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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
Dec 4, 2018

ENDING 2018 ON A HIGH NOTE

Graduation ceremony at one of our NCPs
Graduation ceremony at one of our NCPs

Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow and produce their bounty. The same is true for a child’s education, they need to have good preparatory education to excel in their academic life. AOA has 7 NCPs and is on the process of building the 8th. This year’s graduation ceremony boasts of 113 graduates who are moving on to primary school in 2019. It was so moving to see the teachers become emotional as they said goodbye to the children as the community and guardians celebrated their achievements.

We would like to thank our visitors from our partners at Responsible Travel. They filmed a video at our NCP and “Trip for a Trip”. These trips are useful in a number of ways especially educational as the children get to visit places like Mlilwane nature reserve. We cannot wait for this video, which will be out soon.

The exposure on GG has given us new opportunities as we have gained 2 new sponsors through fundraisers. If you would like to join the fundraising efforts you can go to our page and click “create your own fundraiser”. These fundraisers work our sustainability plan and make our NCPs even better!

We end 2018 on a very high note as we took our NCP children to Nyanza stables, where they were able to play and bond with domestic animals such as tortoises, goats, horses, calves etc. they learn about these animals at the NCPs, as it is in line with our curriculum. The children were also treated to a picnic themed Christmas party.

All of us at AOA are very grateful for your continued support because we wouldn’t be here without loyal people like you. You could have chosen any other organization but, but we appreciate that you have continued to support us.

Wishing you all a prosperous New Year and Happy Christmas!  

 

THANK YOU!!

Children gazing at the calves
Children gazing at the calves
Former volunteers fundraising in Amsterdam
Former volunteers fundraising in Amsterdam
Merry Christmas to everyone
Merry Christmas to everyone
Sep 5, 2018

Giving back to the community and NCPs

microfinance ladies showing off their products
microfinance ladies showing off their products

 

Saluting Supermoms

 I am filled with pride and gratitude when I think of these single mothers who are not only raising their own children but also those who are less fortunate in the community of Mvutjini. They do this with no assistance from relatives, who work more than one job in order to feed, clothe, and put these children through school. They bend over backwards to give their children the best life they can.

These women are the heroes of our society. They show that being a single parent is not the end of the world and if being strong for your children, one day it will pay off. These women are known as the micro finance ladies. They are a group of 7 single mothers who lost their husbands due to different circumstances. Global Giving donors have helped these women reach their goal as they have been awarded a loan to grow their small business.

 

Nurturing NCP kids Early

 Early childhood development is crucial. With your help we were able to gather the most needed resources for our children, so that their abilities or talents can be identified and nurtured at a younger age. Everyone has a God given talent, but you need resources to unlock and support it.

 Thank you so much for your donations as we will be transforming all our 6 NCP classrooms into different learning areas. These areas will help in a tremendous way as we currently have large numbers of children to one teacher, with the renovations, the teacher will easily manage her class. The teacher can also determine by observation the progress of the children. We are excited to announce this process that has already started by the building team that has been very busy repainting the classrooms. The new classroom walls will be ready before the re-opening of third term so the kids will arrive at school to a new and improved classroom.

 

NCP Teachers Training

Every two months we are able to host a teacher’s trainings for our NCP teachers. During these trainings we discuss various issues from personal to work related. These trainings are importantly hosted to help empower our teachers as they are not trained but are only volunteering due to the passion they have for these less fortunate children. We spoke about topics including reminding each other on how to use the curriculum. Positive discipline to the children, Cleanliness of our NCPs to curb the spread of diseases as well as the importance of communication to both the children they teach and the volunteers that assist them. We were also able to pass out donated supplies like crayons, story books and toys.

THANK YOU!!

NCP teachers at their training
NCP teachers at their training
NCP teacher distributing worksheets
NCP teacher distributing worksheets
A volunteer repainting one of our NCP's
A volunteer repainting one of our NCP's
 
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