This Week: VOH kids growing up!

VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Alphonse’s Story

Meet Alphonse from VOH Bwiza. Alphonse’s mother abandoned him when he was around three years old. She asked a neighbour to keep him for her for a while and said she would come back, but sadly, she never returned. A lady who was part of a pastoral team in Alphonse’s area met him, heard his story, and brought him to VOH. We were happy to welcome him to our VOH family and offer him love. From that day, he has been loved and cared for at VOH. Alphonse started Preschool and did very well. He also moved into one of our children’s homes, where he found a loving family. Alphonse is now a very joyful boy; we can see the difference through his before and after pictures. We thank God for Alphonse and all the changes in his life!

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VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: Richard Completes Junior High!

Meet 17-year-old Richard from VOH Chongwe. Richard lost both of his parents at a young age. In 2011 when he was only six years old, Richard moved into one of the children’s homes here at our Center. Richard has lived a happy life at VOH ever since. Richard has found a loving family, and he has grown to be a happy and intelligent young man. He has just completed junior high with high marks and is now starting senior high. Richard hopes to become a pilot one day! We want to thank all of our sponsors for making stories like Richard’s possible.

VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Health Check-Ups

This week at VOH Kitwe, we conducted our annual health check-ups by measuring and weighing all the children. During these check-ups, we assess the growth and progress of the children. If any are not doing well, we monitor and put extra care into their daily nutrition.

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: Home Economics

At VOH Luongo, we know the importance of teaching our students practical skills that are part of the Zambian curriculum. This week the Grade 7 students learned how to steam eggs in their home economics class. The teacher explained and gave instructions on how to steam eggs and allowed the children to practice. We are so grateful that we have the facilities to offer these lessons right here at the VOH Luongo center!

VOH Malawi Update: Reuniting Children with Family

At VOH Malawi, we began the process of reuniting some children with their biological relatives in 2016. To date, 74 children have been reunited with their families! Malawi’s government initiated this program to ensure only those who have no living relatives reside in children’s homes. We continue to care for the children living with their relatives by providing them with free education, healthcare, nutrition, and discipleship. Recently, we held regional meetings for the relatives. This year the VOH team acted and filmed videos to help bring some case studies to life. Everyone enjoyed working together and learning new ways to care for their children.

VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: New Classrooms!

The classrooms that we began building for our primary school children here at VOH Maramvya are almost complete! When they’re done, we will have a total of six classrooms here at our Center! Our children love that they have clean and spacious rooms to study in, and their parents are thankful their children can be in school! In the future, we have plans to build other classrooms for vocational training, particularly for young people. We are thankful for the opportunity to help the community of Maramvya by showing them God’s love through the help we provide.

VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Mothers Give Back

This week, mothers from nearby communities helped clean around our Center at VOH Mongu. We are so grateful for their commitment to their children’s well-being and for the hard work they put in to help care for our VOH Center!

VOH Mwanza (Tanzania) Update: Paul Becomes a Pharmacist!

Paul, a young professional in the Pharmaceutical Industry, has inspired and motivated many VOH Mwanza children to dream big and work hard towards their dreams. Paul’s parents abandoned him when he was very young. He found refuge at VOH Mwanza (back then known as Starehe). At a young age, Paul enjoyed helping others and looked for ways to encourage the discouraged. He graduated in 2016 and went on to study Pharmaceutical Sciences in Dar es Salaam. After he graduated from post-secondary, he came back home to Mwanza, eager to help his community. Paul is now a pharmacist at a local hospital. He also assists our staff at VOH, ensuring the pharmacy at our clinic is well supplied with all the medication it needs at the most affordable rates. It has been a delight to see Paul become a young professional, and we are so grateful for how he is giving back to VOH and his community!

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Ropafadzo Gets Married!

This week we are in a celebratory mood at VOH Zimbabwe! We are saying a huge congratulations to Ropafadzo, who got married this week. Ropafadzo has been at VOH for over five years. She lost both her parents at a young age and had a difficult childhood before coming to us. Ropafadzo completed high school and studied motor mechanics. She is now a qualified diesel mechanic. Her wedding day was a great day for her and everyone at VOH celebrating with her. Congratulations, Ropafadzo! We wish you all the very best in your marriage!