Vision Africa was founded in 2001 by Rev and Mrs Packard who initially came to Kenya as Chief Administrators at an independent children’s home in Nairobi.
When their time at the children’s home came to an end, their compassion drove them to take action when they saw overwhelming need. With time and incredible support from family, friends and a growing supporter base, they were able to provide for children and communities. This led to what we now recognise as Vision Africa.
The Packards’ work was varied and included building classrooms, funding feeding programmes, ensuring poor children received urgent medical attention, resourcing informal and public schools and much more.
Almost a decade later the couple acknowledged that their time to retire from the work of Vision Africa was approaching. In preparation they began to work alongside Vision Africa’s Project Administrator for the Seed of Hope programme, Deborah Kimathi.
Deborah had great credentials for the role of Field Director having previously conceived, established and run our Seed of Hope vocational training centres for disadvantaged young people. Following in her grandparents’ footsteps Deborah was committed to serve the charity and build on their legacy.
Having driven significant growth and development of the organisation, in 2017 Deborah stepped down from her role as CEO/Field Director, although she continues to serve on the charity’s board. This marked a change for the structure of the organisation.
For the first time in Vision Africa’s history, it now has two paid employees in the UK, both dedicated to raising the funds needed to implement the strategy to grow and create even more impact. In Kenya there is a small team of Kenyan employees led by Mary Mwangi, the Programme Manager. This team not only ensures the proper use of donations at our partner Community Based Organisations (CBOs), but also monitors and measures impact, assuring donors of accountability and transparency. Each partner CBO is locally managed and has its own management committee which includes a Vision Africa representative.
Vision Africa are a registered charity in the UK (Registered No. 1091198), a registered Non-Governmental Organization (No. OP.218/051/2003/0378/3014) in Kenya and a 501 (c) (3) public charity in the USA.