Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020

by Moya Trust (also known as Moya Centre)
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020
Monthly Dignity Packs for 120 Swati Kids in 2020

As a CBO, we must continuously assess the needs of our communities and find clever, sustainable ways to fulfil those needs, and we need to make sure we are not wasting resources. Since the last report submitted, we were able to evaluate this project and decided to make it 100% focused on Adolescent girls. We have realised that in as much as young men also need assistance with their hygiene; adolescent girls in the country are relatively negatively more impacted. We want to inform our kind donors that out of the growing need to create gender equity, we see the need to focus more on the girls for this project. Adolescent boys will remain beneficiaries in all our other programs as an organization.

With a third wave of Covid19 looming for us as a country and the vaccine roll out being behind schedule, the need for assistance has increased. Second batches of retrenchments were conducted in a lot of private companies, further cutting down income for many families. We have had to increase our list of beneficiaries as it became clear that the effects of these past couple of months had a ripple effect.

Due to recent political unrest in the country that saw majority local shops being burnt and vandalised, means that the disadvantaged now have to travel long distances to purchase toiletries from cities. Dignity Packs will be distributed amongst other aid interventions as food shortages have also drastically increased due to the unrest.

Fortunately our data collection for our programmes had already been conducted and we have 235 adolescent girls in all our programmes that need hygiene support. However due to the fact that schools are closed due to the political unrest, we will have to distribute packs together with food parcels. Our reoccurring donors’ generosity is going to go a long way in ensuring these young girls’ dignity is restored.  

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Following this report, we will update the project to reflect the year 2021. However, we will not erase and start a new project, given that so many of our donors are generous enough to be recurring for this initiative and their donations will continue to go to the same cause in 2021.

Dignity Pack distribution was done very differently in 2020, given that these packs had been given out in schools prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet throughout 2020, the funds were used to continue to assist adolescent girls and young women with sanitary pads, and also to provide hygiene items to all young people who needed it, with an added focus on sanitizer. Dignity Pack were given out at food distribution initiatives throughout 2020, as opposed to in schools, where they had previously been distributed. This did make it more difficult to identify those most in need, given that the school guidance and teachers, in partnership with peer supporters, were the ones to identify those most in need when schools were open. With schools closed, we were forced to use a more broad approach in order to not let children or youth fall through the cracks, and that was to distribute to everyone who was receiving food parcels as part of the emergency response project.

Due to the high volume of food parcels given out through various distributions throughout 2020, we were not able to provide dignity packs at every distribution event. However, for the last distribution in December of 2020, all Moya beneficiaries were given dignity packs with their food parcels. The funding for this came from this GlobalGiving fundraiser as well as through two other funding sources.

As we move forward and revitalize this project for 2021, a time when schools will (hopefully) be reopening, we plan to put a stronger focus on adolescent girls and young women, and ensuring this population has sanitary pads every month. This does not mean that our students in need, both male and female, will not receive dignity packs, it only means that we would like to make sure our girls have what they need, as we know that sanitary pads are one of the most, if not the most crucial part of these dignity packs. At the end of 2020, we conducted a research project among a large sample of our beneficiaries where we asked them about what it is they really need, and the challenges they still face. We will use this data to update the dignity packs project to best fit into what we’d like to achieve through the project in 2021-22. As a CBO, we must continuously assess the needs of our communities and find clever, sustainable ways to fulfill those needs, and we need to make sure we are not wasting resources.

Once we analyze the data from our recent research, we will be able to appropriately update the Dignity Pack project, and we look forward to sharing that with you. This project has, by far, the most recurring donors, and we can’t thank you enough for that. There is no project that needs recurring donations more than this one. Please be on the lookout for our updated project!

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Given the circumstance of this year, specifically the time between last reporting period and now, there is not much to report on regarding this project as schools have remained closed to all grades other than those writing external examinations within the next two months. However, the concept of proper hygiene has now become more important than ever, and even though the original project concept cannot be fulfilled this year, Moya has a plan to get our children the resources they need to stay clean, feel confident and increase their risk of viral transmission.

This project was originally designed around the Peer Supporter program Moya manages within our local schools. Given the situation of Covid-19 this year and schools closing, the Peer Supporter program was put on hold, and it is clear now that it will remain that way until schools reopen next year. This initiative was in partnership with the guidance programs within the schools, and in an effort to continue with a sustainable initiative, we’d prefer that it remain that way. When the Peer Supporter Program continues next year, so will the dignity packs. However, we have decided to take a different approach with the dignity packs for the few students in school in the upcoming weeks until exams are complete.

