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May 31, 2019

Bringing smiles and Hope to the less privileged!

Spelling bee certificate of participating
Spelling bee certificate of participating

The homework club initiative was started by All Out Africa in 2015, aiming at helping orphaned and vulnerable children from the ages of 10-15 years who are in primary school level. This is to help improve their Math and English skills and also help them with their daily homework. A spelling bee competition was recently held with these children. This is very important in a child's future as it lays a basic foundation that the child needs through their education and in turn boost their self-esteem. It was a huge success as there were estimated around 50 attendees ranging from teachers to students from different schools. The children were awarded certificates of attendance so they feel motivated to do even better next time. Some of the children in our homework club programme benefit by getting a full set of school uniform which is distributed each year. This is done in order for the children to look like other children at school, With the proper school uniform, they also do better at school as they don't have to abscond themselves from school.

Every year we provide educational trips for children that are part of the 7 NCPS that All Out Africa supports. These children are taken to our local game reserve called Mlilwane Game Park. They get a chance to see animals like the Hippopotumas, Zebras, Crocodiles, and lots more which are incorporated in their Schedules of Works, which is an informal curriculum that was created by All Out Africa as a workbook to help guide our NCP teachers into delivering quality early childhood education to these less privileged children at classroom level. These trips help the children appreciate the environment or country they live in, as most of them do not have the privilege to travel let alone go on a bus. The children also get to be treated to a special nutritious meal on the day. They get all excited as they shout and scream telling the driver of the minibus to add speed. The teacher tries to warn them to lower their voices but with no luck at all as the children are excited not for going on the game park but also for riding the minibus.

As schools closed for the first term, Our international volunteers got a chance to make some crafts for the NCP classroom walls. The material used was bought through funds donated on the GG platform. It is really inspiring to see people taking time and money out of their own lives to help the less privileged especially children as they are most vulnerable. By doing all that we do we are trying to improve the lives of the less privileged children in Eswatini.

Siyabonga!  

Spelling bee
Spelling bee
Homework club session
Homework club session
Nutritious meals at Field trip
Nutritious meals at Field trip
May 22, 2019

Diving education for marine conservation leaders

DSD: Discover Scuba diving. First ever diving trip
DSD: Discover Scuba diving. First ever diving trip

Diving in Mozambique is phenominal. The array of wildlife in the coastal water of Mozambique features one of the most biodiverse pristine marine ecosystems left in the world. And it is in trouble

The All Out Africa Marine Research Centre currently running in Mozambique has had incredible influence, locally and globally, to the awareness, knowledge and protection of the marine wildlife found in Mozambique. From writing 'Code of Conduct' for swimming with whale sharks to scientific publication, All Out Africa Marine Research Centre continues to grow in it's influence.

The next step is for local capacity-building: To get marine biology educated Mozambicans under the water, collecting data, learning, teaching, inspiring and influencing fellow Mozambicans, from fishers to governmental level, in the ways of marine conservation of their pristine environment.

This project is to purchase diving equipment, PADI diving courses and a living stipend to keen Mozambican candidates with an education in a marine-related subject. Moreover, it is to equip them with the knowledge, confidence and platform to make a difference in the marine conservation in their own country.

The opportunities include (but are certainly not limited to);

  • PADI Open water and Advanced diving courses
  • Daily research dives with the All Out Africa Marine Research Centre.
  • Learning English
  • Scientific fieldwork
  • Scientific publications
  • Leading locally-based marine conservation projects
  • ...and much more, depending on the interest of the candidates! 

Currently, this fundraiser has purchased the equivalent of a mask for a Mozambican student of marine science to learn how to dive. 

THANKYOU to our donors thus far - let's keep going to get our first student learning English and get them underwater!

Mar 4, 2019

GOING ALL OUT!!

