This Week: Spreading love, sharing hope

VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Meet Emelyne

Meet Emelyne from VOH Bwiza. Emelyne is one of our children who inspires love and hope. She came to VOH in 2014 during a fellowship organized by Cross Church Burundi for street kids in Bujumbura. Emelyne was living on the streets at a very young age. She had no dad, and her mom could not provide basic care for her. She was not in school when she first joined our VOH Bwiza family, but she began attending our preschool and moved into one of our children’s homes. At VOH, Emelyne receives unconditional love and is taught God’s love. Emelyne is now in primary school. She is very healthy and clever and full of energy and happiness! She is friendly and displays joy and love to those around her. She especially likes to sing. We believe God has big plans for Emelyne, and we are very thankful for everyone who helps make these stories possible through their faithful support.

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VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: Health Monitoring

Monitoring the children’s development and well-being at VOH Chongwe is very important to us. We accomplish this by regularly recording the children’s height and weight. This exercise helps us monitor our children’s growth and health and identify any children who may need additional support.

VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Mary’s Story

This week VOH Kitwe would like to share Mary’s story. Mary grew up in one of our children’s homes. Before coming to VOH, Mary lived with her grandmother because both of her parents passed away. Sadly, when Mary was just eight years old, her grandmother also passed away. With nobody left to care for her, her uncle brought her to VOH Kitwe. Today, Mary is in college studying to be a teacher!

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: First Aid Training

Recently, medical personnel from VOH Kitwe visited our VOH Luongo site to offer First Aid training. Following the training, our staff cared for one of our children who was not feeling well, using the new skills they had just learned. The child is a grade two student and was brought in by their parent because the nearby government clinic did not have any malaria testing kits. We conducted a malaria test, which came back positive. We provided the child with medication and will continue to monitor them to ensure a fast recovery.

VOH Malawi Update: Donated Trees!

Here at VOH Malawi, we partner with other local organizations in various ways. Kumbali Construction is one of our partners, and they have been doing our construction as we continue to grow. This week, the company donated 180 shade trees to our VOH Center. We received 20 mahogany trees, 100 parasol trees, 40 camel foot trees, and 20 jacaranda trees! The VOH team is thrilled; the trees will provide shade all around our center in a few years to come. Some of our kids were excited to help the gardeners plant the trees!

VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: Harvest Season!

At VOH Maramvya, we are still in the harvest season. This week was a good time to harvest the sweet potatoes we have in our fields. They are a part of the regular meals we prepare for our children. Every Wednesday is sweet potato day. Eating the sweet potatoes allows the children to experience gardening’s hard work and payoff! We are very thankful for the parents of our children who faithfully come and cultivate and weed our fields. Together we can provide for those in our care!

VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Bibian’s Love

At VOH Mongu, we are so grateful for our staff, who provide care and support for our children daily. Bibian, one of our housemothers, cares for our youngest member, baby Sitali. Bibian has been with Sitali through each of her developmental stages, including when she started crawling and took her first steps! We are so thankful to see the love, care, and concern for every aspect of our children’s physical and spiritual growth exhibited by our staff. We pray that God continues to bless our mothers and all of our staff who sacrificially care for every VOH child!

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Tino’s Story

Tino came to live at VOH Zimbabwe when he was very young after his parents passed away. He was tiny and very malnourished. He’s much bigger now, and this week he volunteered to fix the lawn at the center! Tino has grown to be a fine young man and is doing very well in school. You see Tino, and you can’t help but smile because you can see the goodness of the Lord through him. He enjoys playing after school and helping out with the chores. We are so proud of him and grateful to have him as part of our VOH family!

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