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 10, 2016

A Beautiful Day At The St. Andrews Baby Unit

Baby Baraka
Baby Baraka

Vision Africa believes that every child has a right to be raised in a family regardless of the circumstances the family is facing. This is because family plays important role in the development stages in a child’s life from the time they are born. The relationship formed, bonding and identity is created when a child lives with his/her family.t. Andrews Baby Unit has been a home for more than forty children since it was founded in 2008. The main reason for setting up this unit was to accommodate babies and toddler by providing them with shelter, protection, love, care and other basic needs so that they can grow up in a holistic environment far from the harsh situations they were found. These children wererought to St Andrews Baby Unit due to ariety of circumstances. Some have been orphaned; others abandoned, rescued from situations of neglect or their mothers are unable to provide care for them.

Currently there are 14 children of whom 4 are now attending the nearby Early Childhood Education & Development Centre (ECED). Blessing and John joined Cecilia and Bedan in attending nursery school in the morning and go back to Baby Unit for break time snacks and lunch. All the children are making good progress with Fidelis walking on her own while Baraka who is the youngest of them all is using the support of plastic chair to walk around the house.

I was overwhelmed with joy in my recent visit when all the babies ran up to me for hugs calling me aunty! How I wished at that time I had more than two hands to carry them all. Any visitor who visits the Baby Unit always comes out happy since the children are healthy and developing well under the care of the house mothers who have really given their all in ensuring that these children receive the best care they deserve. What amazed me during my visit is the love that was demonstrated between the children and the house mothers as well as some of their pre-school teachers who had paid them a visit. I believe the children were super excited that day. Bedan who has always been quiet and not sociable especially to people he doesn’t know was jumping with excitement calling out to his teachers and playing with some of the other children. He even came to me for a hug and asked to have his photo taken which has never been the case. I asked Florence one of the house mothers how this transformation came to be and this is what she said “Since Bedan joined pre-school, his social interaction has greatly improved because he has become playful, cheerful and even support the little ones who are learning to walk.”

As I had my time with the children, I noticed a boy who was sitting on his own at the corner just looking at the commotion in the playing room. I wanted to know why he does not want to join the rest of the children while playing and this is the story from the house mother. The baby’s name is John. He was brought in while at 10 months together with his brother Ian who was by then 4 years. The two children were abandoned by their mother and were in the care of their elderly grandmother who was unwell and had no capacity to look after them. The children were infested by jiggers and had become malnourished hence the neighbours became concerned and reported to the area Chief who contacted the Children Officer and they were placed under the care of the St. Andrews Baby Unit.

John is now two years old but has delayed in achieving his development milestonessince he lacked proper care after birth and also suffered from jiggers. His legs are weak which cannot support the rest of his body to stand properly or walk. According to the house mother, when the two siblings came, the first thing was to seek medical treatment for both to treat jigger, get vitamin supplements and doctor’s advice how to maintain their health. Apart from hospital treatment, John had to be taken outside every morning to bask in the sun and also have his legs massaged since there were signs of getting rickets. He is now able to make little steps using the plastic chair as a walker and other children are encouraging him to walk by holding his hands whenever he gets up on his own. The house mothers believe that he will soon walk and join other playmates in their games.

Other news is that the mother to Lewis and Fidelis who had been jailed for some time came to visit her children after she was released from prison. The two children together with their older siblings were brought in to Kandara Children’s home after it emerged that they had been neglected and abused by their father. The mother has to go through a rehabilitation program so as to be re-integrated back into the society and establish herself before she is allowed to take the children back. The baby unit has allowed the mother to visit the children once a month so that they can bond.

We would like to thank you for supporting all the children under the care of St Andrews Baby Unit.  We acknowledge that your contribution towards the Baby Unit has brought hope and assurance to these innocent little ones and the smiles in their faces is a clear indication of their hope for a better life.

 

Fidelis saying goodbye
Fidelis saying goodbye
John
John
Beautiful Girls
Beautiful Girls
Dec 30, 2015

137 Girls' Lives Changed in 2015

Nairobi Graduates with Teacher
Nairobi Graduates with Teacher

Seed of Hope has gone from strength to strength in 2015.

This year saw 137 girls graduate in 3 vocational skills across the 4 Seed of Hope centres.

  • 21 students graduated in Home Care Management (catering, hospitality, childcare, managing a home, laundry etc)
  • 46 students graduated in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • 57 students graduated in Dressmaking and Fashion Design

The Home Care Management and Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy courses are one year and the Dressmaking takes two years to complete. All of these are complemented with lessons in lifeskills and enterprise skills so that graduates are equipped to pursue employment or self-employment.

In 2015, the introduction of an "Amuka" (rise up) programme and Empowerment Clubs worked on developing the confidence of students and equipping them with knowledge in areas such as rights and justice, healthy relationships and financial planning. All of this helps build well-rounded individuals who are capable of living independently and finding their way in the world. At the graduation ceremony in Nairobi, both graduating student Florence and first year Beverlyne spoke passionately about how these two programmes had helped them get even more out of their time at Seed of Hope because they had confidence and self-belief that they deserved to improve their lives.

In Kitui Seed of Hope, it was a former graduate who had everyone hanging on her words. During the graduation ceremony, a call was given for any former pupils of the school to stand up and give a word of encouragement. A couple of young ladies in the crowd stood up and wished the graduating students good luck. Then…much to our surprise, the lady sitting beside the pastor at the top table stood up. She introduced herself as Emily, a former student of the school. She then gave a motivational speech which was referred to by those who spoke after her. She encouraged the young girls not to rush into marriage when they graduated and to tell anyone interested in them that they should just wait. She advised that hard work is needed in order to succeed but that success is possible. Her husband then proudly stood beside her and said “She is my wife. Every morning when we take bread we give thanks for Seed of Hope because what we are eating is because of what was imparted in her here.” This was a great example of how graduates of Seed of Hope can go on to provide for their families.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Seed of Hope in 2015 and helped ensure that lives have been changed.

We wish you all a prosperous New Year.

Kitui Hair and Beauty Demo
Kitui Hair and Beauty Demo
Dec 28, 2015

Season's Greetings from the St Andrews Baby Unit

Emmanuel
Emmanuel

Season's Greetings from the St Andrews Baby Unit. We hope you have had a very Merry Christmas.

There was no Angel in the Baby Unit this Christmas. As we mentioned in our last report, little Angel found an adoptive family and we were delighted that she joined them in time for Christmas. After spending time with her at the unit, her new parents and older sisters took her home and we wish them a lifetime of happiness together.

For Emmanuel there were very happy times on Christmas Eve as he celebrated his fifth birthday. Emmanuel was brought in at about two weeks old. Born to a young girl who was an orphan herself with no family to support her, he was a tiny little baby. He suffered badly from reflux and struggled to gain any weight. One day, a supporter from the UK visited the unit and made the suggestion that his formula should be doubled by adding extra feeds so that he retained some of the calories and nutrients. She then offered to fund the additional formula. Emmanuel went from strength to strength and once he was eventually weaned he started to get on track with his health and weight gain. For his birthday, the lady who had supported him sent funds so that he could have a cake and fruits to celebrate and share with all the other children. He was overwhelmed and loved his little party!

Another group of supporters gave cause for celebration when they provided new toys in time for Christmas. There were tricycles, a rocking snail and shape sorters...all of which were immediately put to use as the children were excited to have them.

So all in all, it has been a great Christmas at the St Andrews Baby Unit. We give thanks to all our supporters through Global Giving for ensuring that the unit has stayed open another year and has helped so many young children.

We wish all our supporters a proseperous New Year.

Happy Face
Happy Face
 
   

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