VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Princia’s Story
At VOH Bwiza, we are very thankful and amazed by the transformation made in our children’s lives through the ministry of VOH. This week we would like you to meet Princia, who lives in our children’s homes. Princia has been part of VOH Bwiza since we opened our doors in 2010. She loves being in school and works very hard. During her free time, Princia likes to dance to traditional songs. She also loves gospel music and praises God through singing. Princia is now doing grade 9 and is very thankful for the support she has received from VOH.
We want to thank all of our sponsors for making stories like Princia’s possible! You can sponsor a child like Princia by visiting vohafrica.com/child-sponsorship
VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: Preventing Malaria
Despite being treatable and preventable, malaria is one of the deadliest diseases in Africa. This week, the Zambian Ministry of Health distributed mosquito nets to all households country-wide to reduce the number of malaria cases and mitigate the high mortality rates, especially in children under five. VOH Chongwe was so thankful to be a part of this mosquito net distribution. Every VOH Chongwe child, both in the community and those living in a children’s home on site, was given a brand new mosquito net! We are so grateful for this meaningful gesture from our government!
VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Agatha’s Story
This week VOH Kitwe would like to share Agatha’s story. After losing both her parents at a very young age, Agatha came to live in one of our children’s homes at VOH Kitwe because her grandparents were not well enough to take care of her. After graduating grade 12, Agatha decided she wanted to move in with her grandparents to take care of them. Shortly after graduating, Agatha was sponsored to go to college through Broadway Church. Agatha was so thankful for this opportunity. She studied teaching at the Zambia Institute of Business Studies and Industrial Practice (ZIBSIP). We are so excited to say that Agatha graduated from teacher’s college in December 2020! Currently, she is working at our VOH Kitwe School, teaching our grade 9 class. Agatha is so grateful for VOH and our supporters (especially Broadway Church) for the opportunities she’s been given.
VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: Learning to Read!
Ensuring our children learn how to read and write at an early age is important to us at VOH Luongo! This week our grade 3 and 4 children were so excited to read aloud in class to their friends. Our staff at VOH are always thinking of new ways to teach literacy to the children, especially now that they have limited time to spend in class due to COVID-19. Encouraging children to interact with different books has been a great way to improve their literacy.
VOH Malawi Update: School Reopening
Here at VOH Malawi, our school has been closed for five weeks due to COVID-19 closures. During this period, we meet with the students only briefly to distribute Hope Packs and homework. Last week the government announced that schools can now resume due to a reduction in cases. They directed every school to follow strict health and safety procedures when they reopen. Every person found on the school campus, including the kids, must wear masks, practice social distancing, and wash and sanitize their hands at the stations provided.
You can support our work during COVID-19 by giving Hope Packs! Visit vohafrica.com/hope-packs to learn more
VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: Thanking our Cooks
At VOH Maramvya, we want to shine a spotlight on our cooks who get up very early each morning to prepare meals for the children. To allow time to prepare the children’s porridge, one of the cooks must arrive at work at 5 a.m. so the children can eat before school. Joselyne and Chadrack are exceptional cooks, and they work very well together. Every day, they faithfully distribute meals to the children and always plan for the next day. The most important thing that Joselyne and Chadrack have in common is that they love children very much and are ready to do anything for their well-being. We are so grateful for them both!
VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Keeping our Grounds Beautiful!
Meet Kashweka and Steven, two of our amazing staff members here at VOH Mongu. These two great men are known for their hard work and zeal to maintain and keep our grounds clean and welcoming; they are a great example of commitment and hard work for our children! Most recently, Kashweka and Steven have been working hard on our landscaping, planting flowers and grass. We love and appreciate our staff members so much here at VOH Mongu, and It is such a blessing to have such great, hardworking, and passionate staff! Together we are making VOH Mongu a place of hope for our kids and the community!
VOH Zimbabwe Update: Tiling Floors
At VOH Zimbabwe, we are tiling all nine of our children’s homes. So far, we have completed two of the homes, and they are looking great! We are currently working on the third home, which we hope to be complete in the next few days. The whole project should be finished by the end of April!