COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief

by All Out Africa Foundation
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COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
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COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
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COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
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COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
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COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
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COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
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COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief
COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief

COVID-19 has brought a lot of hardships especially amongst the less privileged. Through your immense support, All Out Africa has been able to put smiles to many impoverished homes around Ezulwini and surrounding through providing basic food for those who need it most. Without the GlobalGiving family, all of this would not be possible.

On a positive note, 141 children graduated this December from the 8 neighbourhood Care Points supported by All Out Africa. We were filled with mixed feelings as the possibilities for them joining primary school remain a question due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, we are proud of these children as they remained cheery even during these hardships. Nobody knows what the future holds for these children as the virus continues to soar with its associated restrictions on educational possibilities. We are hopeful that schools in Eswatini may open again in the not too distant future and that these children will get a chance at the education they need to lift themselves out of poverty.

We were also able to host a series of Christmas parties (each with less than 50 children) for over 300 underprivileged children through a donation made by our supporters in Norway, appreciation goes to former volunteer Atle Sundoy. We thank everyone for the immense support. We are hopeful that 2021 will be a better year for everyone. Despite the difficult situation we are all facing, we wish you all a Safe and Happy New Year!

 

Siyabonga Kakhulu!!   

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Since the advent of COVID 19, the number of children coming to dish up at the All Out Africa NCPs has greatly increased. The increase is a result of children coming into dish up for other family members. They also fetch food for their elderly parents, physically impaired siblings and to seek guidance. These communities that work with All Out Africa are mostly poverty-stricken especially during the time of COVID 19 although on the surface this is not immediately apparent.

 

Last month All Out Africa was able to support a further 46 families through the support of your donations. With additional support, we can be able to reach out to even more under-privileged families. We humbly plead that you continue to pledge your support towards the people of Eswatini during these trying times. On behalf of the families that need it most, we greatly appreciate your continued support.

 

Thank you!

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The world is faced with the COVID 19 pandemic and Eswatini has not been spared. Eswatini is the second hardest-hit country in Southern Africa after South Africa. The economic impact due to this pandemic has caused major job losses which have resulted in severe poverty and many families have found themselves in a dire state with no income to sustain even their very basic necessities like food. Although international travel has been allowed in South Africa, there are restrictions that have prevented an economic come back for a country heavily reliant on tourism.

Through these difficult times, All Out Africa through your donations has been able to provide food parcels each and every month for 44 families from April to September 2020 and with the assistance of the British High Commission, we have been providing food parcels for a further 55 families monthly since July 2020. Poverty-stricken families who benefited included those with a terminally ill family member, child-headed families, and families headed by elderly grandparents. Thanks to a donation by Swaziland Charitable Trust we were able to top up the Rice, Mealie-Meal, Chicken Pieces, oil and Vegetables with a highly nutritious breakfast food supplement called E-PAP.

We appreciate all the support we receive from the GlobalGiving family. Without you, there are many vulnerable families who would not have survived the pandemic lockdown. Unfortunately due to reduced donations, this month we can only support 10 vulnerable families through our GlobalGiving relief fund. Please do continue supporting this important cause. Your immense support is really appreciated and we hope we can get further support as the situation worsens in the country with people continuing to lose their jobs and the extension to a state of National Emergency.

No matter how bad the situation, we shall continue to do all we can to help!

 

THANK YOU!!  

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As the cold dreary winds of Autumn blow, ushering in an early winter chill through southern Africa, whilst still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the remedial lockdown, vulnerable families brace themselves for the added strife of a fast approaching dry winter. Maize fields have dried up, indigenous fruit trees are bare, dust everywhere, and concerns of loss of income generating opportunities, which took hold during the lockdown, are intensified with the looming beginning of this season. Through your generosity, many vulnerable families have been provided with an essential lifeline delivered through All Out Africa Foundation, a few of the daily growing number.

The 15th May 2020 Food parcel delivery preparations begin with hope and excitement. This week our standard food parcel of 10kg Rice, 5kg Beans, 3kg sugar, 5kg chicken, bar of soap, 2l cooking and salt has received a boost of canned fruits, mixed canned jams, 10kg maize meal and several boxes of a nutritional traditional maize meal drink from locally based friends. The impending winter season has intensified our determination to help. We are making deliveries to 18 vulnerable families in the Bethany, Mhlanya, Lobamba, Nkhanini, Ekuzukekeni, Elangeni, Mlindzawe, Ezulwini and Mvutshini communities. The tears of relief and the looks of hope with each delivery helps renew All Out Africa Foundation’s conviction to make a difference. A grandmother is speechless, tears roll down her face while her three grandchildren (aged 5-11) look at her wide eyed. She used up the last maize meal the night before after rationing by serving one meal a day for the last two weeks. During this poignant moment no words are exchanged or necessary.

