This Week: Clinic Supports Nearly 200 Children per Week!

This week at VOH Africa, we received new school uniforms, had fun in P.E. class, and treated nearly 200 children at our clinic!

Over $1,100 Raised for Christmas Hope Packs so Far!

We are so grateful to everyone who has donated Hope Packs so far! We’ve raised over $1,100 to date, and there’s still time to give!

Hope Packs are targeted fundraisers in the form of care packages designed to meet specific needs within the VOH community. This month, we are launching a special Christmas Hope Packs campaign! We want to bless VOH kids with a special gift that says, “You are special and loved.” Each Christmas Hope Pack contains essential and fun items, including toys, clothing, and candy.

Give a Christmas Hope Pack today for only $25 and put a big smile on the face of a VOH child! https://vohafrica.com/hopepacks

VOH Bulale (Tanzania) Update: Grade 4 Government Exams

VOH Bulale students in class preparing for their exams.

This year at VOH Bulale, we are thrilled to have our first Grade 4 class!

This year is also the first time Grade 4 students are required to write government exams, which take place this month. A total of 27 VOH Bulale students will be writing these exams.

Our teachers have put a lot of extra time and effort into helping, supporting, and enabling our students through extra lessons and one-on-one assistance.

We are confident everyone will perform well and be very happy with their results!

VOH Chongwe (Zambia) Update: P.E. Class!

VOH Chongwe students playing with hula hoops.

At VOH Chongwe, we pay close attention to the developmental stages of all children in our care.

One of the areas we monitor closely is each child’s physical education. P.E. is an academic subject characterized by physical activity. However, the class curriculum also provides cognitive content and instructions to develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviours for physical activity and physical fitness.

Our established physical education program provides students with the ability and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. We find that regular physical activity improves our student’s ability to concentrate in class, which results in deeper learning and better test results.

When they remain active, our students tend to stay on task longer without being easily distracted.

We are so grateful that our students love taking part in P.E. and that it helps keep them healthy and active!

VOH Kitwe (Zambia) Update: Blessings’ Story

Blessings reading a book in the VOH Kitwe library.

One of our core values at VOH Kitwe is to ensure children in our care get the best education possible.

This week, we would like to share Blessings’ education journey. Blessings joined our preschool eight years ago at six years old. Now, he is fourteen years and in Grade 7.

In a few weeks, Blessings will write his grade 7 government exams. He studies very hard and likes to do research in the school library. He is confident that he will pass with good marks.

When Blessings completes school, his dream is to become a medical doctor so he can offer health services in his community and support his family. We are so grateful to VOH Africa for giving hope to children like Blessings!

If you would like to sponsor a child like Blessings, visit our Child Sponsorship site!

VOH Luongo (Zambia) Update: Christmas Letters

VOH Luongo child writing a letter to their sponsor.

Time passes quickly, and it won’t be long until we are at the end of 2022.

Around this time each year, VOH Luongo children write special Christmas greetings to their sponsors. The kids are always thrilled to share with their sponsors how they will spend their Christmas here in Zambia with their families and also wish their sponsors a happy Christmas.

The younger children who are too young to write a message include beautiful drawings instead.

We are thankful to give our children an opportunity to connect with their sponsors and pass on their holiday greetings!

VOH Malawi Update: New School Uniforms!

VOH Malawi students wearing their new uniforms.

At VOH Malawi, we recently distributed new school uniforms to all our students.

Each year they receive a new school uniform and new school shoes. It’s always a big task to measure every child and have a new uniform made for them, but it is important and something we love to do! Kids grow fast, and it’s typical for the measurements that we took a year ago not to be accurate anymore.

Those who did not outgrow their previous uniforms now have an extra one they can use or pass on to someone else.

The kids were so excited to receive their beautiful new uniforms, and they and their caregivers appreciate every sponsor that helped make this possible!

VOH Maramvya (Burundi) Update: Letters to Sponsors

VOH Maramvya student writing a letter to their sponsor.

At VOH Maramvya, our children write letters to their sponsors at least twice per year.

The kids love writing to their sponsors and always look forward to it. They love having us help them connect with their sponsors to tell them how they are doing, how their families are and what they have been doing at school and home since the last time they wrote.

We are so grateful for all the children who already have sponsors and are hoping to see the rest sponsored soon so they also can enjoy having this very special person in their life!

You can sign up to sponsor a VOH Maramvya child today by visiting our Child Sponsorship Site!

VOH Mongu (Zambia) Update: Parents Supporting their Children’s Recovery

VOH Mongu staff working with parent and child from the therapy and feeding program.

Recently at VOH Mongu, mothers of the children in our therapy and feeding program worked hand-in-hand with our staff during their children’s therapy sessions.

During this time, the mothers also learned about their children’s developmental health and specific exercises they’ve been given to improve their children’s motor skills.

We are grateful for how committed the children’s parents are to their recovery and how they show appreciation and support by getting involved themselves!

VOH Mwanza (Tanzania) Update: Farewell, Delvinius! Welcome, Raphael!

VOH Mwanza staff shaking hands

VOH Mwanza has been blessed to have had Delvinius serve as one of our interns for almost eight months as a social worker!

Delvinius has worked very well with the children, housemothers, and staff as part of the VOH Mwanza family. His internship has ended, and now he’ll go to University for further studies.

Meanwhile, we have welcomed Raphael, who has taken over Delvinius’ position. He will oversee all of the things Delvinius was responsible for. We are looking forward to another excellent working relationship with Raphael as he joins our VOH Mwanza team!

Thank you, Delvinius, and welcome, Raphael!

VOH Zimbabwe Update: Clinic Sees 200 Children Weekly!

VOH Zimbabwe clinic staff with parents weighing a baby from the community.

Our growth monitoring program is growing at VOH Zimbabwe!

Every week we encourage the students at our school to bring their parents with their younger baby siblings to our clinic.

The numbers have grown over the past few months, averaging nearly 200 children per week!

Our clinic’s popularity is mainly due to our availability of vaccines and quality of care. The other clinics in our area are struggling with vaccine availability and other requirements, and we are so grateful that we can meet these important needs through our VOH clinic.

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