This Week: Back to School Excitement

VOH Africa: New Back to School Hope Packs!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Back to School Hope Packs!

Back to school looks different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the ways we are keeping our students safe is by ensuring each student has their own school supplies, whether they will be learning in the classroom or at home. Students will also need to take additional safety measures like using hand sanitizer. Our new Back to School Hope Packs will ensure each student has access to all the things they need for a safe and successful school year!

Each Back to School Hope Pack costs $30 and contains:

  • Exercise Books
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • An Eraser
  • A Ruler
  • A Pencil Case
  • Soap and/or Hand Sanitizer

VOH Bulale (Tanzania): Back to School Supplies!

At VOH Bulale, our children were excited to receive new school uniforms! The school year in Tanzania runs from January to December and we are making sure we have all the supplies needed for all current and new students to have a successful start in 2021. The kids love the new uniforms and were excited to take pictures! You can help our students access the supplies they need for school by donating our new Back to School Hope Packs!

VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Diane Teaches Preschool

Diane is one of our former youth from our Youth Homes at VOH Bwiza. Now, she is giving back by teaching her little sisters and brothers in our Preschool. Diane is caring and loving and knows first-hand what it means to be an orphan. She can understand them and make them feel comfortable. The children are enjoying her lessons and we are thankful she is part of our team!

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: Returning to School

Schools have been closed in Zambia since late March, but recently the government announced the re-opening. The children here at VOH Luongo are excited they get to return to normal learning even if it’s just for a few hours. Teachers are more than ready to provide lessons and make sure that no child is left behind academically. Our staff is ensuring that all Covid-19 guidelines are being adhered to in order to keep everybody safe.

VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: Meet our New Preschool Class!

VOH Maramvya would like you to meet our new Preschool class! We had more than 300 parents apply to have their children join our school for the 2020-2021 school year. Each year we can only receive about thirty children for preschool. Our admittance committee prioritizes children who are the most vulnerable. Most have lost both of their parents. Some of these children never knew their parents, others were abandoned when they were still babies. When we accept their application, we do everything we can to care for them and let them know they are loved.

VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Save a Life Center Update

Currently, we have 38 children in our Save A Life feeding program at VOH Mongu! Our feeding program helps save the lives of extremely malnourished children within our community and works to empower their caregivers to be able to care for them after they leave our program. This week, we were able to graduate three children and their caregivers as we felt the children had grown enough, gained enough weight, and were on track with their development. We also saw that their caregivers had retained the lessons they were taught and the micro-businesses they were able to start were doing well enough for them to properly care for their children. It’s so exciting to see these children improve in such a short time and to see caregivers empowered with their new skills.

VOH Mwanza (Tanzania) Update: Back to School Update

At VOH Mwanza we are very grateful that all of our children and staff are healthy and well. It’s been quite a year, but we strongly feel God has protected us and kept everyone well. Children have been back in school here in Tanzania for three months now, and while we’re still taking all the necessary safety precautions, we are very happy to report we have not had any kind of surge in illnesses and that generally all of our children across all of our sites are healthy! This is a huge blessing.

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Meet Rudo

Meet Rudo from VOH Zimbabwe. Rudo is 15 years old but is mature beyond her years. She is a positive and appreciative young lady. She is very responsible and our house mothers count on her to be a good example for the other children. Rudo doesn’t have any known relatives and joining the VOH family has changed her life. As a way to express gratitude to Rudo for all she does for us at VOH Zimbabwe, we gifted her with her own phone. The new device will assist with her education during COVID-19 by helping her stay connected with her school so she doesn’t miss any assignments. We are so proud of you, Rudo!

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