This Week: Creating art and returning to school!

VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Second Term Complete!

At VOH Bwiza, our preschool students just completed their second term. We are happy to announce they all did very well! As the children were leaving for a short school break, we reminded their guardians how to ensure their children are safe at all times. During the training, we reminded the children to avoid strangers and make sure they are with safe people wherever they go.

VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: Creativity and Art

Recently at VOH Chongwe, our students conducted a project under one of the subjects in their curriculum called Creative Technology Studies on Art and Design. The subject involves using locally available resources such as plants, soil, seeds, sticks, paper, cardboard boxes, etc. The activity under this subject helps the pupils be creative, innovative, and resourceful. The grade 2 pupils were so excited to make houses using paper and cardboard; they had great fun and enjoyed every moment. Meanwhile, our preschool students were busy working on their painting projects. They painted different things of their choice, and there were smiles all around!

VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Thank You, Charles!

Meet Charles, who joined VOH Kitwe in 2005 as a Landscaper. Currently, Charles is working as the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) Coordinator, instructing our former grade 12 students. Through our YEP program, students are taught agricultural, entrepreneurial, computer, tailoring, and electrical skills to prepare them for their future. During the program’s agriculture component, Charles and the students have had success with maize, tomatoes, eggplants, cabbages, and more. Charles is also spearheading our landscaping and food production on site. We thank God for Charles’s contribution to our VOH Kitwe center!

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: Education Supervision

In conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the government of Zambia is visiting schools to monitor how teaching and learning are taking place. At VOH Luongo, we recently invited an external supervisor from VOH Kitwe to observe how teaching and learning are taking place. Our guest monitored grades 2, 3, and 4 and was pleased with what she found. The teaching and learning materials were easy to understand, and the methodologies used were in line with the lesson delivery. It’s good to know that our VOH Luongo teachers are on the right track. Our external supervising guest also encouraged the students to continue working hard at school. We are grateful for the support from VOH Kitwe!

VOH Malawi Update: Spending Time Together

Every week on Wednesday afternoons, VOH Malawi staff visit the kids who live in our children’s home. We have seven kids at the children’s home and a total of 243 kids attending school at our Center. To ensure our kids living at the children’s home feel our love and presence, we visit them weekly and share the word of God with them and play lots of fun games. Our staff enjoys these visits a lot! This week Mr. Maziya shared the story of Paul. We later played a game called Jeng and ate ice cream!

VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Discussing the African Charter

This week at VOH Mongu, some of our eight and nine-year-old students enjoyed learning about the African Charter on African children’s rights and welfare. With the help of two of our staff members, Clarissa and Musi, our kids can engage themselves in different activities like this to help them grow. They met on Zoom for this particular session, led by Uncle Serge (VOH Africa Director). Students from VOH Chongwe and VOH Kitwe were all part of the Zoom meeting. They watched a video about the African Charter and then discussed what they learned. The students loved getting to interact with others through zoom. They were so happy to be part of this program!

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Returning to School!

Recently at VOH Zimbabwe, schools were allowed to reopen after an extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the reopening, the students were ready for new uniforms. So the children and caregivers were busy taking care of that. The children could not hide the excitement of going back to school!