Mateyo Mwansa from the Kitwe Village of Hope tours us around the site.
This video is taken directly from our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/villagesofhope
According to UNICEF, most orphans and vulnerable children have their education interrupted due to life circumstances. We respond to these critical issues by providing free education from preschool to grade 12. The schools also provide the opportunity to be involved in sports, music and other extra-curricular activities providing a well-rounded education for the students. Attending school brings hope for a future to each VOH child.
According to a UNICEF study on nutrition, households affected by HIV/AIDS experience a drop in food consumption, which puts children (orphans in particular) at a higher risk of malnutrition. Additionally, a 2013 study found the introduction of school feeding programs resulted in an increase of annual attendance from 69% to 98%. Through our feeding programs we offer nutrition daily. Through this program, we can prevent malnutrition from inhibiting the development and education of the children in our care.
The United Nations states, “Children whose parents have already died are disadvantaged in numerous and often devastating ways….They are likely to be poorer and less healthy than non-orphans.” We provide free medical care to over 2000 children. Several of our Villages have on-site clinics that provide basic medical care and where there is not yet a clinic, the children are taken to local clinics and their costs are covered. Knowing they have help when they are sick brings tremendous relief to the VOH children.