We currently work in 10 locations throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Our Villages are in Burundi, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Each village provides nutrition, education, healthcare, and shelter.
VOH Bwiza is part of VOH Burundi and is located in a highly populated area of Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi. Bwiza is overcrowded with people who come in search of employmen
The majority of those living in the area try to support themselves through their own small businesses such as selling fruit and vegetables at the market. Due to the population, business is competitive and it’s difficult to earn a living.
There are many widows in the area trying to survive with their children, and as a result, many children in Bwiza are living in families without any source of income, and many are vulnerable.
VOH Maramvya is part of VOH Burundi and is located 20 kilometres North-West of Bujumbura (the capital city). More than 70,000 people live in the area, with an average density of 35 people per 2km. Maramvya is located near the international airport.
Maramvya’s population is extremely poor, many women are single mothers and many of the children don’t have the opportunity to go to school.
The area where VOH Malawi is located in a high-density, low-income community of approximately 50,000 people located less than 5km from the city centre in Lilongwe. Many families survive on less than $2 per day and 3 out of every 4 people are unemployed.
The majority of children in the area do not have access to quality education and those fortunate enough to be in school face class sizes with more than 100 students per teacher. Most people do not have electricity, running water or a sanitary place to use as a toilet.
Bulale is a community about 40 minutes from downtown Mwanza and about 15-20 minutes from the main VOH Mwanza centre. It is an up and coming community with many new people moving there recently.
While there are some people building and some development happening, it remains to be quite a poor area and many people are struggling to provide basic needs for their families. Most work is agriculture and some small business. Water is also a problem in this area as city water is limited and unreliable.
There is only one government primary school in the whole area which has upwards of 2000 children attending in shifts. Classroom sizes are 100-150. There is much need in the community.
The area where VOH Mwanza is located is about a 20 minute drive from downtown. The community is large and many more people are living out here or even further and working in town as rent is typically cheaper the farther you go from town centre.
The community is varied as far as need goes – there are some who are well off and have built their own homes, but at the same time there are some who are very poor and struggling to meet basic needs. We are constantly working with community leaders to identify the vulnerable and most at need in the community.
The area where VOH Chongwe is located is approximately 45 Minutes east of Lusaka, the Capital city of Zambia. Chongwe has a population of 6,000 with high levels of unemployment. People depend on odd jobs to support their families and the HIV/AIDS rates are high.
In the area where VOH Kitwe is located, there are high levels of illiteracy and unemployment. Children’s parents and guardians have a challenging time finding odd jobs in order to support their families and provide for basic needs.
Many of the homes in the area have poor infrastructure making them susceptible to damage and even collapse during the rainy season.
VOH Luongo is located about 30 minutes from the main VOH Kitwe Center In an area where there is a high rate of poverty, illiteracy and unemployment.
Most of the parents and guardians struggle to find consistent employment or a consistent source of income making it difficult to provide the basic needs of their families.
Mongu is located 600 km west of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. In the area where VOH Mongu is located, unemployment rates are incredibly high and many people rely solely on subsistence farming in order to have food. Many others rely on small businesses, or microbusinesses, in order to bring in income for their families.
There is a huge need for good schooling for children as there are not enough schools for the number of children living in the community. These schools also charge fees that most children and families in the community can’t afford, so aren’t able to send their children to school at all.
Most people live without electricity or running water in their homes and have to go and fetch water from different hand-pump wells around the community.
VOH Zimbabwe is located on the outskirts of Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. The areas near VOH Zimbabwe range from middle-income communities to peri-urban densely populated settlements with mainly unemployed caregivers.
These are very poor settlements where people live in impoverished conditions.
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