The Saint Louis Zoo which is America’s Top Free Attraction and Best Zoo was part of this amazing, heartfelt send off for Ambassador Kyle McCarter and his wife Victoria. The leadership of Saint Louis Zoo had a terrific opportunity meeting St. Louis’ Kenya community and sharing about the Zoo’s current and future commitments in their immediate neighborhood and in Northern Kenya through the WildCare Institute.
NAME: Christ Covenant Church
PASTOR: Paul & Eunice Macharia
3465 Shackelford Rd
Florissant, MO 63031
TEL: 314 839 0292
NAME: Immanuel Worship Centre
PASTOR: John & Mary Mbochi
12523 Missouri Bottom Rd
Hazelwood, MO 63042
TEL: 314 731 3400
Evangel Vineyard Church
PASTOR: Joel & Jane Kamau
7169 N Lindbergh
Hazelwood ,MO 63042
TEL: 314 629 0656
Pendo Presbyterian Church
PASTOR: Dr.Rev. Isaac Wanyoike
9424 Evan Man Ave.
V4A Youth Mentorship parent engagement component of our Youth Mentorship Program is a collaboration between V4A and similar community based organizations that share our passion for creating a healthier, cohesive support system for the Immigrant and refugee children. As community-led organizations, we are deeply committed to getting parents involved in their students’ education and playing a role in their educational success.
Through a shared common vision and purpose, V4A Youth Mentorship Program and Multicultural Counseling and Research Center will partner to close the educational opportunity gap by working together to educate and empower Immigrant parents of school-age children in St. Louis. Multicultural Counseling and Research Center will provide educational services for the youth and V4A Youth Mentorship Program will work with parents through hands-on informational workshops and seminars. Together we will provide a cohesive educational package that empowers the whole family by making them equal and informed partners with the school leaders.
ST. LOUIS AFRICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Mission: We are a primary resource center and leading advocate for African business professionals in local, national, and international markets.
911 Washington Ave, #501
St. Louis, MO 63101
1. Togolese Community of St. Louis
Contact: Dossah Alphonse Edorh
Call: 314 2436415
To promote and provide a network/community of Ghanaians & friends that will uplift and support each other. Our primary goal is to build strong bonds and relationships among Ghanaians and the surrounding communities. We promote opportunities for networking through educational, business and social events.
Vitendo4africa celebrations its 5th Annual Dinner on October 20th at JFK Community Center.This year event was spectacular with great African fashion show by YKG crafts, African dance by F4KIDZ African Performing Arts, food and music. YKG is owned by immigrant entrepreneur from Zimbabwe, Ms Gamu Gandawa.
During this time every year, V4A recognizes individuals and organizations who have, through positive actions, stood out to impact the lives of immigrants and refugees families in St. Louis. This year these individuals and organizations received awards in the following categories.
1. Most influential in impacting change- Mshauri Award -Wesley McCutchan
Vitendo4africa is a non profit organization for immigrants by immigrants in Missouri. Vitendo4africa Founder and Executive Director, Mr Geoffrey Soyiantet shares his life experience from Kenya to USA and how his mother inspired him to start an organization that is impacting many lives both locally and internationally.
The organization started small seven years ago to serve the growing need of immigrants and refugees in North County. Currently the organization serves thousands of immigrants and refugees families in St Louis Metropolitan and in Africa. V4A offeres programs in health, workforce development and citizenship and immigration.
Through youth leadership program, V4A organizes mission trip to Kenya during summer. The teens takes the initiative to host fundraising events, collect school supplies, backpacks, hospital supplies and other games items. They travel with these items for donation while on the mission.
The past groups have volunteered to renovate a hospital, build school classrooms, constructing of school desks, worked at the orphanages and teaching at elementary schools. Towards the end of every trip, students are given opportunity to enjoy safari at the famous Masai Mara national park and Geo Thermal site in Naivasha. This is a great way for students to get out of their comfort zones and expand their global experience.
RYAN DELANEY | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO
It hit them that they were back home as soon as they were off they off the plane and in the crowded Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
“And there was a long queue [at customs], a long, long queue. And I just knew I was in Kenya right there,” Victor Rotich said, days later and hours away from the capital, in the small village of Sakutiek.
Rotich was among a group of three seniors from Hazelwood West High School — and one who recently moved from St. Louis to Michigan — returning to their native Kenya. The two-week trip was a capstone to a mentorship program they’re a part of through a St. Louis-based organization, Vitendo4Africa, that supports African immigrants. The group spent more than a year planning, fundraising and collecting donations.