Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students

by Moya Trust (also known as Moya Centre)
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Holistic School Sponsorship for 20+ Swati Students
Moya Uniform distribution
Moya Uniform distribution

The time to update this project has come. It is the second year of Covid and in as much as we have come far in providing the vaccine, we are still behind in its roll out programme. With schools having adjusted to the online and in face hybrid learning platform, there was less anxiety over the school year. The roll out of the vaccine is now inclusive of young people from the ages of 12 to 18. The vaccination of young people has just begun in the country. We have been encouraging our beneficiaries to vaccinate. The elderly, frontline workers and teachers have been our priority in getting the jab for Covid. Teachers in schools have taken the jab, as well as organizations that are working with children. We as Moya staff have also taken the jab so to set an example for the community that we work with. Moya Centre paid all bursary fees this year as well, this was necessary as this supports the wages of ancillary staff, school meals and maintenance projects.

Most schools restarted in class learning this year which assisted in quelling the anxiety over students not retaining any information from the syllabus. The country has experienced political unrest which has resulted to the untimely closure of schools. Most schools continue to use online learning. Learners were given two mid-term breaks that accumulated to three days of rest. The schools were on the course on the third term but unfortunately political and civil unrest ensued in Eswatini in September, further delaying the school calendar. Schools had to be closed to ensure the safety of both teachers and students. This means that students hadn’t gotten a chance to write their examinations before the planned end of term in August. The schools are set to be open on the 23rd of November 2021 which is also a tentative date.

Moya distributed about 200 school Uniform to four Primary Schools. We work close with career guidance teachers in identifying children who are needy. Moya distributed shoes, uniforms, jerseys, trousers and shirts.

We are very happy to report that this project has been able to reach its goal which was $10000, we have extended the goal to $20000. Now we are looking to Sponsor 25+ new students in 2022, which realistically puts us back at the starting point each year. There are 38 students who we are expecting to complete High School when this school year wraps up next year. We are updating the project to reflect this so as to notify our recurring donors so they can be aware of where their gracious donations are going to. As always, we thank you for your support, it goes a long way in empowering our beneficiaries.

uniform beneficiaries
uniform beneficiaries
National Newspaper article on uniform distribution
National Newspaper article on uniform distribution

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The time to update this project has come. It is the second year of Covid and in as much as we have come far regarding finding a vaccine, we are still behind in its roll out programme. With schools having adjusted to the online and in face hybrid learning platform, there was less anxiety over the school year. However, with the vacinne roll out still focusing on the elderly and frontline workers, learners and teachers have not received their vaccinations. Moya Centre paid all bursary fees this year as well, this was necessary as this support the wages of ancillary staff, school meals and maintenance projects.

Most schools restarted in class learning this year which assisted in quelling the anxiety over students not retaining any information from the syllabus. For both high and secondary schools, radio lessons continued covering a variety of subjects. This year both teachers and students had become more acquainted with elements of online learning, making for an easier roll out. Learners were given two mid-term breaks that accumulated to three days of rest. The second term was set to close on the 29th of August 2021 but unfortunately political and civil unrest ensued in Eswatini in June, further delaying the school calendar. Schools had to be closed to ensure the safety of both teachers and students. This means that students hadn’t gotten a chance to write their examinations before the planned end of term in August. We have yet to hear on when classes can resume and what that will mean for examinations and results.

Learning support for our students has been elevated during this period as most parents can’t afford to provide online learning essentials for their children. The looting and burning that occurred has also exacerbated unemployment levels. Some parents who were able to provide beginning of the year can’t provide anymore.

We are very happy to report that this project has raised 97% of its goal. However, we have to update the project to reflect the current needs for 2021. Now we are looking to Sponsor 25+ new students, which realistically puts us back at the starting point each year. There are 38 students who we are expecting to complete High School this year. We are updating the project to reflect this so as to notify our recurring donors so they can be aware of where their gracious donations are going to. As always, we thank you for your support, it goes a long way in empowering our beneficiaries.

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This will be the final report issued before the Holistic School Sponsorship project is updated on GlobalGiving. It is time to update the project page to reflect current times. It was not already done because the pandemic left lots of room for uncertainty last year. We now have answers to many questions we had about this project last year, but there are still some things that remain uncertain even now, a year later.

