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.
May 23, 2016

The Joy of ECD Parents from Nyawanga

Beautiful Smile from Busire
Beautiful Smile from Busire

We are now in the second term of this academic year and Kibera Mpira Mtaani library which is based in Kibera slums has a total of 356 students attending on a daily basis when schools are in session but the numbers increased to 480 during the recent holidays when the secondary students in boarding schools returned home and used the facility to do their homework and compare study notes with their peers from other schools. The number of students who attend Village of Hope After School Library is 50 when schools are in session and 70 over the school holidays while the Mobile Library serves up to 150 students per school visit.

 Apart from the Afterschool Programme, Vision Africa has continued to advocate for quality education through Early Years Education Programme. This provides the young children with a strong foundation for their primary education by developing social, language and numeracy skills through Early Childhood Development Centres which are established in partnership with project partners across the Kenya. The number of children enrolled each year to join baby class across all the 4 centres has increased significantly due to good performance, provision of learning materials and uniforms as well as feeding programmes.

 During a visit to one of the projects in the Western region of the country, we met parents who could not hide their joy after their children received full school uniform thanks to one of Vision Africa’s supporters. The children looked radiant in their new uniforms and to our surprise we met young parents who had enrolled their children the ECD having attended the primary school themselves.

 Vivian is one of the Alumni from Nyamwanga Primary who enrolled her three year old son at Nyamwanga ECD centre the beginning of the year. She had this to say about Vision Africa.

“I am humbled because today my son is a beneficiary of Vision Africa just like I was 10 years ago. Before Vision Africa came to support this school, many of us students had tattered school uniforms, walked barefooted and had to either carry lunch or remain hungry. But since the time Vision Africa came to this place, everything changed and even the school performance improved.I decided to bring my son here because I know the school has the support of Vision Africa and our children will have quality education. I would like to thank Vision Africa and all those who support them for giving our children full school uniform, text books and good meals so that they can enjoy learning. May God bless the good work you have been doing to give a child a future.”

 We also spoke to a grandmother who is taking care of her three grandchildren after their parents passed on and she said. “My grandchildren never came to school with uniform because I am too old to work and I cannot afford this luxury since I depend on other people to cater for our needs though I want them to get education. Today I am the happiest person because my grandchildren have school uniform and they get for breakfast and food at lunch time. I only have to look for what they can eat in the evening. Let me say a big thank you to Vision Africa and all the sponsors who are supporting this school. I do not know what I would have done without your support God bless you immensely”

 If you ever wonder about the impact of supporting education, please check out this video of a young man who has been supported through our work. https://youtu.be/9Bw5dzeODkc

 Thank you for supporting the education of children in Kenya by contributing to this project.

Thank you for the writing materials
Thank you for the writing materials
Vivian and her Son
Vivian and her Son
Nyawanga ECD Children with Parents and Guardians
Nyawanga ECD Children with Parents and Guardians
May 19, 2016

A Life Transformed By Seed of Hope

Giving can be done in many ways.

Although we are extremely grateful for all the financial donations we receive, there are other ways in which people can support our work. Recently, a film-maker in Nairobi offered to make a professional promo video for our organisation, Vision Africa, at no cost. This is an extremely valuable resource and we are so excited that he has now offered to make another video focussing on our Seed of Hope programme.

In the meantime, we couldn't wait until next quarter to share this footage he shot which shows how Seed of Hope has transformed Naomi's life.

Please take two minutes to check out her story https://youtu.be/9oa53z-qudI

By supporting Seed of Hope through GlobalGiving you have given hundreds more girls like Naomi a chance to transform their lives and break the cycle of poverty for their family.

On behalf of each and every one of those girls...THANK YOU!

We are making good progress in fundraising for this year's budget to continue training the girls who are currently enrolled however we still have some way to go to reach our target. If you are touched by the impact that Seed of Hope has made on Naomi's life, please consider making a donation via GlobalGiving on Wednesday June 15th when all donations to this project will be matched with 50% while bonus funds last.

May 10, 2016

Participation of Seed of Hope Girls in Project Activities

Beautiful Girls From Kitui
Beautiful Girls From Kitui

Seed of Hope Centre will soon be counted as one of the best vocational institutions in Kenya. This can be attributed by the quality of courses being offered, resources available and the increased number of girls being enrolled each year to undertake different training courses across the four centres. In 2016 the number of girls who enrolled in various courses has increased from 191 in 2015 to 236. Previously there have been challenges within our communities in giving girls equal opportunities in education but the Seed of Hope community outreach has resulted in parents now determined to release their girls to our centres to acquire skills as they are now aware about the programs and the positive impact it has brought in their community.

