The V4A Story

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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. read more

Africa Mission Trip

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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. read more

On trip to Kenya, St. Louis teens give back, reconnect with roots

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Sally Gacheru, center, tosses a ball to a child in Sakutiek, Kenya. Gacheru, who was born in Kenya but moved to St. Louis four years ago, was part of a service trip back home for fellow immigrant teens this month.
Sally Gacheru, center, tosses a ball to a child in Sakutiek, Kenya. Gacheru, who was born in Kenya but moved to St. Louis four years ago, was part of a service trip back home for fellow immigrant teens this month.

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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. read more

Hazelwood School District High school Students Kenya Mission Trip

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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. read more

V4A F4KIDZ Soccer for Immigrants and Refugees youth and Kids

V4A F4KIDZ Soccer for Immigrants and Refugees youth and Kids

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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. read more

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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.

Health and Safety Fair 2018

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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

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; read more

Life skills training for Immigrant kids

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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. read more

Dental care for Immigrants kids by Give Kids Smile

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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.

African Kids Dance Group

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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 read more