Moya Centre did move forward with paying all bursary fees for our students in 2020. This was necessary to keep the teachers paid, and also to keep the schools running for Form 3 and 5 students, and also to ensure other students received lessons through distance learning. School took place almost exclusively through lessons given over the radio and television throughout 2020. For Form 3 and 5, they did return to the classroom late in the year to prepare for exams, and exams were conducted. We were pleasantly surprised with the results, considering the unprecedented difficulties students faced last year. For Form 3, all 33 of our students sat of exams and only two failed. 25 Form 5 students also sat for exams, with no failures and 13 having done exceptionally well. We are very proud of the resilience our students showed throughout 2020, and continue to show now.

As we begin March of 2021, schools are still not open for the year, as a partial lockdown remains in place. Yet school is expected to open soon and Moya is preparing for that. We have at least 25 spots open for our holistic sponsorship, as that is how many Form 5 students completed school, and therefore the program through Moya. We will also be conducting a re-application process for those going into Form 4, to assess those who are committed to the entire program, and to also replace those who failed, as Moya does not continue to sponsor students who fail unless there is a circumstance that truly warrants a second chance.

We are very happy to report that this project has raised 90% of its goal. However, this goal was for the year 2020, and those 20+ students were sponsored through GlobalGiving and additional funding. Now we are looking to Sponsor 20+ new students, which realistically puts us back at the starting point each year. We will update the project to reflect this, but with all the recurring donors, we do not want to erase this project and start new, as those of you generous enough to give monthly know exactly what you are still giving to.

As always, we thank you for your support, and hope that you will take the time to read the updated project which will be posted on GlobalGiving within the coming weeks.

Note- We will include pictures in the next pdate as students have not yet been selected. 

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This report is very brief, as very little has changed since the previous report due to most students still being out of school. The only sponsored students who have returned to school are Form 5 students who have already begun sitting their external exams. However we’d like our friends and donors to know that support for our students hasn’t wavered and Moya Centre has been hard at work, changing focus a bit to help our children through this difficult year. Moya Centre is accustomed to changing with the needs of the community, both in new initiatives we start, and within ones we are already doing. The holistic sponsorship project is no exception to this rule.

Moya did pay a portion of all Sponsored Students’ tuition at the start of the year and this money was used to help sustain the property and teacher salaries while schools are closed. Full tuition has been paid for Form 5 students, as they are sitting for exams now, and returned back to school months ago to prepare to finish their general education by the end of this year. Our students being out of school has led to them needing an increase in support in other areas. Since school was, for many of the students, where they received their most substantial meal of the day, food security has become a large problem in our catchment area, like more areas within the country. Moya was able to secure funding to do several food distributions since the impact of Covid-19 started hitting our communities. Sponsored students received food parcels in May, July and September, and will receive one more before the end of the year to ensure a less-stressful holiday for them and their families. Aside from food parcels, our students have received regular psycho-social support to help with the stress and confusion of Covid-19. Masks and sanitizer were given as well, along with a solar light to help our students with little or no electricity to continue reading and studying while at home.

The holistic school sponsorship program is such an important part of our work at Moya Centre and so of course we plan to continue this fundraising campaign through 2021 as we continue to support our currents students, and with the help of friends and donors, we can begin supporting a new intake class as well. We expect schools to reopen in January as we start a new school year here in Eswatini. With this past year being so difficult for our students, this sponsorship, and the stability that comes along with it, is needed more than ever. This means that we need our friends, our supporters and our donors more than ever. December 1st is Giving Tuesday, and we are taking part in a huge campaign within the GlobalGiving Community. We ask everyone who knows about the work we are doing and the impact we are having to not only donate, but even more importantly to spread the word, and the link to our campaigns so we can widen our network and ensure our children continue to receive this essential support.

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Mask and Tippy Tap Education Session
Mask and Tippy Tap Education Session

Although this has been a very strange year for school sponsorship, given the Covid-19 pandemic the world is currently facing, the year did start off normal, and so there is a great deal to report on regarding this project from before schools closed, and also how Moya Centre has been able to support sponsored students since the closure of schools as well. There are still plenty of unknowns on how this school year will continue, and we will be sure to update our donors on that, and how we will be handling it, in the next report.

