This Week: Innovative Gardening and COVID-19 Testing

VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Preparing for Exams

At VOH Bwiza, our students are busy preparing for their final exams. We always encourage students to work hard throughout the school year to help them feel confident when exams come. We are excited for our students and know their hard work will pay off during their upcoming exams. We are also very thankful to the teachers and educational support volunteers for their dedication!

VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: COVID-19 Testing

We are delighted that we now have a supply of COVID-19 testing kits at our VOH Chongwe Clinic! Testing will be mandatory for any staff or children at our Center who have COVID-19 symptoms. We are also making testing available to those in the surrounding community. Testing for COVID-19 is essential because it slows down the spread of the pandemic in our communities. We continue to inform our staff, children, and neighbouring community about the importance of protecting themselves and others from getting infected by following basic protection measures and, now, by getting tested. We are very thankful that we can provide this service to our community!

VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Distributing Hope Packs!

Here at VOH Kitwe, we were delighted to distribute another round of Hope Packs to those identified as the most vulnerable children in the school. It was a joyous time for the children and their guardians when they received their packs! The guardians were invited to be part of the distribution and ensured the children were safe with their packs when walking home. We plan to distribute more Hope Packs in the coming weeks and know that this is much-needed ongoing support for our VOH kids and their families during these challenging times. We thank VOH Africa for the Hope pack initiative and each person who has participated in making these types of distributions possible–they are making a huge difference in the lives of our children and their families!

You can donate Hope Packs today by visiting vohafrica.com/hopepacks

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: Growing Vegetables in Sacks

This week at VOH Luongo, several members from VOH Kitwe’s Youth Empowerment Program visited. They were joined by VOH Kitwe Director, Everlyn, and Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) Coordinator, Charles. The group came to see how VOH Luongo’s agriculture initiative is taking shape. This unique project involves growing vegetables in sacks. This type of growing is great for space, agricultural inputs, and water-saving. The plan is to emulate what VOH Luongo is doing within our agricultural program at VOH Kitwe.

VOH Malawi Update: Meet Greshan

This week at VOH Malawi we are celebrating Greshan. Greshan has been our transportation officer since 2016 and is our go-to guy when we need to pick up supplies or do anything in town. When he is not driving somewhere on behalf of our Center, he is involved in other daily operations. Greshan has also played a key role in our reintegration program that started a few years back. He knows where the children who reunited with their families live, and he is in a good relationship with their caregivers. It is a blessing to have Greshan as part of our staff!

VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: Health Checkups!

This week at VOH Maramvya, we measured the height and weight of the children at our Center. Keeping a record of these measurements is an essential part of monitoring and caring for the health of our children. These measurements provide early detection of potential health problems and ensure our children receive extra nutritional support when needed. We are grateful that the Health Center of Maramvya set aside two days to help us with this important program!

VOH Mwanza (Tanzania) Update: Sports Day!

This week at VOH Mwanza, we held a Sports Day. Our primary school in Nyegezi joined our VOH Bulale primary school, and we had a great time together participating in different sporting activities. The kids had so much fun! The day gave the kids an opportunity to develop skills in teamwork and exposed them to various activities. We were thrilled to see our teaching and medical staff lead by example by taking part in the fun. Their participation made the event even more exciting! Thank you so much to all of the day’s event organizers for their hard work and effort in making this day such a great success!

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Celebrating Ropa and Tonde

VOH Zimbabwe would like you to meet Ropa. Ropa lived in a children’s home at our Center until she completed grade 12 and then moved into one of our youth homes while attending post-secondary to become a diesel mechanic! After completing the classroom portion of her training, Ropa went for her practical industrial training, where she met Tonde, who was also training to become a heavy-duty mechanic. Their relationship developed, and this past week Ropa and Tonde were married! June is usually a cold month, and it did not disappoint. It was very windy and chilly in the morning, but we braved the cold to celebrate with them! Ropa has been an inspiration to many children at our Center. She has shown that your plans and hopes for the future can come to fruition, even when the odds seem to be against you. We celebrate with Ropa and Tonde on this special event and wish them a blissful marriage.

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