This Week: Nutrition Programs During COVID-19

VOH Bulale (Tanzania) Update: Feeding Program Reopening

At VOH Bulale all of our kids have returned to school and this also means our regular nutrition program is also back up and running. Every child receives a nutritious meal during the school day at Bulale.

Many of the children coming to our centre come from very poor and vulnerable environments at home where sometimes even providing regular meals for the family is a challenge.

We are so grateful that because of many amazing partners, we can offer nutritious meals as part of our daily programs. We know our kids learn better and can concentrate in school when they’re satisfied and in good health.

VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Enjoying Breakfast Together

At VOH Bwiza we provide a nutritious breakfast every morning for our children. Nutrition is very important for their health and growth.

We have here five girls having their breakfast in one of our children’s homes: Princia, Emelyne, Josiane, Grace, and Dodine. Each of these five girls had been through difficult times before joining our VOH family and we are very thankful to watch them grow happy and healthy!

VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: Update on Emmanuel

This week at VOH Chongwe, we are happy to bring you an update on Emmanuel.

We shared Emmanuel’s story not long after he joined the VOH Chongwe family back in 2013. He was just three years old at the time and his father had passed away. The local social welfare officer brought him to our VOH Center because they had determined his mother was unable to care for him. When we first met Emmanuel he was not well, but he quickly became stronger and happier after moving into one of our children’s homes.

Today Emmanuel is 10 years old and in grade 4. Emmanuel is a very happy young boy and like every VOH child, he receives a quality education. Most importantly, Emmanuel has learned about God’s love for him!

Emmanuel dreams of one day becoming a pilot!

VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Shopping for Hope Packs!

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, continuing to support the children in our care at VOH Kitwe has taken new levels of commitment, creativity, and responsibility.

Our priority continues to be ensuring every VOH Kitwe child has sufficient nutrition and healthcare at home. One of the ways we are providing this care is through our Hope Packs project, which we launched a couple of months ago.

Giving children these essential items during these challenging times is an encouragement for our staff here at VOH and a relief for the children’s caregivers. The message to the caregivers is loud and clear: we will continue to care for the wellbeing of your children and your household even in times of crisis.

Last week we went shopping for the items needed to prepare more Hope Packs. It gives us great joy to be able to distribute these packs thanks to the generosity of our donors!

So far we’ve raised over $9,000 through this project–that’s over 400 Hope Packs! You can give a Hope Pack today and help us care for VOH children and their families by visiting vohafrica.com/hopepacks

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: New Bicycle!

VOH Luongo is located in a very rural part of Zambia, not far from Kitwe. Access between the VOH center and where the children live can be difficult because the area is so rural. Recently we were able to purchase a bicycle to help us reach the children who live far away from the center.

When a child misses coming to class, it is much easier now for us to visit their home and make sure everything is okay. In addition, we have been able to use the bicycle to deliver Hope Packs to the children who have been unable to come to the center to collect them.  

This new bicycle will make connecting with and caring for our children much easier!

VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Thank You, Teachers!

Our exam-writing grades, Grades 7, 9, and 12, are hard at work here at VOH Mongu, trying to make up for the time they lost during the lockdown.

These students have been so diligent and focused and we are confident they will make up for the lost time and be ready for their exams come December.

This week we want to highlight our incredible teachers! Our teachers have risen to the challenge of teaching during the pandemic, while also ensuring the safety of the children. This has been an incredibly challenging time but we have seen each one of them step up and serve the children at our school wholeheartedly.

We are so blessed to have such an incredible team!

VOH Mwanza (Tanzania) Update: Improving Our Nutrition!

The kids at VOH Mwanza Centre are always excited for lunchtime! Of course, it’s a break from classes, but it’s also time to eat and grow strong.

We are always looking to improve our nutrition program to help our children get all they need to keep growing and learning well. After doing some evaluations with our healthcare department, we have recently added more fruit and greens to our lunch menu to help our children get even more nutrients and vitamins to keep them strong and healthy.

They are enjoying the new foods and additions to lunch!

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Mid-Year Exams

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, national mid-year exams continued in Zimbabwe under strict protocols. Children were required to wear their masks and their desks were spaced as required. Before coming into the exam hall, temperature checks and handwashing were required.

Due to the pandemic, the exams were delayed for over a month. The delay may work to the advantage of the children as they had more time to prepare!

We are hopeful that our children will still do well despite the lost class time. Please pray for the students as they are in the midst of exams.

Support our Work During COVID-19 by Giving Hope Packs!

voh africa 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.

Support this initiative by donating a Hope Pack Today!

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