The delivery of food parcels on the 29th of May 2020 assisted a further 18 vulnerable families and were received with a deeper appreciation, not only for the recipients but for those making deliveries as well. During this trip, All Out Africa Foundation was joined by Tristan and Tana Roques, children and protégés of the Foundation’s founder, who are running a COVID-19 relief fundraiser to strengthen the impact and reach of the food deliveries. On this delivery day, we were met by a mourner at a homestead in Nkhanini belonging to a an elderly man who lost his elderly bedridden wife a few days earlier. Due to the lockdown, friends and family have been unable to assist him, and in his words - after translation - “They heard my cries across the sea.” The extension of the lockdown in Eswatini reinforced the need to intensify food delivery efforts. The number of vulnerable families increases daily. The economic crisis deepens with each passing day in lockdown, hope of returning “to normal”, which was a struggle already, disappears. Schools such as those based at the All Out Africa Foundation care points that at least provided 2 meals a day to vulnerable children remain closed indefinitely. Through your support we have been able to provide some relief and can only continue to do so through your donation. Your donations have supported 81 families, a total of 288 vulnerable people. Words of thanks cannot begin to describe the heartfelt gratitude expressed by all these families. Siyabonga kakhulu!

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On the 27st March 2020 the government of Eswatini went into lockdown due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. The international travel ban has caused job losses in a country reliant on the tourism industry, which increased vulnerability in a country already affected an HIV/AIDS pandemic. The resulting economic crash has had a severe effect considering that prior to this 60% of people lived below the poverty line. Families who were struggling to put food on the table before the Corona Outbreak are finding it near impossible during this time.

All Out Africa supports over 200 orphaned and vulnerable children in 8 Neighbourhood Care Points providing early childhood education and two much needed nutritious meals a day. According to government regulations these have been closed during the lockdown. All Out Africa has rallied together staff & vehicles and started a COVID-19 RELIEF FUND to support these children and other vulnerable families most affected by this Corona Virus Pandemic. Through this fund we have received support from many of our friends and extended family and we are on a mission to use these funds as best we can to get food to those who need it most in a bid to reduce hunger, mitigate poverty & maintain health.

Working with traditional authorities in nine communities so far, we have identified vulnerable families in need of food relief, a majority of whom are run by elderly grandparents responsible for their grandchildren who were orphaned by the HIV pandemic in the country. While in some households children as young as 14 years old are heads of their families.

On the 17th of April, All Out Africa staff members headed out in two vehicles to deliver food packages to 24 vulnerable families. Each package consisted of 5kg sugar beans, 10 kg rice, 5kg chicken portions, 3 kg sugar, a bar green soap, 10kg potatoes, 10 beetroots, 10kg onions, salt, 2l cooking oil. The families are in the Bethany, Mhlanya, Lobamba, Nkhanini, Ekuzukekeni, Elangeni, Mlindzawe, Ezulwini and Mvutshini communities. We were met by tears of joy and heartfelt thanks. With your support we were able to provide much needed food to eighty seven people in these families, worst of whom was a grandmother living on a remote mountainside with her grandchildren aged 4 and 6, who had not eaten a meal in two days. We encountered elderly people bedridden by illness being given care by children as young at 9, who protectively adhered to World Health Organisation COVID-19 guidelines. Some built their own hand washing stations to keep their elders safe from infection.

On the 1st of May we embarked on another food delivery for a further twenty one vulnerable families and once again experiencing the tears of relief from these families who would not have to go to bed on empty stomachs. Seventy One people benefited from this.

So far, with your support we have provided food packages to 45 vulnerable families, a total of 157 people, and food relief stipends to a further 12 families. With thousands more needing basic food as the infection rate & it’s economic woes increase daily in a society which is already struggling economically. From all the families you have assisted and from All Out Africa we would like to thank you all for this support and ask your continued lifesaving generosity. There are many more families to reach and we aim to continue these food deliveries monthly for those that need it for the next 6 months. Siyabonga kakhulu!

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All Out Africa Foundation

Location: Ezulwini, Lobamba - Eswatini
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Kim Roques
Ezulwini, Lobamba Eswatini
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