It is that time of year again where we celebrate the milestones of the underprivileged children that we support in the eight Neighborhood Care Points the All Out Africa Foundation currently runs. Due to the aftereffects of COVID-19, the number of children in our NCPs has gone up tremendously, with a total of 200 children graduating and heading into primary school next year.
The children were very excited as they showcased what they have been learning through the year. They performed confidently in front of AOA guests and their proud parents. These children were able to get quality preschool education through the support of AOA. This will help them do as well in school as children who have attended private pre-schools. This will also in turn limit school dropouts later due to the lack of confidence or educational attainment in school.
The children start school knowing their alphabets, numbers, days of the week, and rhymes as well as writing their names and joining three-letter words. Statistics show that 63% of children in Eswatini do not receive early childhood education, often leading to school dropouts as children lack the critical foundation necessary to succeed later down the line. Enthusiasm was the order of the day, with the most favourite performance for everyone was the traditional dance performed by the girls.
The event wouldn’t be complete without food. Everyone was treated to a meal of fried chicken, fried rice, beetroot, potato salad, and steamed carrots. These meals were prepared by the cooking ladies that work at the NCPs and enjoyed by all who attended the graduation ceremony at the 8 NCPs we support. We are looking forward to an even better year ahead.
Wishing Everyone a Happy Festive Season and a Prosperous New Year!
While our 8 Neighborhood Care Points (NCPs) have enjoyed programmatic successes, the rise in economic inflation and the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have made our programs more expensive this last fiscal year.
The continued support is very much appreciated and essential to our contributions to the futures of children, families, and communities in our world that lack opportunity We cannot do this without all of your donations. All Out Africa Foundation hopes to build and maintain our donor relationships as we continue to carry out work in the communities in and around Ezulwini.
The need on the ground is huge. We would like to reach out to even more children in the communities that we work with, and this can only be made possible by you our supporters. We are able to continue providing Rice, Beans, Cooking Oil, Soup, Sugar, Bar of Soap, Pot Scorer, Chicken Stock Powder and Salt to more than 300 children every month. This supplements the Maize Meal and Jugo Beans supplied by World Food Program who are also our partners.
All Out Africa started vegetable gardens at the 8 NCPs that they support. This helps provide fresh vegetables to the children on a daily basis. The gardens have Spinach, Cabbage, Beetroot, Carrots, Onions and Lettuce. We are so grateful to have dedicated support staff members at the NCPs who work tirelessly to make sure the gardens are always looking good.
In our ongoing preschool program, AOA continues to provide quality Early Childhood Education to underprivileged children in eZulwini and surrounding. International volunteers placed in the NCPs for childcare program help read a story to the children every day. This helps develop the children’s literacy skills, concentration, and communication skills. They also help in art lessons and curriculum development.
The after-school homework club program is attended by primary school children between the ages of 10 to 15. They get to be helped with their homework every Monday to Wednesday by volunteers in Math and English. About 36 children get to benefit from this program.
Your support is very much appreciated.
All Out Africa continues each year to motivate more than 300 children by nurturing them with pre-school education in 8 Neighborhood Care Points around eZulwini valley. We also continue to provide nutritional meals and quality education to these children every day.
Although faced with the global economic inflation due to the war in Ukraine, your support makes it possible for us to continue do what we do.
Through all of your donations, we were able to renovate Bethany NCP. This NCP now looks more colorful and child friendly. The children were elated to see their new classroom. We were also able to change one of the classes into a play room. They now have the previlege of playing indoors with educational toys, like other chidren from private pre-schools.
Your continued support will enable us to continue renovate the other 7 NCP’s we work with. This will make all the NCP’s look the same. A big thank you to each and every one of you who always keep us in their thoughts. Your support never goes unnoticed, no matter how small, it goes a long way. Thank you so much for making all of this possible.
“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other –not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future” Nelson Mandela.
Together, we faced a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic has reminded us of all of our common humanity. It has been affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life.
The needs of the children and communities that we support have grown as the economic impact of COVID has worsened. In a country with the third-highest youth unemployment in the world, many lost their jobs yet they have to continue living and supporting their families. Those on the brink of poverty, especially children, are affected the worst. Through your support via GlobalGiving we continue to feed more than 300 children daily through the soup kitchens at the 8 Neighborhood Care Points (NCP) we run.
These children get to benefit two wholesome meals a day prepared by the cooks at our NCP soup kitchens. With the funds through GlobalGiving we buy Rice, Beans, Sugar, Salt, Vegetables, Cooking Oil, Chicken Soup, and Spices. These groceries are complimented with a highly nutritious supplement called epap supplied to us by one of our long-standing partner Eswatini Charitable Trust. We received 50 bales which are shared amongst the NCP’S and the community. These we distribute to families in the community that are in extreme poverty and terminally ill and elderly.
It is really good to see signs of things getting back to pre-COVID levels. Children are back to school and we have started receiving international volunteers again. We are able to fully commit ourselves by continuing to help less privileged children with their homework through our homework club program. We also help them with their English and Maths skills, this is done with the help of volunteers.
We would like to take this opportunity to send out our hearts to everyone who has been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. All of your continued support is hugely appreciated.
We have come to the end of yet another challenging year. Hopes were high after the vaccine roll out and people vaccinated in numbers including the All Out Africa staff and the support staff we work with in the communities. We had hoped that by now the whole pandemic catastrophe would be in the past but with the new variant (Omicron) it looks like we still need to be patient until it has been eradicated.
With your support during these challenging times, we were able to reach out to the 10 most vulnerable families who received 10 kg Rice, 5 kg Beans, 3kg Sugar, 5kg Chick pieces, Bar of Soap, 2L Cooking Oil and 1kg Salt. The food parcels were also complimented with packets of nutritional supplements called EPAP supplied to us by Eswatini Charitable Trust who are our long standing local partners.
Although schools have been closed due to the political unrest in the country, All Out Africa continued to support orphaned and vulnerable children at the NCPs with nutritional meals. Through your continued support, all the 8 NCP’s received 10kg rice, 10kg beans, 2l cooking oil, 5kg sugar, Soup, salt, and soap and 300 less fortunate children got to benefit. Nothing could stop us from hosting the annual Christmas parties for these less fortunate children. They were treated to Rice, chicken stew or fried chicken, beetroot and butternut, juice as well as cake. Without your support we would not be able to do what we do. Nothing can stop us from trying to alleviate poverty as well as providing Early Childhood Education to children who might have never got the chance to be in a classroom or even hold a crayon. Your support is very much appreciated. Wishing you all Happy Holidays!
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