VOH Bulale (Tanzania): School Enrollment
At VOH Bulale, our community assessments for school enrollment in January have begun. We work with local leaders to identify the most vulnerable families and children in the surrounding community and conduct home visits. Our team assesses the living conditions of the families and the general health and wellness of each child. Once the assessments are complete, our enrolment team makes decisions about who will be accepted to join our school. There is always more need than we can meet. These families and children are facing difficult situations. We do our best to care for as many children as possible by offering them quality education, nutrition and healthcare support, and by introducing them to Jesus through whom lasting hope flows.
VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Breakfast Porridge
Breakfast is not a common thing here in Burundi. Parents struggle to feed their children just two meals per day and many children go to school with an empty stomach. This can negatively affect their performance while learning. We are thankful that all the children under the care of VOH Bwiza are given a nutritious breakfast porridge with bread before school each day. This would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors and donors–thank you for your ongoing support!
VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: Utilizing our Library
Our library is an important place for the students here at VOH Chongwe. Most of our children who come to school from the surrounding communities come from homes without electricity. When they finish school, they like to go to the library to study in the light before going home, where it is dark once the sun sets. The library has helped many students with their studies and recently helped our grades 7, 9, and 12 students excel in their government exams. We have books for everyone from our baby class to grade 12. We even have novels and books on running businesses.
VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: New Bibles!
This week at VOH Kitwe we distributed Bibles to our children. The Bibles were sent in the Boxes of Love container. There were enough Bibles in the container for all ten VOH Villages. This week, the students received their Bibles and can’t wait to use them in chapel, discipleship group, and school!
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: COVID-19 Prevention
This week at VOH Luongo we conducted refresher training on COVID-19 prevention. Our grade six students demonstrated the importance of handwashing and sanitizing. They took turns explaining the measures we all need to adhere to such as wearing a mask properly and covering your cough safely. It is great to see our children explaining to one another the importance of following health guidelines!
VOH Malawi Update: Returning to School Safely
This week at VOH Malawi we are excited to have our students back in class at Lilongwe Hope Academy! It’s been several months of distance learning. Now that they’re back, the children have been diligently learning new ways to keep one another safe in the classroom. Recently, the children practiced drawing pictures with guidance from their teachers. They love to draw and colour!
VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: After School Lessons
At VOH Maramvya we continue to offer after-school tutoring to our students. These students really enjoy this extra time at the Village. Not only does it help improve their learning, but it also gives them a chance to spend time with their teachers and friends. When the children are not at school, they sometimes find themselves left with nothing to do except hang out in the streets in an environment that is not healthy or safe for them. While together at school, the children get to learn and be part of a healthy community. Our after school lessons are making a big difference in our children’s lives!
VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Street Business School
The ladies in our Street Business School program at VOH Mongu are doing such an incredible job of learning new business skills, accounting skills, and being creative with what new businesses they can start! Muzala is one of these amazing women who is growing in her knowledge and looking to provide for her family through one of these street businesses. Muzala first started coming to VOH Mongu for the Save A Life feeding program. Her twins, Ngebe and Njamba, were struggling to put on weight and she needed help to provide age-appropriate food for them. The twins are now flourishing and Muzala is now able to provide for her kids after she leaves the program. We know God has great plans for this amazing family!
VOH Mwanza (Tanzania) Update: Grade 7 Graduation
At VOH Mwanza last week we held a graduation ceremony for our grade 7 class. We had 30 children graduate grade 7, which is the end of primary school in Tanzania. While we still wait for results from their national exams, we are confident they have performed well. It was a great time to celebrate their accomplishments. Despite a very difficult and unusual year, these students have remained resilient and have succeeded despite the difficult circumstances. Even after not being able to attend school in person for over 3 months, they managed to work hard to catch up and be ready to sit for their exams. We are grateful to our teachers who have also worked hard to see this day come. Congratulations to all of our graduates, we know God has even greater things ahead for you as you begin secondary school in the new year!
VOH Zimbabwe Update: Congratulations, Daniel!
This week at VOH Zimbabwe we are celebrating Daniel, who graduated with a degree in Supply Chain Management. Daniel and his sister Pamela were two of the first children to come to our Village. Daniel has gone through school with dedication, always focused on the future. Seeing him graduate from University is monumental for him and us. We celebrate with him and wish him the best. Congratulations Daniel!