This Week: Joining a Local Soccer League

This week at VOH Africa, we had our measurements taken, joined a soccer league and celebrated a 25% improvement in exam results!

VOH Bwiza: Infection Prevention

A highly contagious eye disease is spreading in our area, and frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread. 

At VOH Bwiza, we are thankful we can provide clean water for the children to wash their hands. 

We’ve set up multiple hand-washing stations inside and outside the buildings at our centre. 

We will continue with our preventative measures, and in the rare case that a child is infected, we will ensure they receive all the medical care they need. 

We are thankful that most of our children have not contracted the disease!

VOH Chongwe: Finally Back to School

This week at VOH Chongwe, we excitedly welcome the children back to school after an extended two-and-a-half-month break. 

The extended break was due to a countrywide cholera outbreak that caused the government to shut down schools.

The children are delighted to be back at school. Gloria, Ireen, Agness and Jacob, all in grade 12, said they are thrilled to return to school to complete their high school education. 

They added that they are ready to work hard and are confident they will do well in their upcoming national exams at the end of the year.

We are grateful to have the children back in school after this long break. We look forward to supporting them so their learning journey will be exciting and fruitful!

VOH Kitwe: Annual Health Monitoring

Every year at VOH Kitwe, we record the children’s heights and weights at our on-site clinic. This week, we collected all the children’s measurements, starting with the reception class.

Monitoring the children’s growth is essential to ensure they are healthy and that their nutritional needs are being met.

If a child is overweight or underweight, we provide individualized care to bring them back to health.

The children have lots of fun hopping on the scale to see how much they’ve grown! 

VOH Luongo: Literacy Booklet Donation

Literacy is essential for all students, as it is the backbone of every subject. 

Last year at VOH Luongo, we were privileged to have booklets donated by Uncle Garry that assist young students with reading and writing. 

This week, we launched our ABC literacy program, which utilizes these booklets. This program will assist students struggling with reading and writing. We are so grateful that, thanks to Uncle Garry, each child will have their own booklet to learn from. The teachers are thrilled to have these new learning resources and ready to assist their students. 

We are confident literacy will improve thanks to this program. Thank you, Uncle Garry, for your generous donation!

VOH Malawi: Staff Meeting

This week at VOH Malawi, we held a staff meeting. It was an opportunity to unite and hear updates from various departments. These gatherings foster a sense of camaraderie and enable us to gain insight into the organization’s operations from the collective perspective of our dedicated staff.

The meeting served as a platform to disseminate significant developments and information vital for our team’s awareness. Department leaders effectively represented their teams, fostering growth and instilling confidence in representing VOH Malawi during visitor interactions and future events.

Witnessing the staff’s appreciation for the administration’s responsiveness to their needs was heartening. 

These moments of connection and enlightenment strengthen our bonds as a team and reaffirm our commitment to serving our community with excellence.

VOH Maramvya: Meet Eliane, Grâce and Edi-Franck

This week at VOH Maramvya, we want to introduce our family’s newest additions: Eliane, Grâce, and Edi-Franck.

These three children lived in difficult circumstances, without access to basic necessities. VOH stepped in and provided them with a loving and caring environment. The children will receive the nutrition they need through our feeding program, free education through our school, and will have any health needs met. 

Eliane, Grâce, and Edi-Franck’s lives have been transformed through our holistic approach. As a result, they now have a pathway to a brighter future, equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to overcome adversities.

Seeing them freely smile and play happily together is a testament to the transformative power of VOH Maramvya and our commitment to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. 

By providing comprehensive care, education, and a nurturing environment, VOH empowers children to break free from the cycle of poverty and build a better future for themselves and their communities.

We’re delighted to have them in our VOH Maramvya family!

Become a sponsor and help us give them hope for a bright future! You can sign up to sponsor them using the links below. 

VOH Mongu: Hope Stars Join League

Hope Stars, our under-14 boys’ soccer team at VOH Mongu, has joined the local league, igniting a spark of passion and determination that has propelled them to remarkable success. 

We are proud to share that the team won their last five games!

Their triumphs are not merely the result of chance but are rooted in dedicated practice sessions held every afternoon throughout the week. In these moments of sweat and perseverance, the foundation for their success is laid as they hone their skills and forge an unbreakable bond as a team. 

Weekends become a battleground where their training is put to the test, and each game is a chance to showcase their growth and determination.

Not only have they been winning games, but they have also been learning the values of discipline, perseverance, and teamwork—lessons that will serve them well both on and off the field.

VOH Mwanza: Nyegezi Hall Construction 

As we build our new hall at VOH Mwanza, we feel thankful and determined. This space is sponsored in memory of Naomi, our dear child who bravely fought cancer. It will be a symbol of hope and strength. 

With every beam and brick, we remember the love and kindness that brought us here. 

The hall will hold 300 people and be more than just a building. It will be a place of happiness and opportunity for everyone in our community. Even in our sadness, we find comfort in knowing that Naomi’s spirit will live on here. 

The hall will allow our children to play, make friends, and create memories. It will also be used for office work, but most importantly, it will be a safe space for our children. 

We want to thank everyone who has supported us in making this hall a reality. Together, we are not just building a hall; we are building a future full of hope.

VOH Zimbabwe: Celebrating a 25% Improvement in Exam Results

This week, VOH Zimbabwe proudly celebrates a significant achievement: a remarkable 25% improvement in our national 2023 O-level exam results!

Despite the immense challenges caused by two years of learning disruptions, we have achieved an overall pass rate of 63%, a significant milestone.

We attribute this success to our committed educators’ unwavering dedication and hard work. These extraordinary men and women have tirelessly instilled essential concepts and formulas into the minds of our students, shaping their academic growth. Their resilience and perseverance have played a crucial role in this achievement. 

A select few have distinguished themselves among this exceptional group of educators and mentors this year. They have gone above and beyond to ensure the success of their students. As a sign of our deep appreciation, the director of VOH Zimbabwe had the privilege of personally acknowledging their remarkable efforts over a cup of coffee. 

This recognition not only expresses our gratitude but also serves as an inspiration to others in the education community. It emphasizes the importance of acknowledging and appreciating the hard work and dedication of educators who play a vital role in shaping the future of our youth. 

We are reminded of the collective power of determination and resilience as we celebrate this achievement. It is a testament to the hard work and commitment of all those involved in the education sector.

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