Volunteers Heart For Africa (VHFA)
Volunteers Heart For Africa (VHFA) is a non-governmental organization committed to fighting hunger, lack of education and medical care among children in desperate need, and fighting illiteracy in adult women and men. VHFA is directed towards orphans, children suffering from poverty and infected by HIV/AIDS, and provide them with a decent standard of living. In doing so, we also aim to raise conscious in society by teaching individuals basic skills that will help the surrounding communities to develop.
The organization was founded in 2009. VHFA was primarily an orphanage that provided shelter, food, and clothing for children who had lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. As time progressed and we expanded, the VHFA began taking care of other children suffering from poverty in our surrounding community. We decided not to limit ourselves to the children in the Children’s support centers but to provide support to children living with elderly relatives or sick parents. In 2012 we began seeing the opportunity to expand even further and provide these children with a better standard of living. We had previously relied on individual donations and volunteers fee, but saw an opportunity in distance adoption or child sponsorship.
In October 2016 we began a deinstitutionalization process, which consisted of tracing families, restoring relationships between children, families and their communities, and developing alternative community-based services for families and children. The children who have been transitioned back into family placements will continue to be provided with education, healthcare and sustainable project opportunities through our ongoing Child Sponsorship program.
We continue to develop child-centred community development programs that will assist whole communities to meet the needs of their own children.
Volunteers Heart For Africa seeks to reach out to the poor and disadvantaged through sponsorship and sustainable development projects that promote empowerment and self-sufficiency.
At VHFA we have a strong Christian zeal based on the Bible scripture in James 1:27 about helping orphans and widows overcome hopelessness.
Volunteers Heart for Africa seeks to operate with eyes fixed on GRACE: