New Project in Burundi: this week at VOH Africa
Welcome to our weekly news roundup! Here we share stories from each of our Villages about our Programs, celebrations, children, and staff. If you’d like to receive these updates via email, please subscribe to our newsletter.
Burundi: Expanding to Maramvya!
VOH Burundi recently expanded our community by opening another center in an area nearby called Maramvya!
Everyone is very thankful that after many delays due to the recent political unrest in our nation, we have been able to open this new children’s’ centre in an area where the need is so great.
It was a good day last Friday when all the staff and volunteers from our Bwiza location paid a visit. Together we talked about our mission and also made plans for our upcoming official opening of this new Maramvya location.
We already started preschool and a feeding program and we believe we will be bringing hope to this impoverished community for years to come! Thanks to all of our sponsors and supporters who made this expansion possible!
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Chongwe: Extra Curricular Program
VOH Chongwe appreciates the role extra curriculum activities have in the academic and physical development of our children. Every Wednesday afternoon all students take part in an activity of their choice. Our extracurricular program options include debate clubs, games, culture, sports, and JETS (Junior Engineers Technician Scientists).
All of these programs are beneficial to our students, having a positive impact on the children by improving their self-esteem as they discover their areas of gifting!
Kitwe: Support from Local Church
Last week the VOH Kitwe Board Members accompanied Everlyn (Village Director) and George (Village Administrator) to our satellite school in Luongo to distribute Boxes of Love to the children in the multi-grade class.
The Luongo Community Leaders and the Beracha Church Pastor were also there and showed us the church land, which will be allocated to us for school classrooms next year!
The children and the community leaders were excited and surprised when we arrived with the Boxes of Love! They had never seen anything like it before and they were so happy!
VOH Kitwe was happy to share our blessings with our friends in Luongo. This was only made possible because of the support from our friends in Canada who put the Boxes together.
Malawi: Congratulations, Patson and Grace!
Everyone at VOH Malawi is so proud of our Graduates, Patson and Grace! They both just completed their fourth year of post-secondary education at Adziwa Christian School. “Adziwa” means “God Knows” in the Chichewa language.
Uncle Fraser and Grace’s house mother, Ireen, were happy to be in attendance at the graduation ceremony!
Mongu: Chi Alpha Team
We were blessed to have the Chi Alpha team from Arkansas Tech University here with us at VOH Mongu for the last two weeks! The team consisted of 18 college students and they were able to help in so many ways during their time here.
The team played lots of games with the children, helped with work projects, did home visits for the Save A Life Centre, and were able to put up wall stickers and decorations to make our children’s homes even homier and more welcoming.
Thank you for coming and helping, Chi Alpha team!
Last week our children at VOH Mwanza attended VBS (Vacation Bible School), organized by Mwanza Pentecostal Church. They learnt they are God’s special children and that He has a plan for each of them.
Most of the volunteers in were our older VOH Mwanza children. VBS was concluded on Sunday, where the children presented in the main Sunday service by singing and sharing what they learnt during the VBS week.
It was indeed a life-transforming experience for our children!
Zimbabwe: Community Support
Here at VOH Zimbabwe, we are very thankful for the men from our local church who came together to finish off some painting in one of the children’s homes. The painting was started by a visiting team, but they were not able to complete the work.
Seeing the community show such a genuine interest and support for VOH was a real encouragement to the staff and a great example of service and hard work for our children. When the men finished the painting they also helped prepare the greenhouses for the next crop!