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.
Dec 28, 2015

The End of a Great Year

KiMMta Graduation
KiMMta Graduation

For many children in Kenya, Wednesday 30th December is a very important date. This is the date that the KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) results are announced. These exams are sat at the end of eight years of primary education and determine which secondary schools offer students a place.

Thanks to our afterschool tuition programmes, supported through GlobalGiving, there are a lot of children who will be scoring higher marks this year. Through the programmes, they have had access to textbooks that are in short supply in many non-government schools in slum areas. They have also had dedicated volunteer teachers on hand to answer their questions, set additional studies and mentor and encourage them. In  the last few weeks I have taken visitors to these projects and we have sat with some of the students and heard first hand what a difference these centres make. Students gain confidence and are encouraged to pursue their dreams. They told us that the support they have been given has helped them pull up their grades in school and they are looking forward to getting their results.

At the other end of the scale, we have seen graduation ceremonies at some of our ECD (Early Childhood Development) centres. There are three stages to this pre-school education - baby class, nursery and pre-unit. In KiMMta Academy in Kibera, 24 students completed their pre-unit class and a graduation ceremony was held to celebrate their move into primary education in January. Many of these are the original students who started in the school when it opened so it was a great day and a very proud one for KiMMta Chairman, Vincent Kegode.

We thank everyone who has supported our education programmes through GlobalGiving in 2015.

We wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to changing more lives together in 2016!

KiMMta Chairman and Graduates
KiMMta Chairman and Graduates
Students with new books
Students with new books
Nov 25, 2015

A New Lease of Life for Angel

Beautiful Angel and Natasha
Beautiful Angel and Natasha


Every visit to the St Andrews Baby Unit brings so much joy not only to our staff but also friends of Vision Africa and visitors who support our activities in Kenya. The smiles, laughter,cries and growth of these babies give us all more reasons to work hard so that the babies can continue to receive care ,love and protection and more so to ensure that all their needs are met as they grow up together as one big family. The baby unit is currently giving shelter to 16 babies and toddlers of whom two children are being prepared to move to the main children's home as they attain the age of four so as to create space for other babies who may be found in the same situation as they were.

In my last visit at Kandara children's home , I noticed a big change in children who had been brought and raised at the baby unit and have grown up to join the older children in the main home. Their health status and physical appearance have changed which is a clear indication that these children do not receive as much attention as they used to get while at the baby unit. All the babies and the toddlers at the baby unit are taken care of and receive the attention of the house mothers who have dedicated themselves to raise them as they would care for their own children. I spoke to Esther one of the longest serving house mother at the baby unit and this is what she had to say “I always feel sad when one of the children is moved to live in the main home with older children because their lives drastically change since they are not given much need attention like our babies here. Most of them still come back to us to get snacks and play with other babies”.
The local authorities and Children's Office within the County acknowledge the importance of St. Andrews Baby Unit as it has hosted around 45children since it was established. Some babies have a new lease of life with adoptive parents or in foster care while those who have grown and started school are integrated in the main Children's home and attend the nearby schools.
It is always great to share some good news with you about the progress of the babies at St. Andrews Baby Unit and we thought to share the story of baby Angel.

Angel was abandoned three days after birth and was found wrapped in her clothes and placed under a tree in a busy shopping centre. According to the local police, Angel was found by a group of men who heard a baby crying while they were holding a meeting within the area. They reported to the local police who contacted the County children officer who recommended the baby to be taken to St.Andrews Baby Unit which is the only recognized home within Murang'a County that provides shelter and care to babies found in such situations. Angel has been at the baby unit for one year and eight months going through different developmental stages as we had been reporting earlier. She has grown healthy and is walking and talking the baby's language
We are glad to inform you that the little Angel has finally found a new family. Sad as it is always to let go of these children they are part of a bigger family, we are happy because Angel is in the process of being taken for adoption. Her new parents will soon start visiting the baby unit to build a relationship with her as they wait for the court to grant them custody. We are happy for baby Angel as she will soon have new parents to relate with and a place to call home. We hope for the best as she prepares to go and settles in with her new family and wish her many year of happiness.

There are no new arrivals of children reported at the home and we hope that the year will end well with the current number of babies and toddlers at the baby unit. Other highlights about the baby unit is that
Baby Baraka who is the youngest baby unit resident is now sitting without support and has started weaning on solid food.We hope he too will be adopted in the coming year. Fidelis and John whose stories we shared with you in our last report are both standing and use plastic chairs to walk around the house. The health of all babies were maintained and they are growing pretty fast. Cecilia and older Fidelis have joined the pre-school that is supported by Vision Africa right at the children's home.
On behalf of all the babies at St Andrews baby unit, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Blessed 2016!

Thank you all for your ongoing support of our work!

PS. Tuesday 1st of December is Giving Tuesday. Please give your voice to the little ones of the St Andrews Baby Unit by telling a friend about this project.

