This Week: Exams, Safety, and Birthdays!

VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: End of Term Exams

At VOH Bwiza the children, teachers, and volunteers are all busy preparing for their end of term exams. We believe education is the best way to help children fulfill their dreams and provide for themselves and their families when they are older. This is why we offer additional tutoring lessons to help prepare our students for success. We are so thankful for our teachers and volunteers and we expect great results from our students!

VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: Meet Grace

Meet Grace who lives in one of our children’s homes at VOH Chongwe. She is 4 years old and joined our VOH family earlier this year after losing both of her parents. Her grandmother took her in when her parents first passed away but was not able to fully care for her. Grace is a very happy and intelligent girl. She loves drawing and painting a lot and also loves playing netball. She is hoping to become a nurse when she grows up. We are so happy Grace has found a home here with us at VOH and we encourage her grandma to visit her as much as she is able.

VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Growth Monitoring

VOH Kitwe works hard to ensure our children are well by carefully monitoring their health and growth. During the COVID-19 school closure, we were not able to do our regularly scheduled growth monitoring. Now that we’ve been allowed to reopen safely, our clinic staff can check the children. They measure them and take their weight and compare it with their previous records to ensure they are growing healthy and strong!

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: Preparing for Tests

We are coming towards the end of the term at VOH Luongo and schools will be closed soon. But, right before schools close, our children at VOH Luongo have been writing their end of term tests. The tests help us assess what they have learnt throughout the term and are an important tool for the teachers to be sure the students are understanding their lessons. The teachers have worked hard to prepare the children for the coming year when they will move ahead to the next grade. We are all very hopeful the students will perform well and will be ready for the next grade!

VOH Malawi Update: Protecting Children and Staff

Here at VOH Malawi, we continue to take the government’s COVID-19 orders and World Health Organization guidelines very seriously. Each child upon arrival washes their hands with soap. Then they have their temperature taken and recorded in the log before they enter class. All VOH Malawi children have masks to wear and assigned seating to ensure they know where to sit as we work to maintain physical distancing. Temperatures are taken two more times throughout the day to ensure no fever develops as the day goes on. These protocols have easily integrated into the ebb and flow of daily operations at our centre. It takes extra time, but the safety of our children and staff is our highest priority.

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

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

VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: Meet Nailla

Meet Nailla! She is a very talented young girl and loves to finger crochet! She especially likes to make bags, gloves, caps, and scarves. Nailla, is a grade seven student at VOH Maramvya and is 13 years old. Each day after school, she comes directly to the VOH centre to have lunch and then she attends our after school tutoring sessions. Before heading home, she often takes time to work on her finger crocheting projects. Nailla’s mother is among the widows who left the city of Bujumbura to come and settle in Maramvya and she is so thankful that Nailla has the opportunity to continue her education and explore special skills like crocheting. Nailla’s vision is to finish her studies and help her mother and all her family by selling the items she makes. She is very happy to be a part of our VOH Maramvya family!

VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Closing off the Year at Save a Life Center

The Save a Life Center staff at VOH Mongu have wrapped up the year for all the mothers and children in the feeding and therapy programs. As the year is nearing a close, we took the opportunity to provide a special meal for each mother and their child. It was so touching to see how their faces were filled with joy, smiles, and thanks. It is not only our desire to see to it that the children are provided with food and good health care, but also that the moms know they are not alone and that we love and support them, too!

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Birthday Celebration!

Recently at VOH Zimbabwe, we had a double birthday celebration at one of our children’s homes. We celebrated Nicole and Makanaka’s birthdays. Nicole turned 11 and Makanaka turned 6. Makanaka was brought to VOH soon after birth when her mother passed on. She was very tiny and malnourished but by the grace of God, she is here today to celebrate her 6th year alongside her VOH sister Nicole who also has lost her parents The girls’ house mother made a birthday cake for Makanaka and Nicole’s cake was made by Purity, a staff member here at VOH that has become like a big sister to her. Seeing the two girls enjoy their cakes with their VOH family brought everyone a lot of happiness! We wish them both many more years of joy and happiness.