New Soccer Club at VOH Burundi: This Week at Villages of Hope
Check out what’s been going on this week at Villages of Hope-Africa…
VOH Burundi’s New Soccer Club
VOH Burundi has a new soccer club and they are busy training for an upcoming match with another children’s team from the community. Cyriaque, the Head Teacher is leading the training sessions and everyone is having a great time playing and learning new skills together. The children have named their team “Hope Football Club”. Good Luck Team!
Homemade Drums at VOH Chongwe
Meet Elijah, one of the young boys living in the children’s homes at VOH Chongwe. Elijah loves music and especially loves playing drums and so recently he decided to make a set of drums for himself, improvising with whatever he could find to use from around the Village. He made his drum set using a cooking oil container, water container and various empty tins. Elijah beats the drums whenever the VOH Chongwe choir is singing and any other time that he and his friends are gathered to sing and enjoy making music together. Everyone is amazed at how creative his is and what a skillful drummer he is becoming.
Healing Touch Therapy at VOH Malawi
VOH Malawi is working hard at training, equipping and encouraging the staff. One of the ways we’ve been doing that lately is a training called Healing Touch therapy. The moms and some of the school staff have participated in learning how appropriate touch can make a child feel noticed and special. Playing games and singing songs are being used to help teach the moms and teachers practical ways to interact with and provide healthy positive encouragements and support that they can use in their daily routines with the children.
Celebrating Easter at VOH Kenya
Over the Easter holiday, VOH Kenya kids had a 3-day Youth Conference where they had one hour Bible teachings and times of singing together. They also watched a movie about the life of Jesus, from his birth to his resurrection. The kids had a great Easter weekend celebrating and learning together.
VOH Kitwe Sunday School Performs
Last week at VOH Kitwe, our children joined the Sunday school promotion program at a local Church. Two of them were key leaders in the segments. Brian recited a scripture and Datula led in a song. These two children live in the children’s homes at the Village and everyone attending was happy to see the VOH children taking a leading part in the service.
University Students Help VOH Mwanza
Seven students from St. Augustine’s University, Mwanza visited VOH Mwanza on Saturday, to lend a helping hand cleaning up both inside and outside the Village. This helped them to obtain required field experience for their university studies along with helping us do necessary cleaning. The VOH Mwanza boys joined in with the students and they shared a morning of work and getting to know each other. It was a great experience for everyone!
This Week’s Blog: Director’s Blog “In Memory of Joe Lewis Whittaker”
The writer of Ecclesiastes wrote, “I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime.” Joe did both very well, he rejoiced and did good. As I look back on Joe’s legacy I count it a privilege to have known him and am thankful for the opportunities that we all have to make a difference in the lives of others in whatever way God has gifted us… Read Here
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