Vision Africa is one of the main charities which my church supports and I have the
responsibility of being this charity's representative in the congregation. John
and Vera Packard, the charity's founders, have visited our church on several occasions
and we have all been impressed by their passion for the plight of Kenyan children,
especially in the slums of Kibera. As a result we have developed a particular interest
in the work of Vision Africa. I'm in regular contact with the charity administrators
and receive supplies of calendars, cards, gift catalogue and sponsor forms, which
I make available to those in my church. It all helps to provide boys and girls with
an education and work-skills to lift them out of the grinding poverty into which
they were born.
The mainstay of my work is encouraging people to sponsor individual children. In
this way we can provide a reliable financial support for schooling. In return a
personal connection is made through knowing who it is you are supporting. You are
provided with a picture of your sponsored child. In addition, I also provide collection
boxes which can be taken home and filled with loose change and returned when full.
One of the most pleasing aspects of Vision Africa is knowing that because administration
fees are kept very low, over 99% of all money donated goes to the children. There
are not many charities that can make this claim! I really enjoy doing my little
bit for the children in Kenya and am thrilled when I manage to gain another sponsor.