The Friends Vision team consists of a group of volunteers from all around the world who met in 2007 and shared life changing experiences while working at children's rescue centers in Kenya.
In 2009, after many trips back to visit our children, we decided to form a charity to help send our kids to school and to build a real home for them filled with love, care and education. Our children have gone through such hardships in their short lives and we felt the least we could do is help give them some peace, and a chance at life.
Meet our members below!!
Jannah Currie, Australia
I have been visiting Kenya since 2007. I spend most of my time in Kenya volunteering at Childrens Rescue Centers, helping with the day to day activities. Since my first visit, I have wanted to do something worthwhile for the beautiful children I meet along the way, so with some volunteers I had meet, we decided to take on a huge responsiblitiy of starting our own Children's Home and sponsorship program, with the help and support of friends, family and many others. I'm orginally from Coffs Harbour, NSW and am currently living in Darwin, NT working with asylum seekers in detention while studing a Bachelor of Humanitrian and Communty Studies at Charles Darwin University.
Cheryl Buynak, USA
Little did I know how much my life would change when I boarded my flight in Phoenix to head to my volunteer trip at Nairobi Children’s Home in August 2007. This was a trip of a lifetime in which extraordinary relationships were created- Peris, Jannah and the amazing children that I met especially Rachael and Nickolus, my kids. I discovered where my heart lies- Kenya and my passion to make a difference, build a home. A home for the children that touched my heart and that taught me the life lessons of hope, perseverance and unconditional love. It was the start of a beautiful journey with the most unselfish group of people I know that have opened their hearts and minds to build a home, not a house but a home that is rooted in love and family for these children.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I am currently enjoying life in Dubai.
|December 2018 Update|
|We have had another big year here at Friends Vision and although we’ve had some setbacks, we’ve also had many reasons to celebrate. In particular, we are always inspired by the many achievements of the children and young people we support. With increasing costs and floods wiping out most of our crops, we also need to continue to fundraise so read on to see what we have planned.|
|March 2018 Update|
|It continues to be an interesting, challenging, rewarding and evolving journey for us as we move into our eighth year. While it’s been around two years since my last update (so sorry), the wheels have still been turning over as we venture into new territory this year. Our focus on sustainability is in full force with some exciting new partnerships; we have gained tax deductibility status in Australia; welcomed new staff members and new children and had the first of our young adults finishing High School and beginning our transition program.|
|2015 News Update|
|All in all it has been a busy, exciting and challenging year for us at Friends Vision as we slowly move through some changes that have taken place within our organisation. Throughout the year we have welcomed new staff, gained our Kenyan NGO status, began our farming project and started to move towards a more sustainable future.|
|Our Directors Interview|
|Read Director Jannah Curries interview with magazine Essential Child to find out more on the journey of Friends Vision.|