Programs

Document: Current and Projected Number of Children in Care 2013 to 2017 (click here)

Healthcare

Page - HealthcareAccording to UNICEF, “Children orphaned by HIV/AIDS are disadvantaged in numerous and often devastating ways. In addition to the trauma of witnessing the sickness and death of one or both parents, they are likely to be poorer and less healthy than non-orphans. They are more likely to suffer damage to their cognitive and emotional development”.

Villages of Hope-Africa provides free medical care for over 2000 children. Several of the Villages have on-site clinics that provide the VOH children with basic medical care. In locations where there is not yet a clinic, the children are taken to local clinics when they are ill.

A 2010 World Health Organization report states:

“An estimated 655, 000 deaths, mostly among African children, where a child dies every minute from malaria. Malaria is preventable and curable. Increased malaria prevention and control measures are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many places.”

At Village of Hope, children are provided with treated mosquito nets. Treated nets are proven to be a very effective first line of prevention. In addition, malaria tests are given when a VOH child displays symptoms that could be malaria and if the test is positive treatment is started immediately.

Knowing that they will be helped when they are sick brings a tremendous relief to children of Villages of Hope.

How you can help us provide Healthcare:

  • Malaria test and treatment $15 per patient

CLICK HERE TO DONATE (donations can be made online or via cheque)


Education

Page - EducationAccording to UNICEF’s 2008 state of the world’s children, “Most children whose parents are ill or deceased have their education interrupted”. UNICEF also states that “Orphans are less likely to be in school and more likely to fall behind or drop out, compromising their abilities and prospects”. Adult literacy rates in many sub-saharan countries are low. And in the countries we operate in, they average around 70% – with the lowest being Burundi at 67%. Villages of Hope Africa responds to these critical issues by providing free education from preschool to grade 12 for over 2000 children. The children and youth attending a Village of Hope school are taught from local government curriculum and write government exams. The schools also provide the opportunity to be involved in sports, music and other extra-curricular activities providing a well rounded education for the students. Being able to attend school has brought hope for a brighter future to each child.

How you can help us provide Education:

  • Sponsor a class $275 per month
  • Sponsor a Teacher $50 per month
  • Youth High School Completion $40 per month

CLICK HERE TO DONATE (donations can be made online or via cheque)


Nutrition

Page - NutritionUNICEF states that “In HIV/AIDS affected households lacking community support, food consumption can drop by more than 40 percent, putting children at higher risk of malnutrition and stunting”.

Villages of Hope Africa provides nutrition every day to over 3000 orphaned and vulnerable children through our school programs. Eighty-five percent (85%) of these children come from communities surrounding a Village of Hope location, with the remaining 15% living at a Village of Hope.

By providing either H.E.P.S. (High Energy Protein Supplement) porridge or a comparable nutritious meal, the care givers of these children have the peace of mind knowing that their child is receiving their daily nutritional requirements.

A UNICEF study in Zimbabwe revealed that the proportion of children from households with serious food deficits dropping out of school, related directly to whether or not they were part of a school feeding program during the preceding school year. UNICEF determined that “School feeding programs keep vulnerable children in school”.

Through our nutrition program we are able to not only provide children with the nutrition they need, but also prevent malnutrition from inhibiting their education.

How you can help us provide Nutrition:

  • Feeding Program $30 per child per year

CLICK HERE TO DONATE (donations can be made online or via cheque)


Shelter

shelterBy every measure, children in Africa orphaned by AIDS and other poverty related issues suffer tremendously, with little hope for their futures. The daily heroism of Africans of all ages is no match for the cascading effects on communities and homes when millions of parents are incapacitated or die.

We want to do our part to make a difference in children’s lives, bringing hope where hope has been lost. The vision of Villages of Hope Africa is to see children loved and cared for so that they will ultimately embrace adulthood as independent and contributing members of society.
UNICEF quotes a Kenyan widow in her early 50’s as she reflects on the growing number of orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa:

“In the past people used to care for the orphans and loved them, but these days there are so many, and many people have died who could have assisted them and therefore orphanhood is a common phenomenon, not strange. The few who are alive cannot support them.”

Where a child is left with no relative or guardian who is able to provide a home for them, Village of Hope is currently providing shelter to over 330 children. In these homes the child can live in a safe, secure and loving environment.

A maximum of eight children live in each home and every home has a mother who lives with the children full time. The mother cares for the children’s needs, helps them with their school work, teaches them how to help with basic chores around the home and provides spiritual and emotional guidance.

How you can help us provide Shelter:

  • Sponsor a House Mother $50 per month

CLICK HERE TO DONATE (donations can be made online or via cheque)

 

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