VOH Bulale (Tanzania): Meet Diana
VOH Bulale would like you to meet Diana. Diana is six years old and studies at our school together with her brother. The siblings lost both their parents at a young age and now live with their grandmother in the nearby community. Their grandmother struggles to provide basic needs for the family, and the support she receives through VOH is a huge help. Diana is a sweet girl who works hard at her studies and likes to read. She also likes to have fun with her friends, playing different games. Diana has already learned so much since joining VOH Bulale. We know her future is bright!
VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Feeding Program for Students
At VOH Bwiza we are grateful for the donations we get from those in our community to support our feeding program. The children receive breakfast before they head to school and lunch before they start their tutoring lessons. VOH Bwiza children attend school in the surrounding community and we provide any fees required. After school, we provide extra tutoring lessons to help them in any areas that they may be struggling. Through our feeding program, we provide a variety of meals including rice, beans, vegetables, ndagala (small fish), meat and maize. Our children are very thankful that VOH is taking care of their nutrition as most come from homes where there is little food available.
VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: Prisca Joins the VOH Family
VOH Chongwe would like you to meet Prisca. Sadly, Prisca lost both her mother and father and was staying with her grandmother who recently passed away, leaving her on her own. After the funeral, some of Prisca’s extended family members took the few belongings that were left by Prisca’s grandma and left Prisca all alone, hungry and with no one to look after her. Thankfully the neighbours heard what happened and came to Prisca’s rescue. They reported the matter to the police, who later informed social welfare. Social welfare immediately brought Prisca to VOH Chongwe and she is living in one of our children’s home where she has joined a happy, loving family. Social welfare is trying to gather information and trace any living relatives who will be willing and able to care for her. In the meantime, Prisca is attending the VOH Chongwe school and is receiving medical care when needed from our clinic. Prisca is very happy to be part of the VOH family!
VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Returning to School
This week marks two weeks since the government reopened schools in Zambia. The teachers and the children at VOH Kitwe are both excited and eager to start the new term. We are ensuring everyone complies with the new norm of learning and adheres to COVID-19 safety measures.
VOH Africa: New Back to School Hope Packs!
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
- An Eraser
- A Ruler
- A Pencil Case
- Soap and/or Hand Sanitizer
Support our Work During COVID-19 by Giving Hope Packs!
VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: New Uniforms!
This week VOH Luongo children were excited to receive new school uniforms! The uniforms were made by the tailoring class instructor using material donated by our senior teacher, Fatuma, and her husband. The uniforms have our logo on them, which will help identify the children as being VOH students. Now the children are more excited than ever to be back in school!
VOH Malawi Update: Staff Party
This week at VOH Malawi we held a staff party to celebrate three very important things. First, we bid farewell to our Canadian volunteer Pastor Diana. She’s been with us for 14 months and we’ll miss her dearly. Second, we celebrated all the hard work the staff have put into the garden project we started during the pandemic. Third, we celebrated the reopening of schools across Malawi, which will take place in the middle of October. Our team has worked so hard to prepare the school and ensure it is safe for our students and themselves. What a wonderful day it was!
VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: Writing to Sponsors
Last week at VOH Maramvya the children wrote letters to their sponsors. Because of the pandemic, it’s been several months since the children have been able to write. The children were excited to write to their sponsors and let them know how they are doing. Writing to their sponsors also reminds them there is someone across the ocean who cares about them and prays for them. We are so grateful for each VOH sponsor! You can become a sponsor today by visiting vohafrica.com/child-sponsorship
VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Gifts from Sponsors!
The students are back here at VOH Mongu and we’re loving it! Now that they’re back, they are able to receive the letters and gifts they received from their sponsors during the lockdown. Many of these gifts were for birthdays, back-to-school, or “just because.” The kids received backpacks, books, school supplies, clothes, candy, toys, and even some soap and hygiene items to help keep them safe. We are so grateful for our amazing sponsors and how much they support our kids! You can become a VOH sponsor by visiting vohafrica.com/child-sponsorship
VOH Mwanza (Tanzania) Update: National Exams
This week at VOH Mwanza, our grade seven students wrote their national exams. In Tanzania at the end of grade seven, all students must sit for one national exam, which determines if they will move onto secondary school. We have been praying for our grade seven students this week and have been encouraging them. We had 30 students take the exam this year. We are grateful everyone was calm and confident and no one was fearful or overwhelmed. Their teachers have worked very hard to prepare them this year, especially considering they missed several months of school in the spring because of the pandemic. We are praying that all our students will perform well and will be able to start secondary school in the new year!
VOH Zimbabwe Update: Examination Prep
Since schools closed in March in Zimbabwe, the children have been working on their lessons from home. Now that things are beginning to reopen, the government has directed all exam classes to return to school to prepare for their exams. It is a welcome move both for the children and the parents. With the exams fast approaching, everyone is working hard so the students can catch up on what was missed due to the pandemic. We wish them all the best as they prepare for their exams!