This Week: Learning to Read!

Giving Tuesday: Donate Graphic Bibles

Last Tuesday (November 30th) was Giving Tuesday and we launched a campaign to raise funds for graphic Bibles for the VOH children. A big thank you to everyone who has given so far!

There is still time to support the campaign by using the form below!

VOH Bwiza (Burundi) Update: Donavine Gets Married!

Donavine has been a dedicated part of our VOH Bwiza staff for eight years! She is a great blessing to the children under her care. This past week she got married, and we were blessed to join her on this special day! One of the highlights of her celebration is that VOH graduate Samson and his wife were the Best Man and Maid of honour! We are truly blessed to be a part of Donavine’s wedding, and we celebrate with her on this special occasion!

VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: Ministry of Health Donates to Clinic

VOH Chongwe is so thankful to the Ministry of Health for supporting our clinic! We are so grateful that they continue to recognize and appreciate our work through our healthcare program. Today they donated an additional handwashing station and a fridge for storing our medicines and vaccines.

VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Raising Chickens!

This week, we are happy to share that VOH Kitwe’s agriculture department has started raising chickens as we continue to expand our ongoing food production program. We started with only 14 chickens, and now we have more than 50! These chickens are free-range and enjoy being amongst natural vegetation with plenty of space. The hens lay and incubate at least ten eggs each, and the hatch rate is overwhelming. They are easy to keep and manage because they feed on maize bran and are very healthy because of the open environment. We plan to keep 50 chickens for continued production, sell the excess, and use the funds to support our agriculture program further.

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: Government Exams

This week has been busy but exciting as VOH Luongo’s first grade 7 students wrote their government examinations. Agatha, Humphrey, and Martha are three of the students who have been tirelessly studying. We are confident their hard work will pay off, and they will pass with flying colours. This year they are writing their exams at VOH Kitwe because the VOH Kitwe school is registered with the Ministry of Education as an examination centre. We have also applied to be an examination centre here at VOH Luongo, and we are confident we will have approval for next year’s exams. Writing government exams is an excellent achievement for these students, and we are so proud of them. We believe they will be role models for the younger students at our school!

VOH Malawi Update: Thank You, Gilbert and Yosofat!

At VOH Malawi, we value our relationships amongst our staff. Gilbert and Yosofat are two of the long-serving team at VOH Malawi, and they have seen many seasons pass at our Centre. They are hard to separate because they love working together. They take care of the gardening between the two of them and keep our Centre clean and welcoming. They got their new work suits and boots this week, which made them very happy! This is just one small way we can show them how appreciated they are by everyone at our Centre!

VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: Local Women Volunteer

At VOH Maramvya, we are continually amazed by the support we receive from the community. This week, as we were just about to hire people to weed our soybean and cornfields, a group of dedicated women who had seen the need volunteered to do the work for us, free of charge! We were so grateful for the kind gesture! Some of the women are parents or guardians of VOH children, but many simply want to support our ministry. The community sees the work we are doing and is always looking for ways to contribute and show their appreciation, which we are so grateful for. May God bless each of these humble and helpful women.

VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Meet Wamunyima

Meet Wamunyima. He’s an intelligent young man and one of our many kids here at VOH Mongu centre who have big dreams for their future. Wamunyima wants to be a doctor and is grateful for VOH because everyone always encourages and inspires him to study hard. He also enjoys reading with his friends and especially loves doing backflips. Wamunyima lives in one of the children’s homes at our Centre, and one of the ways he loves to help his housemother is by washing dishes. We teach our children that it’s important to love and show kindness to others and to love God and love themselves!

VOH Mwanza (Tanzania) Update: Nyasaka Satellite

Welcome to VOH Mwanza’s satellite location at Nyasaka. This satellite location was built in Nyasaka to respond to the needs of the area. We focus on providing a safe environment for early childhood learning to set a solid academic foundation for children to carry into the future. We serve 15 children ages 4-5 years old through this satellite program. The children are eager to learn and have fun. We recently received a donation of storybooks. This donation has provided an opportunity for these young students to improve their English and storytelling skills. The children enjoy relaxing on their comfy mats while practicing their reading skills. We are delighted to see them enjoying these fun moments and learning a lot at the same time!

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Meet Denzel

VOH Zimbabwe would like you to meet Denzel. He is 11 years old and in grade 5. Recently, Denzel tripped and broke his arm. We immediately were able to check for any injury from the accident at our clinic, and then we took him to the hospital, where they performed wrist surgery. They had to reposition his wrist, which was injured from the fall. Denzel was in surgery for two hours and then spent the next three days in the hospital. We visited him regularly, and when he was discharged, Denzel came back to VOH with a cast on the arm. He is a very jovial guy, and he had a lot of fun showing everyone his cast! Ordinarily, Denzel loves running around and playing soccer, but he will be taking it a bit easier while his wrist completely heals. We wish Denzel a speedy recovery and are so thankful that we can provide this type of medical care for our children, thanks to our sponsors and supporters!

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