Seed of Hope has continued to empower the young girls through its program by giving them hope, dignity and the opportunity to have a better life in future. There are positive impacts that have been seen throughout the years from the time that Seed of Hope centres were established and the courses being offered have benefited many who came in with only the primary school certificate but after going through the training, they not only graduate with a certificateheir course of study but they learn other skills such as business enterprise, life skills. The establishment of empowerment clubs has enabled the girls to develop their confidence and equips them with knowledge that will ensure they have equal opportunity in all aspects of life. Through mentorship, the girls are taught to stand for what is right and to believe in themselves so that they can face any challenges that come their way as they complete their courses and either start their business or join the job market.

Vision Africa has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals and has not only integrated these goals to fit in its vision 'to give a child a future' but ensured that Seed of Hope centres work towards achieving these goals so that the girls who join their program are empowered to participate at all level of decision making in political, economic and social life. There are several ways through which the girls are being empowered. One is through the Amuka Program which is two week program that is  designed to help the newly enrolled students develop self-awareness, build their self-confidence and helps them to explore their purpose whilst developing core values.  There is also the Empowerment club sessions where by the girls learnifferent topic each month from different facilitators but also meet some of the successful young entrepreneurs who become their mentors. In the month of February, a group of actors from a local comedy aired in one of Kenya's TV stations visited the Nairobi Seed of Hope. They spoke to the girls about nurturing of talents and how they can combine both the skills they have acquired from Seed of Hope and the special talents they have to earn a living and become independent. The girls were also encouraged to invest in profitable business by making sure that their business plans attract any investors but also enables them to benefit from the National Youth Fund that is being offered to young entrepreneurs.

 Last but not the least, the girls had the opportunity to engage in beneficiary participation training whereby they learned about their role as beneficiaries in making decisions, contributions, giving ideas of how to improve the project. Many of them shared their sentiments after the training. Eunice a first year Student in Hair Dressing and beauty in Seed of Hope Kitui had this to say after the training “I have always wanted to share some ideas of how to make our course more interesting but I never had the courage to tell the teacher because I was not sure she will agree but today I have learned that it is importance for me to contribute in this project because the decisions that are made to improve the project that affect both me and my fellow students.”

Everline a Second year student from Nairobi had this to say “This training would not have come at a better time than this. I have always thought that it is only the teachers who are supposed make decisions regarding the courses being offered, feeding program and other activities that take place here at Seed of Hope. I am glad to know that my voice too can be heard if I share my concern with the Administration at Seed of Hope”

Apart from the beneficiary participation training, the girls formed a beneficiary council called Vision Africa Young Leaders Council. This council acts as representative body through which the girls in all the four centres become involved in the affairs of the project, working in partnership with management board and staff for the benefit of all parties involved within Seed of Hope. The Council also helps to share beneficiaries’ ideas, interests, and concerns with the administration as well as Vision Africa team. We are looking forward to more engagement with the girls as their opinion counts regarding the improvement and development of Seed of Hope.

The girls took their participation a notch higher as they played an important role during the fundraising campaign called ‘Haba na Haba’ in support of quality education and training for all children and youth who are supported through Vision Africa. The campaign is ongoing and each Seed of Hope Centre is carrying out its fundraising events to achieve their set targets. 

We believe that these girls have the potential to become independent and have a brighter future. They also have potential to raise the living standards of their families and create positive impact wherever they go. We believe that through their participation in project activities, Seed of Hope will continue to grow from strength to strength and reach out to many young girls who have equal opportunity to improve their lives through quality education and training. We thank everyone who has continued to support the work at Seed of Hope because it is through your generous giving that this program had significant impacthe lives of many girls who were once hopeless.  

Neddy a first year student from Seed of Hope Kisii had this to say to: “I thank everyone who has been supporting this program because Seed of Hope has helped me to realize the real potential in me and I can make a difference from the life I lived yesterday. I now realize that the skills I have acquired is a gift in my hand which will bring the Impact of Seed of Hope in my community”

Teacher Jane giving instructions to Wahu
Teacher Jane giving instructions to Wahu
Learning Through Practical Experience
Learning Through Practical Experience
Nancy a first year student at work
Nancy a first year student at work
 
   

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