Here’s what’s happening this week at Villages of Hope-Africa…
Tunisha, Rose, and Maggie were thrilled to receive gifts from their amazing sponsors this week! It’s getting very cold here at VOH Mongu so the girls were really excited to receive jerseys, warm socks, and shoes to wear to school on those cold mornings. The girls were smiling ear to ear and it was such a blessing for all three of them. Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors who make all of this possible!
VOH Burundi is thankful we are able to provide dried food to 60 families in need in partnership with Christian Life Ministries. Among those helped were guardians of children cared for by VOH Burundi.
This nutritious food is a mix of 17 types of vegetables, which saves our children from any malnourishment-based sickness. These women are very happy and thankful for the initiative!
VOH Chongwe enjoyed a visit this past week from one of the local Churches in Chongwe. We spent time playing games and sports and worshipping together. The day was capped off by everyone enjoying a special meal provided by the church.
The children had a wonderful time and we are so thankful for the support and encouragement we receive from our local community!
At VOH Kitwe’s chapel service this week the message was focused on spiritual growth. As a way of illustrating this to everyone, we had two pupils go up on the stage to show their different sizes as an illustration.
Staff members from other schools were also present at the service, and we ended by presenting Scout graduates with certificates!
This week at VOH Malawi we handed out new bibles to the grade 8 students, all of whom have all successfully completed their final exams in preparation for secondary school. We are so proud of them!
During the ceremony, they were given candles to hold to remind them they carry the “Light of the World” within them. The children took this to heart and spontaneously sang “This Little Light of Mine” for all in attendance. It was a very beautiful moment.
At VOH Mwanza we were happy to host a short-term volunteer team from Warden Full Gospel Assembly in Toronto. The team was here for two weeks and helped in many ways around the village. They were involved in the VBS program we did for the younger children and also taught some youth seminars and shared their personal testimonies. Most of all they showed love to all our kids and staff.
We are so thankful for their giving heart! As we say here, Karibu tena! (Welcome again!)
Every year VOH Zimbabwe holds various local fundraisers to help with the ongoing cost of providing care for our children. The first event for 2017 was a family fun day. There were games, music, and dance. Someone even donated the use of four horses for the day and visitors were able to pay to take a ride as part of the fund-raising events. The children had a great time!
“In our family, the number of boxes that we have filled over the years is approximately 300. My past two trips I was able to recognise boxes of love that were packed by my family when giving them out in Zambia. I got to experience the joy that the boxes brought to all the children…” read more