VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Healthcare Training
At VOH Bwiza this week, our Administrator’s husband, Jean, who is a nurse, came to the Village and equipped our staff and volunteers with information and practical skills that will help us care for our children and ourselves.
He offered first aid training and information on preventing exposure to certain health risks and how to avoid and deal with malnutrition.
We are very thankful for Jean for his willing heart to serve by providing such valuable information, especially during these challenging times!
VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: New Greenhouse!
At VOH Chongwe, we utilize our land for food production wherever we can. At the moment we are installing a second greenhouse, which will help us continue planting vegetables.
The plan is to increase our production of all these crops and to continue training our students on how to grow food for themselves.
We are very grateful for the successful outcome of the first greenhouse, which is empowering us to do more!
VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Holding Church Outdoors
At VOH Kitwe we continue to communicate the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic to our children. In this temporary new normal, we are not yet meeting in the church, but we still find creative and safe ways to continue to disciple our children.
This Sunday we shared about God being with us through every situation and the children composed an action-only (no singing) song that they called “God is Good all the time”. It was really exciting to act it out together in the open field.
We are so thankful we can worship and learn about God anywhere; we do not need a building!
VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: Gift from VOH Kitwe!
This week at VOH Luongo, we were grateful to receive face masks and exercise books from a donation that was given to VOH Kitwe that they shared with us.
Any students that had not been given a reusable mask were given one from this donation.
Fatuma, our Senior Teacher, passed out the books when the students came for their daily nutrition, school materials, and discipleship lessons.
What a great lesson in generosity for our children to see another VOH location share their blessings with us here in Luongo!
VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: Meet Belyse
VOH Maramvya would like to introduce you to Belyse, recently joined our staff as a house Auntie.
Belyse joined our VOH Bwiza center at the age of eleven when she was in the 4th grade. Last year she finished her secondary studies under the support and supervision of VOH. After graduating, she shared her desire to help children who were living in difficult situations like she had been when she was young.
We are so proud of Belyse’s and grateful for her commitment to giving back to the VOH community!
VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Meet Jacob and Peter
Our Save A Life feeding program is still going strong here at VOH Mongu! While strictly adhering to health and safety guidelines put in place by the government, the caregivers on the feeding program can bring in their children every week to receive a health teaching and food for the week for their child.
They are also attending our street business school where they are learning to run a business to earn an income and sustain their families.
This week, we had two new admissions to the feeding program, twins named Jacob and Peter who are just 4 months old. They were brought to the program because their mother has been diagnosed with tuberculosis and is in the hospital and unable to care for them. The twins’ grandmother is now caring for them but is unable to provide the expensive formula milk they need.
Thanks to Save a Life, the twins are now able to get the nutrition they need and their grandmother can attend business classes so she can learn to provide for her family.
We know that God has big plans in store for Peter, Jacob, and their whole family!
VOH Mwanza (Tanzania) Update: Returning to School
Children at VOH Mwanza are excited to be back in school and are getting used to the school routine again after over three months off. We are thankful that after two weeks of being open, all children remain healthy and well, and staff are also well.
The children have been excited to see their friends again and be learning again in the classroom. We have made some changes to our nutrition program to ensure the children are getting nutrient-rich foods including green veggies and fruits to help keep their immunity strong.
We are grateful for our staff who have continued to work hard throughout these unprecedented times and all the changes that have and continue to take place.
It is our hope this school year will go well and everyone will remain healthy!
VOH Zimbabwe Update: Water Shortages
At VOH Zimbabwe we’ve had water challenges due to a variety of factors. Zimbabwe’s water table is getting very low because we did not receive enough rain this year and our national electricity voltage is low.
When the voltage drops below the optimum level, the borehole pumps are unable to start pumping. In response to this challenge, we decided to make one of our boreholes a manual pumping borehole so the children can still get water and continue with their agricultural projects.
This pump is easy to use and is very secure. It’s cemented to close the holes and it can be locked to avert abuse. The children are still able to get clean water for home use and also gardening.
We hope the electricity situation improves, but if not, we may consider switching most of our boreholes to solar power.
Support our Work During COVID-19 by Giving Hope Packs!
Each package contains:
- 1 bottle of liquid hand soap
- 2kgs of nutritious porridge
- reusable face masks (with use and care instructions)
- children’s multi-vitamins
- a COVID-19 safety handout
Each HOPE Pack costs $20.