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.
Oct 4, 2011

Food for Thought

Graduations are just around the corner for our four Seed of Hope centres. Over the next couple of months, students will be working on their final projects and preparing to put in to practice the skills they have learnt in their two years at Seed of Hope. We look forward to posting pictures of their outfits which they will model on graduation day. Some of the centres go as far as to host a fashion show with first year students modelling outfits made by the second years.

Sadly, the food crisis in Kenya has seen unprecedented increases on food prices throughout the countries and as families have to tighten their belts, we have seen a sharp drop in the number of students who have been able to afford their government trade exams this year. This makes our Roots program even more important as it will allow graduates to set up small businesses rather than rely on employment which would require them to provide trade certificates. By equipping our students with Business Skills and Life Skills that build their confidence, we can give them the opportunity to start a business which will allow them to live independently and help themselves and their families in the future.

Our Nairobi Seed of Hope centre has been fortunate enough to gain support from the local organic farmers’ market. Each week, they are invited to collect produce which has been left over after the market and this is used to help with the feeding program that ensures students take lunch each day. Check out Purity’s video to see just how important it is to the girls that they take lunch at school. Over the August holidays, the headteacher of the Nairobi centre received numerous calls from students asking if they could go to school – even if it was just to do some general cleaning. This was because the girls were desperately looking for lunch so that they could ease the burden on their families.

It is times like these that we realise just how important Seed of Hope is to our girls and we really couldn’t keep the centres running without your support. We would like to thank each and every person who has made a donation to this project via GlobalGiving and let you know that your support is offering a bright future to girls who had no hope.

THANK YOU!

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Sep 20, 2011

Happy Times

All smiles - her old photo represents the project
All smiles - her old photo represents the project

Happy news to share – as reported in our last update, a local family had expressed interest in adopting a child from the St Andrews Baby Unit. The process took a lot longer than anticipated but a few weeks ago, the paperwork was signed off and the new parents collected their little one and took him home to start his new life as part of a family. Foster care is the first step and if all goes well, which we anticipate it will, the family can proceed to full adoption. We hope this is the first of many adoptions that will be facilitated through the St Andrews Baby Unit.

The food crisis in Kenya has impacted on the baby unit as it faces the rising prices of basic foods. The diet of the little ones has not been compromised though and we are very grateful to everyone who has donated through Global Giving as this income really does help ensure that the quality of care remains high and the children are unaffected by the current situation. Members of the local community continue to support the unit with donations of food when they harvest from their land.

The past three months have seen some changes to the baby unit. Australian volunteer, Carla, returned to Kenya after a few months at home in which she had raised funds to help the babies she had been helping to care for last year. Her funds have been used to create a shade over part of the outdoor play area and add shelving to the indoor play area and store room making the place much tidier and safer for the children. In addition to this, the baby unit now has a dedicated water tank to collect rainwater from the roof of a building. This water will be of great help to the mothers who have to hand wash all the clothes an nappies for the unit.

At the moment, the Kenyan economy is struggling as the exchange rate against the USD and sterling £ is so weak. For us, it means that your donations go further as we get more shillings for every $ or £ donated. We really do appreciate your support and hope you agree that the babies are looking happy and healthy as a result of your efforts.

We are delighted to have reached our original target for this project and extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed. However, as we continue to support the St Andrews Baby Unit, we are going to roll the project on and continue to raise funds for this unit which really is changing lives and giving young children a brighter future.

Enjoying the shaded play area
Enjoying the shaded play area
Matron with one of the little ones
Matron with one of the little ones
Sep 20, 2011

In Their Words...

Kibera Mpira Mtaani continues to go from strength to strength in terms of education and soccer. GlobalGiving has been collecting stories from the local community about a wide variety of organisations and events. Below you can find links to some of the 54 stories that have been written about Mpira Mtaani by people in the community of Kibera. Rather than us tell you what's going on and the impact it's having....we thought it best to hear it in their words

http://www.globalgiving.org/stories/9895

http://www.globalgiving.org/stories/13750

(http://www.globalgiving.org/stories/10611)

(http://www.globalgiving.org/stories/11104)

We are also trying to give children and youths in Kibera a stronger voice. A creative writing class takes place every Sunday at Kibera Mpira Mtaani to help children express themselves. Another organisation is in the process of setting up classes where children will be trained how to used computers and how to blog so that they can share stories of what is happening within their community.

As well as these activities, the daily after-school tuition program continues to grow and proves itself to be invaluable to the children in the local area around Kibera Mpira Mtaani's resource centre.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project through GlobalGiving. Together we can help make a difference to the lives of children in Kibera.

 
   

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