It is approaching that time for the summer mission trip to Kenya on July 16th. This year Vitendo4Africa will be going with 5 teenagers who live in your city and are remarkably passionate and eager to go back to their home country to help children just like them. This year the mission trip is focused on children who are homeless or in underfunded orphanages and those in dire need of school supplies. For a lot of these kids in Kenya, they often don’t have much money for essentials, and the those that turn to orphanages or shelters often find them overfilled with kids just like them who are struggling. As you must know, a healthy and happy childhood and education is so important to the development and success of every child. However, many of these children are not able to afford the supplies needed for school and the essentials such as a balanced diet or efficient sanitary items. We are also aiming to create a early Christmas gift basket for the children that cannot afford to purchase a gift.
Missouri consistently ranks as one of the heaviest states in the country, with 30 percent of adults obese and 28 percent of children either overweight or obese. V4A F4KIDZ program strives to promote healthy living and mentorship for immigrant kids to help them overcome social, emotional, and academic challenges as they pursue their life dreams. Over one hundred kids are actively involved in the program. This program also help parents to connect and discuss issues affecting parenting as immigrant parents.
To promote healthy relationship among immigrant families, V4A has lined up various activities that bring parents and children together. Strong family relationships can go a long way towards helping your child grow into a well-rounded, considerate and caring adult. In early October over 60 immigrant mothers and sons enjoyed a memorable dinner date. This came after a very colorful and historic father and daughter dinner date.There has been a big gap between immigrants youth and their parents, mainly brought by conflicts between African and American culture when it comes to parenting. When this issue is not addressed in the right way, it not only affects the self esteem of the child, but also their school performance. To address this problem we must educate both the parent and the child. The most effective way is to start early when the child is still young and before it is too late. V4A creates opportunities for parents to bond with their kids and to discuss their individual goals. These forums also creates opportunities for parents to exchange notes and learn from other people’s experience. 83% of those who participate in these activities reported back that their parent/child relationship has improved and the family is more connected.
Vitendo4Africa is a non profit organization working with Immigrants and refugees in St. Louis and St Charles County. V4A Health committee is hosting the 2nd Annual Health and Safety Fair on Saturday January 27th, 2018 from 9.00am to 2.00pm. This event will be held at the Gym at Christ Covenant Church located at 3465 Shackelford RD. Florissant, MO 63031.Â Â
The target audience is the Immigrant community; however the general public in North County will be welcome to participate. The objectives of the fair is to;
Access to information and resources helps immigrant families to stay safe, healthy, productive and economically empowered. Through partnership and collaborations, we are able to reach more clients more effectively and efficiently even with limited resources.
V4A in partnership with the city of Florissant offers various services to immigrant population in North county on areas of access to resources, facility use for training and education. Last month the entire team of Florissant Valley Fire department came to our Friday soccer event to educate parents and kids on home safety in case of fire and medical emergency.
For the second time this year immigrants kids received free dental screening offered by Give Kids Smile in St. Louis. Give kids Smile provides underservice children with free comprehensive dental care including extermination, professional cleaning, fluoride treatment, sealants and restoration. More than seventy immigrants kids have benefited from the program this year.With lack of dental hygiene and many of them coming from poor family background, 96% of those who came this was their first dental check up. Many of them were reported to have cavities, brown teeth and other complications. V4A offers education on dental hygiene, healthy eating habits and importance of exercise. We advice kids to avoid eating too much candies and sugary staff. We also encourage them to brash their teeth after every meal. V4A has been aggressively connecting immigrants with resources around St. Louis and St. Charles to address issues on healthcare, housing, education and business start up. Currently we have established partnership with more than twenty organizations offering variety of services. We hope to increased the number by 25% by the end of this financial year.
Early last month F4KIDZ African Dance group performed their first public event at Missouri History museum. The group had also an opportunity to tour the museum and learn about civil right movement. It was also interesting to hear them share how they compare their school lives in Kenya and in USA. V4A takes it very serious teaching immigrants kids about world cultures to help them appreciate the differences in people and their traditions. Learning about their culture gives them identity and it helps to boost their self esteem. Watch video
The 4th annual V4A fundraiser dinner took place on October 21st and was once again a huge success. We had more than 300 people in attendance from different nationalities and diverse background. This year event turned out to be most entertaining, inclusive and very organized event. V4A board and the entire staff would like to say “thank you” to all our sponsors and all those who attended our 4th Annual Dinner.
V4A African Dance group received a standing ovation for their high quality performance in African traditional dance. This group comprising of middle school and elementary immigrants students has performed in various events including Missouri History Museum. The African Dance class is partly funded by Missouri Arts Council, to preserve the African Culture and to boost self esteem among immigrant youth and kids. Watch video
Welcome! Tonight we are here to celebrate Vitendo4Africa, both what has been accomplished and what will be accomplished. I love that all of the diversity in this room is a true representation of who Vitendo4Africa is.
Several years ago, I was introduced to Geoffrey. I was told that he was a Kenyan with a vision. As we sat in Starbucks, I heard about his vision for an organization called Vitendo4Africa. His desire to share what he had learned as an immigrant seemed unstoppable. Over the next few months, we continued to meet and discuss how to translate his passion into an organization. That was four years ago, and now I am here as the board chair of this incredible organization.
Embracing Different Culture
Mini Career Fair