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ST. Louis Teens Raising funds to go Help Children in Need in Kenya

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A group of High School Students from St. Louis, Missouri are passionate to travel to Kenya this summer to help children in need.  In the previous mission trip,
Since January this year, they’ve been collecting money, school supplies, shoes, soccer balls, and medical items to ship for donation in Kenya. Like the last cohort class of 2018/2019, they’ll be visiting local orphanages and hospitals. They will also be building a classroom in a remote area of the country.
The group is organizing various fundraising events to meet the budget goal of $15,000. They are hosting Kids Night with games and fun-filled activities on Friday, February 14th, at Christ Covenant Church in Florissant from 6 pm to 9.30 pm. Charges are $15 per child for kids 4 -12 years. So far they have raised $2,450 in cash. read more

V4A mentees tour at Kaldi’s Coffee in St. Louis

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Immigrants mentees visited Kaldis_Coffee Roastery on February 19th for educational field trip. They had a great opportunity to learn how coffee is imported and roasted to the final product. In July this year the group will be traveling to Kenya for a service project. They will also meet coffee farmers in central Kenya and also engage with communities in the neighboring games reserves in Tsavo ans Samburu Park. .

We would like to appreciate Frank McGinty, Director of Sales and Marketing and Kimberly Morice-Damhorst, community outreach coordinator for giving our youth a great tour and a great presentation. Promoting trade in Africa helps to unite communities and to creates opportunity for cultural exchange in St Louis.
Howard Lerner and Suzanne Langlois started Kaldi’s in October 1994, before there was even a Starbucks here. They were two journalists looking for a change, and the local coffee culture was beginning to develop, and they recognized that. They got into roasting a few years later and the wholesale business after that. Read more read more

2020 Census awareness at Ghanaian Community of St. Louis 11th Gala

2020 Census awareness at Ghanaian Community of St. Louis 11th Gala

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The Ghanaian Community of Greater St Louis celebrated their 11th annual fundraiser gala on March 7th, 2020. The goal of the organization is to build strong bonds and relationships among Ghanaians and the surrounding communities. It is estimated that there are over seven thousand ghanaians in St Louis who are spread out in every industry both in low skills and professional skills.  The colourful event held at Legacy Center in Florissant
V4A works with community leaders to disseminate information about available resources and services during such community events. At this event participants were informed about the upcoming 2020 census and why everyone need to participate. Dr. Michael Opoku, an internist in Country Club Hills, Missouri gave a presentation on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the precautionary measures to avoid the spread of the virus. He also encouraged people to adopt healthy lifestyle to avoid diabetes, blood pressure  and cancer that is on increase in the African Immigrant Community.
Dr Opoku is also the current president of Ghanaian Community of St Louis. read more

APHA Expo 2019 in Philadephia

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V4A research project was selected among thousand of applicants across the country to participate in this year APHA conference in Philadelphia.   The focus of the project was on Stressors in immigrant youth assessed within community-based programmingRead more

APHA’s Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest and most influential annual gathering of public health professionals. Nearly 13,000 public health practitioners, students, educators, advocates and supporters gathered for APHA’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo. The session, which zeroed in on a theme of “Health and Justice Denied,” explored the history of racism and oppression in the U.S. and how its traumatic legacy continues to impact the health and well-being of our communities.   read more

Thank you for your support

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Thank you so much for attending our 2019 V4A Award Dinner! It was a big success, and your participation meant a lot to us. We raised $15,200 at the dinner out of the $17,000 goal.  VIDEO

Because of your generosity,

Your generous support will go a long way in helping Vitendo4Africa provide critical assistance to youth, children and entire African Immigrant and refugee’s families in St Louis Region.  With adequate resources we will be able to improve and expand our programs to reach more immigrant youth and families.  Youth mentorship program provides our youth with access to opportunities, inspire our students, defy stereotypes, and narrow the opportunity gap in our region. read more

Bridget Mwaniki speech at V4A 2019 Dinner

Bridget Mwaniki speech at V4A 2019 Dinner

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Good evening everyone. I would like to thank you all for attending this dinner. I am Bridget Mwaniki, a 17-yearPattonville High School senior, an advocate for change in our community and more so, a proud V4A mentee. I immigrated to the United States early this year, and V4A has been very instrumental in my holistic growth. True to their mission to welcome, connect and empower healthier immigrant individuals and families through the provision of support, services, and resources, V4A has provided me and many other young people with a platform to shine and express ourselves in a way that makes us have a distinction among others. V4A offers numerous programs to empower young people, such as our mentorship program, where we are all assigned mentors who are professionals in the career fields that we aspire to pursue. This gives keeps us on track and also serves as encouragement that our dreams are attainable. Our mentors are incredible people, who go out of their way to make time for us and uplift us in our various endeavors (thank them and give a shout out). We also hold monthly meetings where resourceful speakers come to expose us to the opportunities available to us. This kind of investment in young people, is what makes a difference on how we want to mold our next generation. V4A also provides us with networking opportunities such as programs with colleges (eg . Bridge the Gap) which helps us navigate our way and establish strong bonds with other organizations that are crucial to our career development. read more

V4A Student Ambassador Program

V4A Student Ambassador Program

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Program Description

The Student Ambassador Program is a Program designed to help new incoming immigrants transition smoothly in schools. The student ambassadors will assist the students in finding classrooms, lockers, and major areas of the school. They will also work with diverse populations and provide tips on being a successful student. Furthermore, they inform the new students about resources offered in school and also at Vitendo 4 Africa organization. The student ambassadors will also help other immigrants that are already at the school develop friendships and connections among the immigrant population.

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STL Nonprofit News: Q&A with Vitendo4Africa’s Geoffrey Soyiantet

STL Nonprofit News: Q&A with Vitendo4Africa’s Geoffrey Soyiantet

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by Nina Needleman

Vitendo4Africa is a 10-year-old nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower stronger, healthier immigrant individuals and families through advocacy, the provision of support and services, strengthening alliances and developing strategic collaborations. 

The group, named after a Swahili word for “action,” addresses needs of African immigrants in North St. Louis County, West County and St. Charles County. Services range from helping people get a credit line, loans or referrals to other service agencies, as well as increasing awareness of nutrition, homebuying, youth development programs, health screenings and legal services. read more