New Village of Hope Pre-School in Tanzania and Burundi

New Village of Hope Pre-School in Tanzania and Burundi

featuring the Duggan Family in Tanzania

 At Villages of Hope Africa (VOHA), we have opened two new locations. Both locations are starting with pre-school classes with 90 new pre-school children joining our VOHA family!

Our vision at VOHA is that all orphaned and vulnerable children are loved and cared for. The mission of VOHA is to bring lasting hope to orphans and vulnerable children by providing them with love and holistic (emotional, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual) care so they can embrace adulthood as contributing members of society. VOHA provides free education, nutrition and medical care to children in need.

Burundi 6Burundi: In March, I (Misty) had the pleasure of visiting our two VOHA locations in Burundi. We have a wonderful location in the inner-city region of Bujumbura that cares for 220 orphans and vulnerable children. In February, we opened a new location in a rural community called Maramvya. You have to travel 45 minutes into the middle of ‘nowhere’ to get to this village! Dirt roads or paths are all that leads to this remote community. It makes for a bumpy ride! BUT, the children! The children are everywhere, watching as we drove down these roads to visit VOHA Maramvya. As we pulled up to the village, the sound of hope and joy could be heard as the new pre-schoolers practised their alphabet and sang songs so loudly to show off for their guests! The joy on their faces and their bright, clean, blue uniforms were such a contrast to the dreary, dusty environment we had been driving through. For these new 48 pre-schoolers, they have been given a chance – a chance to break out of the poverty cycle that surrounds them, a chance for a hope-filled future!

As global workers with the PAOC and Villages of Hope Africa, we get the honour of coming alongside these communities to help raise up the next generation!

Bulale 3Tanzania: Our family lives in Mwanza, Tanzania. In Tanzania, VOHA has two locations. One in downtown Mwanza that cares for 330 children and the newest location, Bulale, that opened this past April with 42 pre-schoolers! My husband (Jamie) is the project manager. VOHA Bulale is located 30 minutes outside of town, in a rural community without easy access to the city. Many of the people in this village would never go to town, as transportation options are limited to those who are able to pay. Private or personal vehicles are very rare, so rare in fact that everyone knows our family by our vehicle! Foreigners being there are even rarer, yet we feel very welcome! This community is in need. Most of the children we are helping live in mud houses on hills with large boulders. Some people make their homes against or between the rocks, kind of like caves. Families have many children and very few resources. Very little work is available for the parents to provide for their families. Some of these children have lost one or both parents. As VOHA, we come alongside these families and provide their children with a good foundational start in life. On our Orientation Day for our pre-school program, you should have seen the smiles on the dad or mom’s faces, proudly showing off their children. Some of these children were barefoot or had clothes full of holes, yet the smiles and joy on their faces at the chance to start pre-school! It humbles you. I will never forget their families’ faces. They are parents just like I am, wanting the best for their children.

As global workers with the PAOC and Villages of Hope Africa, we get the honour of coming alongside these communities to help raise up the next generation!

If you are interested in sponsoring one of these new pre-school children, please visit https://vohafrica.com/child-sponsorship to sponsor a child today! You can request a pre-schooler from VOHA Maramvya (Burundi) or VOHA Bulale (Tanzania) to support a child to be a part of our VOHA program!

Please join us in praying for the Duggan family. We invite you to connect with them by email/mail and social media too. Here’s how you can stay connected:

Email: mduggan@paoc.org