The children who come to our school are given a nutritious meal of HEPS (High Energy Protein Supplement) porridge every day through the feeding program. For many of our children, this meal is the only consistent nutrition they receive. We provide a second serving of HEPS at the end of the school day for children who need additional dietary support. We also send food packs home for children who we identify as coming from particularly vulnerable families.
Our school provides quality, free education from Preschool to grade 12. We are a government-registered examination centre for grades 7, 9 and 12. We have qualified, caring teachers who are interested in their students’ lives and overall well-being. We also offer clubs to give children an opportunity to explore various talents and skills. In addition, our Youth Empowerment Program provides training and skills that better equip students for when they graduate. We also assist them with writing resumes and scholarship applications.
We have a government-registered clinic on-site. Our clinic offers health services to VOH children, their families, our staff, and those from neighbouring communities. For more complex health needs, we take our children to the local government hospital. Each term at our school, we hold a school health week, where all of the children get their height, weight, eyes, and ears checked and are given supplements according to their individual needs.
We have children’s homes on-site for children who the Department of Social Welfare has identified as having no safe place to live. The children are cared for by a housemother who lives with them full time. The mother is assisted during the day by aunties who help with laundry and cleaning. The children learn how to cook and take part in the preparation of daily family meals.