Aston Vision Orphanage
IVHQ is happy to announce that an IVHQ Booster Grant has been awarded to Aston Vision Orphanage in Tanzania.
Aston Vision is both an orphanage and learning center that was established in Arusha, Tanzania by a local man named Aston. The day-to-day operations of Aston Vision are managed by Aston, alongside a team of local teachers and support staff. IVHQ volunteers also provide year-round assistance to this core team in running the center. IVHQ Teaching volunteer, Molly Lambert, with the class that she taught at Aston Vision is pictured below.
Approximately 50 children receive basic Math and English lessons at Aston Vision daily. The majority of these children live elsewhere and travel to the center daily, arriving in the morning to receive lessons, have a meal, and play with their peers and IVHQ volunteers.
Twelve of the students (aged between 3 and 11 years-old) live at the orphanage permanently. The Booster Grant of US$3,000 was awarded to Aston Vision to directly improve the living conditions for these children. Each child that lives at Aston Vision now has their own bed with sheets, pillows, blankets, a mosquito net, shelves to put their belongings on, and a new bathroom. The funds were also invested in building a new and secure gate at the front of the property for added security for the children. Thanks to these improvements, Aston Vision will now have the capacity to take in more children in need of a safe a secure place to live.
This IVHQ Booster Grant was used to bolster funds raised by the Landry family in support of Aston Vision. The Landry family initiated the building project and constructed the new dormitory that the children of Aston Vision now call home. The Landry family generously donated the funds for the home in memory of their daughter Melissa. An enthuisastic and high-spirited IVHQ volunteer, Melissa spent Christmas 2013 at Aston Vision and was touched by her time there. The children of Aston Vision, and the staff, will be forever thankful for the time they spent with Melissa and the generosity of the Landry family and their community.