A fully recovered Nomthandazo at school
A fully recovered Nomthandazo at school

 

REVAMPING OF OUR NCPS

We have once again started a New Year and look forward to doing great, exciting things with our children at the NCPS and community at large that we work with. As we continue to do what we do best, support orphaned and vulnerable children at each of our 7 NCPS in eZulwini and surrounding. I am proud to mention that we have started building an additional NCP and hopefully by 2021 we will have a total of 8 NCPS. That means supporting even more less fortunate children.

We strive to give children, aged between 3-6-year-old quality early childhood education and two nutritious meals a day. To add up to the meals, we supply the children with a delicious and highly nutritious food supplement called “e-PaP”. The children really enjoy this supplement, as each time they rush back for seconds.

Starting 2019 we have revamped eZulwini NCP classroom into different learning areas, namely the art area, this is where the children will be able to express their feelings and be creative as every child is an artist in the art area. This area is most important in that the children learn and develop in all domains (Language, Literacy, Math, Science, and Motor Skills). We also have the Science area which is the busiest as the children can observe, experiment, create, construct, classify, compare and most importantly ask endless questions which should not be ignored by the teacher. In the dramatic area the children play dress up, although we have limited clothing for this area, this has helped the children a lot as they have learnt to be patient and taking turns. This area also allows the children to pretend to be anyone and do anything, through this their level of thinking grows. With all of these changes we have implemented, we are trying to prepare the child holistically to enable these children that we support to get ready for primary school and the outside world as every child is “special” to us. On the first day of school, the children were so excited as they walked into their classroom racing to the door making sure they become the first to enter this beautiful classroom, I smiled with affection as I could see through their beaming eyes that they love their new space. They were filled with joy as they ran and jumped up and down with excitement into their classroom. Repainted in a blue lagoon colour, and the walls hang of beautiful colourful educational charts and a few toys in the box for the children to share.

 

NOTHING FOR US WITHOUT US!

This is the spirit used here at All Out Africa as we try our utmost best to involve the local volunteer teachers that we work with as they are not qualified early childhood educators. This will make the teachers feel like they own the projects that we implement at our NCPS. It is also encouraging to see how determined and eager to learn these 7 teachers are. Soon we will be focusing on our outside area at our NCPS so the children get to have a variety of things to play with outside as currently, they are stuck with only a swing and a jungle gym. Many thanks to everyone for your tireless efforts in making us realize our dreams that is putting smiles on the less fortunate children in eSwatini. We are looking forward to a great year ahead of us as we work towards vision 2022 in upgrading our NCPS to become of standardized preschools. We are also excited to have Peggy a volunteer from Canada. As we have introduced an assessment form for each child at the NCP in order for us to monitor the children’s progress health-wise, educational and development of motor skills. A child is assessed from when they are first enrolled at the NCP and Peggy is responsible to do that with the help of the teacher.

 

A MILESTONE CELEBRATION!

Looking back I am amazed at how time flies, It is exactly a year since Nomthandazo had her operation for a severe and rare condition. “A Guardian Angel Story” posted here on global giving. Brave Nomthandazo went through it all and made it. I just thought it would be selfish of me not to celebrate her recovery with the GG family as it would not be possible without you. Noteworthy is that the doctors mentioned that they will be documenting Nomthandazo’s case for other practitioners to refer to in the event they come across a similar case as it is a rare case that should not be undermined and this will be done for one reason to save other lives. From the conversation I had with the doctor I learnt that documentation of illness and treatment procedures is a process they practice with all patients daily. Since the operation was done, Nomthandazo has stopped having agonizing stomach pains and she is able to eat anything as her stomach is able to digest, she is now free to live her life like other children her age and be at school full time.

Children enjoying ePaP
Children enjoying ePaP
One of the cooks preparing ePaP
One of the cooks preparing ePaP
Peggy taking BMI of the children at one of our NCP
Peggy taking BMI of the children at one of our NCP
New look of the eZulwini NCP classroom
New look of the eZulwini NCP classroom
Children enjoying the reading center
Children enjoying the reading center
 
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