Hello everyone, I’m really excited to introduce myself to you all as the new Fundraising and Partnerships Officer here at Vision Africa. As many of you know, Kirsty had to leave us at the end of last year which has left us will a big gap in our fundraising and a huge challenge for me!
I’m proud to be part of Vision Africa, a charity that has helped thousands of Kenyan children lifting them out of poverty and giving them a brighter future. I’m also excited to be working on a project so aligned with my own interests.
I was first introduced to the idea of International Development at the age of eight when I learned of a friendship link between my school and church and a small town in Tanzania. Our class wrote and received letters to our new friends and I was inspired to raise money to help them buy sports equipment for their school, nets, footballs and vests that we had taken for granted at our school but without which our playgrounds would not have been the same.
Here I am aged 10, selling my old toys outside my house.
Twelve years later, half way through my degree in Development Studies and Economics I saw first-hand the difference charities make when I participated in the government’s International Citizenship Service in Nepal. Since then between my degree and my experience working in a large charity and Corporate Social Responsibility my work had stayed relevant to the charity sector. Still, I found myself drifting away from the reason I wanted to work with charities in the first place.
Then I came across Vision Africa. A small charity making a huge difference. Vision Africa struck me as a charity with the professional approach, expertise and impact of a large organisation but with the local knowledge, flexibility and passion of a small one.
While I’ve not been a part of the team for very long I’ve already learned so much at Vision Africa. I’ve been schooled on the importance of families rather than institutions for vulnerable children, encouraged by our enormously generous and hardworking supporters and inspired by Naomi, Freddy and Valentine who have grasped our Seed of Hope programme with both hands and flourished professionally and personally.
My big challenge at the moment is to raise urgent funds for our Seed of Hope programme. We’ve had a big gap in our fundraising due to Kirsty having to leave us in 2016 so our budget is very tight.
This time I know that I’m facing a bigger challenge than I did as a child – sadly £30 for my old Barbie dolls just won’t cut it!
The plans are forming though and I’m excited to tell you that we will be participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge this year. Falling on the week of #GivingTuesday this is a national online fundraising campaign, it’s a great platform to tell our stories, raise those important funds and, to top it off our donations will be matched up to £2,000 by our generous friends who ran this year’s Skills Camp at Seed of Hope and £1,000 by Big Give Champion Funding .
Stay tuned for more information- or, if you’d like to give us a head start, click here to make a donation today!