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Welcome to the Vipingo Village Fund

 A Little bit of History!

 The Vipingo Village Fund started life in a very small way in 2006, and became a UK registered charity in October 2008. It was founded by Carol Hardman and her late husband, Peter. Carol still lives in Vipingo, a village 40 kilometres North of Mombasa and closely monitors the school and charity.

 Driven by the abject poverty that surrounded them on all sides and being firm believers that the only way a nation can progress is through education, they directed their considerable energies into creating, what is, a pretty special Montessori School in the centre of Vipingo village.

What’s happening now!

Today it is a thriving school, with excellent resources, dedicated staff and wonderful supporters, which means Future Hope Montessori School is a little oasis of enlightenment within a Kenyan village, which suffers from high unemployment, few opportunities and a largely, poorly educated populace.

With 140 HIV/AIDS (17 HIV+) affected children, the school most importantly provides a wide reaching, first class education, which opens a window onto the world, stimulating curiosity, a lust for learning and a totally different approach to the usual ‘learning by rote’ provided by many schools. A vital part of our program is delivering over 300 meals a day, children simply cannot learn on empty stomachs…and then there are the uniforms, health care, sport and most importantly, a happy, caring environment.

In addition to the school the charity has three other arms

All play an important part in the charity and link back into the school. The sewing cooperative produces high quality, vibrant gifts which are sold at craft fairs both in the UK and here in Kenya. The profits are used to help fund the feeding programme.

The Future

Well, the good news is, the future is bright! In 2018 our first students leave us to go onto Secondary School and through Tim Williams, who has now joined the Vipingo Village Fund family, we have formed an alliance with a secondary school, Lakeside High School, situated in Tezo, a small village 10 kilometres north of Kilifi. It is a mixed boarding school which will suit our children as most have lost their parents and live with guardians.

The Vipingo Village Fund believes that education should happen at all levels. Our Social Worker has worked with community members and existing bodies to extend education opportunities to the community. Workshops in adult literacy, HIV awareness and Family Planning are some of the programs being offered. We believe that by giving people opportunities which foster empowerment, introducing good working practices and a small amount of capital to help them up life’s ladder, from little acorns HUGE oak trees will grow!

We exist purely through the generosity of others, so please visit our Charity Checkout page and it’s very simple to donate. Thank you from everyone at VVF.

                        WE REALLY CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!

Carol Hardman

October 2017
The Vipingo Village Fund
‘Changing Lives through Education’ 

 

This is what our volunteers are saying.....interested?

 

"Future Hope Montessori School gave me hope for the future too.......And of course, the most lovely people I have ever met. They offer such big hospitality and live with pure joy in their lives."


"Deciding to volunteer at Future Hope was the best decision I made! In my 30's I needed an experience which would take me out of my comfort zone, challenge me and broaden my mind and this was it."


Want to volunteer too? Visit our volunteering section to find out how.

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