We run a daily feeding program for the children attending our VOH Mwanza school and those in our Nyasaka satellite preschool. Each child receives a nutritious porridge each morning and a balanced lunch each afternoon. We provide various meals based on what is in season and available, but each lunch contains protein, starch, greens, and fruit. We also offer our children extra nutritional support as needed. Some have medical conditions or are underweight, and so they receive additional dietary supplements, and we monitor their progress.
Our school offers free preschool and primary education for the children who live on-site and those from the neighbouring community. For children who live on site but attend secondary school, we provide all of their school fees and related expenses. We also have several high school graduates who we are helping gain further training or education, and we run workshops and training programs specifically targeted at young adults. In addition, in 2019, we opened a satellite preschool in Nyasaka, a community 30 minutes away from our Center.
We provide shelter for children who local authorities have identified as having no other safe place to live. Each of our children’s homes has a housemother and eight children of various ages who operate as a family. We also work on family reunification, where the aim is to reunite children living in our children’s homes with their extended families. We follow up with every child who is reintegrated and, if they are still close by, they remain part of our other programs. In addition, we provide short-term emergency stays for children who need a temporary place to live.
We have an on-site, government-registered clinic with a full-time doctor and nurse who care for the medical needs of our children. All of the children in our care have regular medical check-ups, and we closely monitor and follow up with those with any medical conditions. We use outside hospitals, clinics, and labs as needed depending on the treatment required. We also run a program for children living with disabilities that allows them to interact with others in a safe environment and learn at their own pace.
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