2018 is now underway and there are lots of new beginnings for Vision Africa. One of the biggest changes is the team of staff adapting to the new structure now that Deborah has left her CEO role. We wish Deborah the very best as she settles into her new job as Executive Director of another organisation and look forward to her engagement as one of our board members. Equally, we are excited to see Mary take the reins as she fully transitions into her role as Programmes Manager and heads up the Kenyan staff team.
One of Mary’s tasks will be to support Winfred as her role also changes. As our de-institutionalisation programme comes to an end, we are happy to report that Winfred and the many people and organisations she has worked with have successfully reintegrated 63 children from Kandara and Mbeere Children’s Homes. This means they have moved back to their families, with ongoing support from Vision Africa where necessary. This marks a significant milestone for Vision Africa as our partnership with the two homes comes to an end.
Winfred will continue to follow up with the children who have left the homes to support them and their families to ensure the reintegrations are successful. In her role as Programmes Officer she will also be working with partner projects to provide oversight and management, ensure positive engagement of stakeholders and help with training and capacity building of stakeholders.
At the end of last year, our number of partner projects was reduced as several education projects no longer require funding from Vision Africa. Through our connection with The BOO Charity, these projects including Kibera Mpira Mtaani and ECD centres at Nyamwanga, Busire and Kandara, have secured funding and we hope will continue the great work that they have been doing during their time with us. This will allow us to seek new opportunities and new partners. As the goal of Vision Africa was always to provide support for a limited time as we built the capacity of our partners, we see this as a very positive move. Look out for news of new partners being announced in the coming months.
Our current partner Nairobi Seed of Hope sent a group of graduates out into the world last week for the next step of their journey. Due to the political situation towards the end of last year, the graduation ceremony had to be postponed. On Friday, there was a colourful event with parents, guardians and Vision Africa partners in attendance as students in Fashion Design, Motor Vehicle Mechanics and Home Care Management received the certificates they have been working towards during their time at the centre.
2018 is the year that the groundbreaking will take place for the new Seed of Hope centre and our new offices in Nairobi. This has been something that we have been working towards for many years so we are delighted to see the plans come together, knowing that construction will begin in the coming months. Our thanks to partners Tin Roof Foundation for securing funding for this project through their friends National Coatings and Supplies in the US.
We look forward to the journey through 2018 and doing it with YOU alongside us. Whether you’re a sponsor, a volunteer or just someone interested in what we are doing, we are grateful to have you as part of our team.