This Week: Hope Packs, Returning to School, and Fire Drills

VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Grade 9 Exams

Grade nine students in Burundi are currently writing their national exams, and here at VOH Bwiza, our students are hard at work! A lot of preparation ensured that our students had opportunities to learn the materials and perform well on the exams. A big thank you to our teachers who stay close to their students throughout this time to make sure things are going well and to offer any additional support they may require as they study. National exams are a tool for students to determine which areas of study they enjoy and get good results. They use their results to help guide them towards the areas of study they want to focus on in the future. Some of the possible options include teaching, medicine, science, accounting, and computer technology. We are so thankful that with the help of our supporters, we see our children looking at a future of hope!

VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: New School Clothes!

This week at VOH Chongwe, our preschool students were excited to each receive a uniform and new pair of shoes. This is their first time getting uniforms and shoes, and it brought joy and big smiles to their faces. When these little kids join our program, they usually come in secondhand clothes that are often not in good condition. We want to say a big thank you to each of our sponsors and generous donors for making it possible for us to put smiles on the faces of our kids!

VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Fire Drill

This week at VOH Kitwe, we conducted one of our quarterly fire drills. These drills are an important reminder for staff and children of our fire safety protocols. We appreciate the support of our local fire department for helping with these drills. The children were excited to be part of the training and see demonstrations on putting out a fire using a fire extinguisher. Our Child Safeguarding Officer also gave a presentation. It was a fun and informative time for all.

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: Hope Packs!

This week at VOH Luongo, we were happy to distribute Hope Packs to our children once again! For some of the children who were just recently enrolled, it’s their first time to receive these Packs. Some of the essential goodies contained in the Packs include Mealie Meal, cooking oil, sugar, salt, laundry soap, toothpaste, and miscellaneous healthcare products. Most of the parents of the VOH children are unemployed and struggle to meet their family’s basic needs consistently. They are so grateful to VOH and our donors for this vital program!

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VOH Malawi Update: Meeting New Teachers

Schools in Malawi have resumed for the second term, and at VOH Malawi, our kids have come back with lots of energy! They were incredibly excited to see how our teaching family expanded when they met our three new teachers: Chisomo, Edith, and Francis! All three come with lots of experience and a heart for the work of VOH. Edith is a graduate of our VOH program, and it’s so encouraging to see her coming back to VOH as a staff member after getting her teaching qualifications. Edith’s accomplishments give so much encouragement to all of us as we see that the work we do impacts the kids that we serve and their families!

VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Painted Classrooms!

All of us at VOH Mongu are so happy that our kids are back to school after being on break. We were so excited to surprise them with all of the things we have done around the school while they were gone! The kids were thrilled when they saw their newly painted classrooms and the cheery, freshly painted wall. The fresh, bright atmosphere will make the kids happy and give them the zeal to come to school every day and learn in these beautiful classrooms. We are so glad that our entire staff here at VOH Mongu joined hands as one family and took part in this memorable activity that has brought so much joy to our kids. We thank each person that took part in this special project!

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Thank You, Mr. Kangai!

This time of year in Zimbabwe, farmers harvest their crops from the fields. The staple food for this part of the world is ‘sadza’ (a corn-based, thick porridge). One community member, Mr. Kangai, planted a test piece of land for a government concept. It was very successful, and we are so happy to report that he decided to donate all the produce to the children at VOH so their families can make Sadza with it! It a great thing when we see the community supporting the children of VOH. Thank you, Mr. Kangai!