This Week: Learning to Keep Our Environment Clean

This week at VOH Africa, we met with other teachers, cleaned the school grounds, and learned how to draw!

VOH Bulale (Tanzania): Environment Day

This week at VOH Bulale, we held an “Environment Day.” Our teachers have been teaching the children how to keep their environment clean and maintain good health. 

Our Environmental and Health Club members came to school over the weekend to clean up the school grounds. They removed all the solid waste and cleaned the school grounds and classrooms. They also received valuable training on the importance of environmental conservation. 

We are thrilled with the collaboration between these two clubs, as it will help our students understand the importance of maintaining a clean environment. 

With these clubs’ combined efforts and our dedicated teachers, we are confident we will see a positive change at our centre and within our community. 

Together, we can make a difference!

VOH Chongwe (Zambia): Meeting with Local Teachers

Recently, at VOH Chongwe, we hosted a cluster meeting of Secondary School teachers from various schools in our area. We were honoured to be chosen to host such an important event.

The gathering allowed teachers to share their knowledge and help each other sharpen their teaching skills. They discussed different methods and techniques they use to teach their students, focusing on the most effective ones.

We are always looking for ways to enhance and improve our students’ learning, and having the chance to learn from other teachers and swap knowledge is a privilege. 

Thanks to this event, we are confident our children will benefit from better teaching in this final term of the school year!

VOH Kitwe (Zambia): Meet Simon

Meet Simon, a grade 11 student here at VOH Kitwe. 

Simon is among our most essential and skilled Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists (JETS) Club members. He is committed to coordinating and improving many science projects alongside his teacher. 

Simon has shown his innovative ideas by developing rechargeable batteries using disposable materials. Some materials include carbon, electrodes, aluminum or plastic containers, lemons, salt and soda. The resulting battery had a voltage of 2.5V, surpassing the original batteries. 

When he presented this project at the inter-school JETS competition, he came in second in the Physics and Renewable Energy category! This achievement allowed him to represent our VOH Kitwe School and the district at the inter-district JETS competition. During the competition, his project was embraced and appreciated by the staff present and the competition judges. 

Simon’s effort has allowed our school to gain recognition at the district level, and he has inspired many other students who have also joined the JETS club!

VOH Malawi: Distributing Bibles

This week at VOH Malawi, we were overjoyed to distribute donated Bibles to our children of varying ages. 

Children aged 6 to 7 received “My First Bible” editions with vivid illustrations to aid their comprehension. Those 8-11 years old received Bibles in our local language, Chichewa, which aligns with their linguistic understanding. The older group, aged 12 and above, received Good News Bibles following the Ministry of Education’s recommendation. 

This compassionate gesture is deeply appreciated, as it furthers one of our core values at VOH Malawi: nurturing discipleship. 

We are so grateful to the generous donors who gifted us these Bibles!

VOH Maramvya (Burundi): Soy Harvest

This week at VOH Maramvya, we harvested the soy we’ve been growing on-site in our garden. 

We have been using some of the undeveloped land at our centre for farming, and soy was a priority due to its nutritional value.  

Our centre gardener worked hand-in-hand with the children’s guardians to prepare this nutritious crop, which will be used in our feeding program to make porridge for the children!

VOH Mongu (Zambia): Isaac Gives Back

This week at VOH Mongu, we’re thrilled to share the heartwarming story of Isaac, one of our former students. Isaac has dedicated his time to teaching our primary school students drawing. 

Isaac is a talented artist. Recognizing the importance of art education, he gives back to VOH by sharing his passion and skills with the younger generation. 

Each week, Isaac inspires eager young learners with his art classes. He introduces them to new techniques, encourages creativity, and fosters personal growth through self-expression. Beyond technical skills, Isaac emphasizes the power of imagination and self-confidence. 

His classes have become a much-anticipated highlight for our primary students. Many students have discovered their artistic talent and newfound confidence under his mentorship. 

Isaac’s dedication reflects the values instilled in him during his time at VOH Mongu. His story is a powerful reminder that there are many ways to measure success, and contributing to the community is important. 

Isaac’s positive impact on our school through his art showcases the lasting influence of education, mentorship, and community support. We take immense pride in his contributions, demonstrating the spirit of giving back and nurturing compassion and service.

At VOH Mongu, we remain committed to shaping a brighter future by instilling these values in our students, with inspiring individuals like Isaac leading the way!

VOH Mwanza (Tanzania): UTSS Students Receive Bibles

Our UTSS students here at VOH Mwanza were privileged to receive Bible gifts from UTSS CEO Peter Ash. 

Peter believes that all students should receive the opportunity to learn and explore the riches of the Bible on their own. Therefore, he encouraged the students to read their Bible as much as possible. 

The students were excited to receive the Bibles, signed with their names. They thanked Peter Ash and assured him they would read regularly. 

We are very grateful to Peter Ash for such a timeless gift!

VOH Zimbabwe: Staff Team Work

It has become a custom at VOH Zimbabwe to meet as staff before the beginning of the new school term to remind ourselves of our purpose.

In preparation for the third term, we invited one of the board members, Rev Munaki, to conduct team-building lessons and activities. It was a tremendous and beneficial time for the staff members, even though some muscles were sore at the end of the day!

Taking care of children is a collective effort and requires everyone to play their part to support each other in the various departments. Together, we stand, and divided, we fall. 

Our staff are now ready for the new term ahead!

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