This Week: celebrating mothers, making scones, learning computers

VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Preparing for Exams

AT VOH Bwiza, the second term of our school year is approaching its end. Our children are very busy preparing for their examinations. The students know that this second term is critical because they have to focus and work hard to prepare for end-of-year exams. The students are concentrating and working hard, so they can get good marks. We are praying for each of them and wish them all of the best in their exams.

VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: Computer Lab!

This past week at VOH Chongwe, we enjoyed introducing our grade 2 students to our computer lab. The kids were so excited to use a computer, most for the first time! This year they will learn basic computer skills. Computer Studies is a part of the Zambia curriculum, and in their first year, they will become familiar with the digital world and computer science. The children are all super excited!

VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Baking Scones!

There are no dull moments in the day-to-day lives of the children who live in the children’s homes here at VOH Kitwe! Learning life skills is something the Zambian government encourages teachers and parents to teach their children at home. The children at VOH Kitwe are no exception; we teach them skills that include house chores, gardening, and baking. This week, the children were busy baking scones with their house mom. They were so excited to learn how to bake, and their mom was happy to see how excited they were. This skill may even help them earn a living in the future. We are so glad all of our kids are excited to take part in learning new things!

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: Classroom Building Complete!

This week at VOH Luongo, we are super excited to share that our school building, which we started using early this year, is now complete! We love the spacious and well-ventilated classrooms. The kids are thrilled to have their classrooms painted and looking so beautiful. The staff and children have pledged to make sure the building is kept clean and in good repair, and we are teaching our students the importance of learning in a clean environment and maintaining it. The parents and the entire community surrounding us are grateful for the development that is taking place. We thank our donors for the financial support that allows our children to learn in such a wonderful school environment!

VOH Malawi Update: COVID-19 Inspections

At VOH Malawi, we are so grateful for our staff’s teamwork. COVID-19 has seen a cycle of all schools being closed and then reopened many times. Any time schools are allowed to reopen, the government conducts inspections to ensure all preventive measures are followed. Our team has worked hard to ensure we pass these inspections and our children can continue learning safely. All students and staff have masks, all teachers have sanitizers, all classrooms have handwashing stations, and physical distancing is practiced at all times. We are proud to say we have been admired as one of the top institutions in following all preventive measures, and we are very proud of all of our children and staff!

VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: Hand Washing

At VOH Maramvya, we teach our children the importance of hygiene as one of the ways to prevent illness. There are many illnesses that children can easily catch because of lack of cleanliness, including cholera, hepatitis A, and, more recently, COVID-19. One of the things we teach our children to do is always to be sure to wash their hands very well before and after meals and before and after using the toilet. Prevention is made easier through education!

VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Celebrating Our Heroes

Not all heroes wear capes; sometimes they wear Chitenge dresses! That’s true for our mothers here at VOH Mongu. Mother Bibian, Mother Debora, Mother Charity, and Mother Hellen are some of our many amazing staff members here at VOH Mongu. These ladies passionately care for the children who make up their sweet families living in children’s homes here at our Mongu Center. Whether they are cooking and cleaning or running after their little ones, the mothers always have a big smile on their faces because they know they are shaping the lives of some of Africa’s future leaders. We are thankful to all our mothers for all they do to providing a loving home for our children.

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Repairing our Walkways

The persistent rains that we have been getting recently in Zimbabwe were starting to make the brick walkways a challenge for our children here at VOH Zimbabwe. Due to the rains, they were often staying submerged in water, making them slippery. We are so proud of the children’s initiative in taking it upon themselves to repair the walkways and raise them up from the ground. Everyone gave 100%, and they did a fantastic job! This cooperative and responsible behaviour is a great example to everyone who saw their hard work and the finished product!