Local schools have recently reached out to Moya Centre with the concern that they do not have the proper hygiene items to ensure the schools remain a safe environment for the grades that are attending. We have decided that for those students faced with the harsh reality of taking exams to move to the next grade, despite having limited learning throughout the year, we will provide modified dignity packs that will focus more on items to prevent the transmission of Covid-19, while also include other important items such as sanitary pads for female students. We will complete this initiative within the coming weeks. As a community-based organization, we are accustomed to altering our plan to fit with the needs of our community and this is an example of that.

We are hopeful that with Giving Tuesday approaching, our friends both within Eswatini and abroad will support us in ensuring our holiday campaign is a success, and many children will have proper hygiene items as they write their exams and leave school for the holiday break. I am sure you can agree that hygiene items are even more important and more appreciated this year than ever before, and would make a perfect holiday gift for the children within our communities. Please consider revisiting our project page with this thought I mind, and also sharing the story of our work with your friends and family.

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Although this has been an interesting year, and projects such as this are unable to go according to plan due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and more specifically, students not being at school, we do still have updates, and have made some progress with distributing dignity packs to those in our communities who need them most. We also have not raised as much funds for this project as we would have hoped, since we started an emergency relief campaign for those impacted most due to the national lockdown caused by the pandemic.

As of today, we have raised just shy of 15% of the funds we would need to provide 120 kids with dignity packs each month. From January- May of this year, 12 students (10% of 120 students projected to benefit) have received a dignity pack each month, totalling to 60 dignity packs. As we evaluate how to move forward and spend that additional 5%, we are on track to guarantee we are identifying the kids in our schools and communities who really do need this service the most. Since we do not have the funds to provide the packs to 120 students, its becomes even more important to make sure those who we do give dignity packs to, are in fact the ones who need it the most.

The 12 children and youth who are receiving dignity packs each month are living in such dire circumstances, that they have been referred to our psycho-social support department from other community authorities, such as schools, police, and Moya caregivers. Most of what Moya tries to do is sustainable, but each year, a short list is compiled of families in the absolute worst circumstances, who literally need Moya’s assistance to survive. This list is compiled from December-January, and so since then, the children and youth in those families have received dignity packs. This has allowed us to continue this project, even on a small scale, while school is not in session, while also allowing us to provide the basic necessities for proper hygiene to families who need these items the most, including adolescent girls and young women who have no access to sanitary pads.

It is projected for schools to resume sometime in July. Luckily, we were able to train this year’s Peer Supporters for all highs schools and primary schools before the pandemic arrived in country. This means that as soon as school resumes, we will have an opportunity to meet with them, and they will then identify students who need dignity packs. Due to the limited number of packs we will have available, we may decide to change recipients each month dependent on need and circumstances.

We are so thankful for all of the support our donors have offered us on this campaign, and would like to ask that we all work together to continue to inform people about this project. As families struggle through this pandemic with very little or no income, also needing to feed their children an extra meal each day since they are out of school, hygiene items are needed more than ever as well. These important items were already unaffordable for so many, and now it has just become an impossible situation for those children and youth.

 

Please note that due to the sensitivity of this project, we cannot provide photos of recipients. However, we attached our recently published annual stakeholders report for 2019, and would love for you to take a look at all of the work we were able to accomplish last year, while also getting to know Moya Centre a little better.


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When you first look at the amount we've raised so far for this project, you may think it is not going to get funded. Yet, if you look a bit closer and realize how many recurring donations we have received, it becomes clear that we are well on our way to success. 

Prior to this past Friday, we had raised enough funds to provide 55 dignity packs to three of our partner schools so far this year. On Friday, we received funding for an additional 108 packs to be purchased and distributed to our five remaining partner schools. And so we are off to a great start. The recurring donations we are receiving guarantee at least 12 students (or one partner school) will receive dignity packs each month. 

What makes this project so wonderful is that it can continue on for an entire year, or even longer. The children and youth who benefit from these items are not always the same, and as a family moves into more fortunate circumstances and can afford the items, a new child will be identified as in need. The project will always work to identify and benefit the students who have the highest need for hygiene items. 

The main impact of the Dignity Packs project is to decrease truancy rates, especially with pubescent girls, as well as increase self-confidence of both males and females who receive the packs. You are doing this for the neediest students in our community by contributing to this project. We ask that you visit our page from March 23rd-27th to take part in the Little by Little Matching campaign where your donation can be matched by GlobalGiving. This project, and all of you, are a perfect example of how moving little by little in a right direction, as long as we move together, can lead us to not only achieving, but exceeding the goals we set for Moya Centre.

As always, thank you so very much for supporting Moya Centre and the Dignity Pack Project.

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Moya Trust (also known as Moya Centre)

Location: Mahlanya - Eswatini
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Katelyn Panzarella
Mahlanya, Eswatini
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