Fidelis using a plastic chair to walk around
Fidelis using a plastic chair to walk around
Baby Baraka can sit and play with his toy
Baby Baraka can sit and play with his toy
Oct 15, 2015

Learning from Professionals

Beverlyne
Beverlyne

Seed of Hope had an eventful term where by students were involved in various activities with the aim of making their learning interesting. We all know that being confined in classroom throughout the term is not an easy task, therefore the Seed of Hope administration came up with activities to allow their students nurture their skills creatively through learning from other professionals. For Nairobi Seed of Hope’s Fashion Design students, there was an opportunity to leave the classroom and be immersed in the world of Fashion Design for a day.

The tour was an eye opener for students as they got to learn from people who have succeeded in the competitive world of fashion industry. Their first stop was at a shopping mall where they visited several shops to look at how clothes are displayed, variety of designs from wedding gowns to high street fashion, different types of crafted materials and products.

Their next stop was at two work stations that is Kiko Romeo and Kache collection who are among the Kenya's top designers and are running successful business . The Managing directors of these businesses took time to share their journey in fashion industry and the students could not hide their joy when they interacted with employees and heard of their experiences.

Teresiah a first year said “I met a former student who had graduated from Seed of Hope and now working at Kache collections. She made me realize that I am in the right place and doing the right course. The madam told us that we need to believe in ourselves and everything that we do in this life in order to become successful and that everything is possible if we do our best.”

They made a final stop at Joy Vision fashions a business established by Rosebella who is a Seed of Hope graduate. Rosebella has be instrumental in mentoring the first year students at Seed of Hope as well as allowing graduate students to join her business during attachment. There was great excitement among the students when they came back and shared their tour adventure with the rest of the girls.

Lilian is a second year student and had this to say “I learned a lot about business marketing, key resources and customer relationship as some of the important elements of a successful business . I was inspired by Rosebella when she told us that in order to succeed in business, one needs to have interest in their work, satisfy your clients and be strong when faced with challenges”.


Apart from the fashion day tour, other highlights that made the term successful were:

  • The"Amuka" programme was run for second year students at the Nairobi centre after the success of the pilot programme for first year students .
  • A team of teachers from a School in Scotland ran a "Step Up Skills Camp" for forty students from all Seed of Hope centres. Workshops were held on practical skills such as embroidery, felting and printing as well as personal development sessions to build self-esteem and develop marketing skills
  • The same teachers also held a workshop for all Seed of Hope staff to train them on various styles of teaching.
  • Second year students in Fashion Design have sat their Grade 2 NITA (National Industrial Training Authority) exams.
  • 15 new laptops have been delivered to Seed of Hope Centre in Kitui for new courses in Computer Packages and Business Administration.
  • A new workshop has been completed at the centre in Kisii which will house the course in welding and metalwork.
  • Students preparing to graduate have begun working on their business plans. Some have even had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to potential investors.

We spoke to few girls on the impact of being at Seed of Home and they shared their journey.

Beverlyne shares her journey so far...


"My name is Beverlyne. I am a first year student taking fashion fabric design. Before I came to Seed of Hope I used to work as a house girl. My life was a frustrating one because of mistreatment I received from some of my employers. I never knew what happiness was.
I thank God for the opportunity to join Seed of Hope. It has given me reason to live again. The opportunity I had lost in life I have received it at Seed of Hope. Seed of Hope has impacted in me skills and knowledge that will help me reach my dreams.

Through Seed of Hope, I was able to attend the Step Up Skills Camp that gave me a lot of experience in the area of business, marketing and also the area of craft and new techniques that will improve my working skills.
My level of confidence, courage and self-esteem have grown to a high level because of the generosity of teachers who sacrifice their time to mentor and impact knowledge in us.
May God bless Vision Africa and Seed of Hope and all the sponsors, for they have transformed my life through the skills and knowledge I have acquired.”

Caroline also shared her journey as she prepares to graduate.
“I am Caroline a second year student at Seed of Hope. I never knew about Seed of Hope until the day my uncle came to the village. He told my parents and some of our neighbors about Seed of Hope and they all agreed that since we were idle after completing primary education, we should enroll in this program to acquire knowledge and skills. My uncle brought me and 5 other girls from the village to join Seed of Hope in Nairobi. He rented a house for us and our parent would have to send monthly support to enable us meet our basic needs.

Since I joined Seed of Hope, I have gained skills in my course of study, my self esteem have increased and I have become courageous. In my first year, I sat for grade 3 exams and passed well and this year, I did grade 2 exams which l hope to get good results. I can't wait to graduate in December and go for attachment since I want to also sit for grade 1 exams in order to pursue my dream career as a fashion design teacher.

My future plan is to establish a successful business before I advance in fashion design course at the university in order to be the best teacher and designer. I look forward to the time when I will be able to give back to the community by imparting the same skills that I received from Seed of Hope to other girls who are disadvantage and had lost hope to have a better life. I know I will become a better person, independent and successful.
I thank Seed of Hope for the many opportunities they have given me. May God continue to bless the good work in transforming lives of young girls like me”

Seed of Hope would not exist without the support received through your generous giving . On behalf of Teresiah, Lilian, Beverlyne, Caroline and the 303 other students we thank you for planting a seed and giving them the opportunity to improve their lives and that of their families.
Thank you all for your ongoing support of our

Caroline and Lilian in Machine Room
Caroline and Lilian in Machine Room
Rosebella and students during the tour.
Rosebella and students during the tour.
 
   

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