up for adoption and 2 others are in foster care because their families could not be traced. But for those who were rescued from parental negligence or being orphaned, their families have been traced and they are being encouraged to visit the baby unit to ensure that they get the opportunity bond with the children like in the case of Blessing.

Blessing was brought in at St. Andrews Baby Unit at 14 months. She and her older brother Dickson who is at the main home were rescued by a children’s officer from the neighbouring village. The children were neglected by their mother who is an orphan and at the same time underage.  Their mother was a very bright student but due to lack of support for school fees, she was in and out of school as she had to involve in casual work so as to make end meets. It was at this vulnerable situation that Blessing’s mother was exploited by men who took advantage of her situation with promise of supporting her quest for education hence she became pregnant twice. According to the children officer who brought the children to Kandara Children’s Home, the mother was only sixteen when she had Blessing but she had no source of income to support herself and her children hence many are the times that she would leave her children on their own to go out and look for odd jobs to be able to feed them. This became a concern to a social worker who reported to the children’s officer. After listening to her story, the children’s officer took the children to the Kandara Children’s Home. The mother got sponsorship to continue with her education and she remains with one year to complete her high school education. During the school holidays Blessing mother comes to visit her children so as to maintain the bond as she desires to take her children back once she completes her schooling and secure a stable job.

Other news is that the number of children at the baby unit has dropped from 14 to 8. This is after six of them came of age where by they are moved to the main home. It is hard to believe that most of these children who were brought in at the baby unit while few months old have grown so much in the last few years and are now attending pre-school.  Emmanuel, Derrick, Fidelis, Cecilia, Bedan and Pricilla are now living with their siblings in the main home.  Blessing, Lewis and John have turned three and they too have joined the 6 children in pre-school whereby they attend baby class in the morning and go back to Baby Unit for break time snacks and lunch.

All the children are making good progress with Fidelis making baby conversation with house mothers while Baraka is now making baby steps on his own. We at Vision Africa appreciate your continuous support in making St Andrews Baby Unit a safe haven. We hope you find this partnership valuable and worthwhile because these children who were once in vulnerable circumstances have a home where they get the love, care and attention they desperately needed in order to grow and achieve their development milestone. We also give credit to our dedicated house mothers whom the children refer to as ‘maito’ in the local language which is a honourable name for a mother.

John and Lewis in School Uniform
John and Lewis in School Uniform
Baby Blessing
Baby Blessing
 
   

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