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.
The vision of Villages of Hope Africa is to see children loved and cared for so they will ultimately embrace adulthood as independent and contributing members of society. Our children’s homes help us achieve this vision. If a child is left with no relative or guardian who can provide a home for them, we have community-based homes where they can live in a safe and loving environment. A maximum of eight children live in each home and every home has a house mother who lives with the children full time.