We will provide a stable foundation that is rooted in education and family for orphaned, deprived and destitute children who have lost their own families.
We will provide a loving and safe environment that enables children the right to a happy, educated, skilled and healthy life.
Friends Vision started as a dream by many people around the world after a group of volunteers came together in Kenya and shared a life changing experience. They formed a board of directors with Jannah Currie from Australia, Cheryl Buynak from America and Amy and Brian Weiner from America, Bosco Yanta from Kenya and Marika Koulas from Canada. They gained worldwide support and commitment from compassionate people and with that the dream of Friends Vision was born.
Aims and Objectives
FVCH has acquired 3 acres of land in the outskirts of the town of Naivasha, in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya. The land is lush and fertile, which will provide us with excellent conditions to make our home as sustainable as possible.
We plan to build up to 6 homes and a community center on our land. Each house will act as an individual home, with up to 10 children (boys and girls) and a house mama. Each home will comprise of male and female bed and bathrooms, a bedroom for the house mama, living area, dining room, kitchen, store and laundry.
There will also be a two story community center with two training classrooms, a library, computer room, TV/DVD room, arts and music room for the children. There will be a small medical clinic downstairs, an office and volunteer wing upstairs. Eventually, we would like to hold educational classes not only for our children and staff, but for our surrounding community as well.
There will also be a large playing field, a small poultry farm and a communal shamba (farm) with crops such as maize, cabbage, spinach, potatoes, carrots, bananas, and avocado and mango trees. As time progress, we would like to manage and sell our crops and eggs to provide us with additional sustainable funding.
The majority of children coming into our homes will be from Government Rescue Centres, via the Kenyan Children’s Court. Children are placed into these centers by government officials after they have lost their families for one reason or another and have no one else to care for them. Some have lost their families due to ill health, death, or abandonment; some have run away due to the abuse and desperation within their own homes; or some are simply lost. Most of the children have been taken off the streets by police and brought to these Rescue Centres.
After all efforts to locate their parents or relatives (usually over the course of years) have been exhausted, Friends Vision will take these children into our homes and care for them as if they were our own. They will attend a nearby public primary school, from grade 1 to 8, and then attend a boarding secondary school (grade 9 to 12). We will also provide vocational training for those children not academically inclined. Nursery classes will be held at the home. This home will always be there for the children, even when they leave to pursue their own dreams. They will always be able to call it their home.
We will provide everything a child needs in order to live a successful life. Counseling is a high priority, as many of these children have experienced unbelievable trials at such young ages.
The children will attend a nearby medical clinic/hospital when they fall ill. There will be a small medical clinic and store on site for minor health issues. All staff working at Friends Vision will be trained in Senior First Aid so minor injuries and illnesses can be treated at home. In time, Friends Vision would like to extend their clinic to the surrounding community.
All staff working for Friends Vision will be qualified, caring and professional. Additional training will be provided to our staff including, sensitivity training, cultural diversity awareness, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, emergency and safety procedures and hygiene awareness. This will provide them with skills to teach, communicate and build relationships with the children as well as the volunteers within their placement.
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|2013 News Update||We have had a very busy year at Friends Vision with myself spending 10 months in Kenya to help lay the ground work for new projects and network within the local community (amongst many other things!). This year we employed two new staff members, saw volunteers, friends and family join us in Kenya to see our projects and welcomed some new children into our sponsorship program. We overcame many challenges that Kenya seems to throw at us at any given time and have slowly made progress on our existing projects getting us another step closer to building our first children's home. Have a read below of the year that was. I hope you enjoy and all have a great Christmas ahead!|
|2015 News Update||All in all it has been a busy, exciting and challenging year for us at Friends Vision as we slowly move through some changes that have taken place within our organisation. Throughout the year we have welcomed new staff, gained our Kenyan NGO status, began our farming project and started to move towards a more sustainable future.|
|Christmas Appeal 2016||Friends Vision's Annual Christmas Appeal is here again. Help us to put on Christmas party's for over 200 children in rescue centers around Kenya!|
|December 2012 Update||Keep up to date with our progress and read our December 2012 Newsletter.|
|Our Directors Interview||Read Director Jannah Curries interview with magazine Essential Child to find out more on the journey of Friends Vision.|