This Week: harvesting crops and learning to cook!

VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Keeping Healthy

Our children’s health is important to us, and we always want to know how they are progressing physically. One way to achieve this is by regularly checking each child’s height and weight to see how they have improved and quickly identify any negative changes. This week at VOH Bwiza, we conducted health checks for all of the children. We are very thankful to share we found all the children are growing at a healthy rate. We are sure our daily feeding program plays a significant role in this success!

VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: Everisto’s Story

Meet Evaristo, one of the children from the nearby community who attends our VOH Center daily. Evaristo lives with his loving grandmother. His grandmother works very hard to earn a living. Everisto first came to VOH through our special holiday feeding program when he was only five years old and not yet in school. Today Evaristo is eight, he’s in grade 2, and his life has completely changed. He is a happy young boy, and he is doing very well in school! His grandma is so thankful for the support he receives!

We want to thank our donors and sponsors for helping us make a difference in the lives of children like Everisto!

VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Equipping Youth for the Future

VOH Kitwe’s Youth Empowerment Program is growing every day! This week, our new Grade 8 students learned how to harvest the cabbages they planted. Through this program, they also receive cooking lessons, which take place in the youth kitchen right here at the Center. Both boys and girls are so excited to be a part of the program because they learn valuable life skills. Just as our Youth Empowerment Program motto says: “Equipping the youth for a healthy adulthood.”

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: New Map of Zambia!

Meet the Grade 7 students of VOH Luongo. This week they are celebrating the new map of Zambia painting on the school wall! The map of Zambia is already enhancing their learning, particularly in geography and social studies. Our staff are happy, too, as they know the map will help bring their lessons to life and will be used for years to come.

VOH Malawi Update: Spiritual Learning

Every Thursday at VOH Malawi, the staff come together for what we call our “Alpha” gathering. We go through different series and books in the Bible recorded by pastors and other gospel speakers. Currently, we are going through the book of Colossians. These gatherings help us stay knowledgeable about the Bible so we can provide the best spiritual guidance and care to the children.

VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: Modelling COVID-19 Safety

At VOH Maramvya, we are determined to do all we can to keep our children and their families safe during this pandemic. We continue to remind our children regularly of the simple things they can do to protect themselves and their families. We remind them about washing their hands regularly, wearing masks, not shaking hands, and keeping a safe distance. We believe we can set a good example for the people in Maramvya to follow and do so while continuing to care for the children.

VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Meet Timo

VOH Mongu would like you to meet Timo, one of our grade 2 students. Timo loves to smile and play with his friends. He loves playing with his flute, toy cars, and animals. He loves to be around people, too and gets involved in almost every fun activity at the Center. He is a kind, loving, and intelligent boy who loves his housemother Charity. She teaches him everything that he needs to know to grow up healthy and whole. It’s been such a huge blessing to have Timo here at VOH Mongu since he was a baby, and we know God has great plans for him!

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Bountiful Harvest!

When you put a seed in the ground, you hope to receive a good harvest. Here in Zimbabwe, we got a fair amount of rain this season, and our children at the Center took advantage and planted maize, which is Zimbabwe’s staple food. Now it’s time to harvest. It’s beautiful to see the positive results of our labour! We are expecting a bumper harvest this season! There is excitement at the Centre as everyone is ready and geared up to enjoy the product of their hard work. We are thankful to God for the rains, as it also means the community around us will have their basic food requirements met, too!