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Sep 25, 2017

Updates on our Neighbourhood Care Points

Ekuzukekeni NCP before-kids using big furniture
Ekuzukekeni NCP before-kids using big furniture

Finally term two is over and it’s back to school again and the children at the Neighbourhood care points are more than happy to be back. On the first day of term three, the children at Ekuzukekeni were met with a surprise at their Care point. It was all shove and push, it became survival of the fittest as they all tried to grab a chair on these tiny colourful tables and chairs bought for them. This brought a little tear to my eyes because all along they used a bench and a giant table which were too big for them. In order to reach these giant tables they had to kneel on them thus making it uncomfortable and there was not much space to move around. This has brought so much joy to the children and they don’t miss a day of school to sit on their colourful child friendly chairs.

Food was also delivered to the NCPs just before reopening day to make sure kids get their daily meals at the NCPs to help them develop.

This term was started on a high note whereby the importance of reading was instilled. It is well established that being able to read and write well leads to academic success and improved self-expression as well as self-confidence. Research shows that it becomes increasingly difficult for a child to catch up after grade three so children simply fall further and further behind.

As an organisation we found it to be very important to get our volunteers to read educational story books, this was very useful as the children got to interact with the volunteers and in turn this also boosts their English language skills, which is much needed when they go to “big school”.

We would like to thank everyone for your continued support for these children! We are able to make a difference in their lives every day. We wouldn’t be able to do this without your assistance. Siyabonga Kakhulu!!

Kids now using age approriate preschool furniture!
Kids now using age approriate preschool furniture!
Smile for the camera!
Smile for the camera!
Time to learn!
Time to learn!

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Jun 9, 2017

Back to School!

Preparing e-Pap at Nkhanini NCP
Preparing e-Pap at Nkhanini NCP

Greetings from Swaziland!!

 We are excited to be sending you our first report since we’ve been on GlobalGiving!!

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped us win the Open Challenge and become a permanent member on GlobalGiving.  This will enable us to continue our much needed work to provide Early Childhood Care and Education opportunities for vulnerable children who would otherwise have no access to it.

 

NCP Curriculum for Term 2

Our Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) reopened for Term 2 in the second week of May after a month-long school holiday.  During the school holidays, the All Out Staff and the teachers were busy preparing the Term 2 curriculum which consists of teacher’s guides and children’s workbooks.  These were printed and distributed to all the six NCPs with a total of 220 children in time for the first day of school!  The curriculum will help children continue to learn and get ready for "big school"!

 

Pilot Study on Supplementary Feeding with e-Pap

We had a Nutrition Intern, Esther, join us from the UK for four weeks, who initiated a pilot study on e-Pap at Nkhanini and Mlindazwe NCPs.  e-Pap is maize meal pap with all the necessary micro-nutrients for a complete diet.  Many of the children attending the NCPs do not have adequate food at home, and rely on the meals they receive at the NCPs. Some of the children are stunted due to lack of nutrition.  Adding e-Pap to the menu will ensure children are able to get enough nutrients every day for healthy development!  The study will continue for the next few months, and we will be able to report on the results.

 

New Playground at Mvutjini NCP

Children learn through play.  This was evident when a jungle gym was built at Mvutjini NCP and joy was written all over the children’s faces. Screaming, jumping and shouting was the order of the day. This jungle gym will help the children to develop their gross motor muscles (big muscles) and help with their physical development while having fun at the same time!

 

These are the major highlights from the last three months.  We will keep you posted on new developments in the coming months!

 

Teacher Mgazi preparing e-Pap at Mlindazwe NCP
Teacher Mgazi preparing e-Pap at Mlindazwe NCP
Yummy!
Yummy!
Let's colour!
Let's colour!
Term 2 Curriculum!
Term 2 Curriculum!
Play time!
Play time!
 
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