This year, the management team at Moya has decided to make a change in our sponsorship selection process. This change is the addition of a re-application process for current sponsored students entering into form 4. This means that students will apply when the originally seek sponsorship, and again when they are approaching their final two years of high school. We see this as a way to reconnect with our students, some of whom had been with us for three years by that point, while also building confidence and useful skills. Since so many high-school aged children are in need of sponsorship in Lobmaba Lomdzala, this also helps us to guarantee we are selecting the right students who are willing to put the effort in to secure their own future. The new process included a short written application followed by a one-on-one interview. For almost all of these students, this was their first opportunity to experience such a process. We feel that it was an experience they will consider useful when they are seeking a job, or filling out tertiary applications once they graduate high school.

To provide the most transparent picture of how this process goes, we will take you through the stages of what happened in order for out Holistic High School Sponsorship beneficiaries to be prepared and in the classroom by school opening on January 21st, 2020.

  • Selection Process and Homesteads visits- Forty five (45) new learners wereselected to join Moya’s holistic sponsorship program this year. The selection process was done through the Guidance Teachers and Administrators of the eight (8) Moya Partner schools, the three (3) Chiefdoms working with Moya Centre through the Community Advisory Council (CAC) and also a few came from the Moya PSS department through cases.Homestead visits were also conducted for learners joining Moya Centre, the visits help the organization to know the home situation of the learner, the support they have at home level and mostly if that support will see them through their education years.
  • Form 3 interviews and selection- Two (2) sessions of interviews were conducted to accommodate all Moya Sponsored learners going into form 4 including those which are to repeat form 4 in 2020. A total of thirty-seven (37) learners were interviewed. The interview was a written and oral one. The selection results were as follows: Fully passed interview-23, 1 year probation- 10, Out of Moya Care-4         Note- for the first time Moya Centre has conducted the above mentioned exercise. Some of the reasons the Organization embarked on this exercise is to offer learners a chance to practice and be familiar with interview process, value the sponsorship of Moya, realize their own talents and skills, to raise awareness of what other Moya programs offer to them e.g. motivational workshops, door size gardens etc.
  •  Meetings with parents/guardians-Two (2) meetings were held at Moya Centre with the Moya Sponsored learners with their parents/guardians. The second meeting was to accommodate parents/guardians and learners who missed the first one. The meetings were both highly successful and learners and parents/guardians were reminded about the Moya policies and procedures, the importance of garden work and how it will aid them with food shortage and skill learning. The Psycho-social support officers talked about how learners can increase their self-esteem through communication, which is the theme for year 2020 at Moya Centre. A member of the Eswatini Royal Police (Malkerns Police Station) talked to the learners about the dangers of substance abuse. She also empowered parents why it is important to support, supervise and be present in their children’s lives and educational journey. She used case scenarios of cases where they think as police if the parents/guardian were observant, the case would not have happened or escalated. The schools representative of the Lobamba Lomdzala Umphakatsi also emphasized on the theme of parents/guardians supporting their children. He also encouraged the learners to take their schoolwork serious and also explore their other skills and talent. A total of 131 parents/guardians and 132 Moya Sponsored learners attended and benefitted from both meetings. For late selections or those who missed both meetings, they were informed on what was discussed at the meetings on an individual basis.
  • Child profiles and selection process (new learners) - The process of profiling each student every year is crucial to our program being holistic in nature.A great deal can change in a year, and so we require every sponsored student, both new and old,  to sit down with a Psycho-social Support officer and go over general circumstances of their lives. This allows us to provide these kids with all the support thy need, both inside and outside of school, and both emotionally and tangibly. A total of 132 Moya Centre Sponsored learners (including the 45 new ones) were profiled. During the child profile exercise the PSS department attend to all sponsored learners checking on their personal details, health and well-being, food security and availability, personal safety, social and emotional well- being.
  •  Findings from this year exercise were as follows:

               Lights- 26 learners were identified to be in need of light assistance.

              Blankets- 6 learners were identified to be in need of blankets assistance.

             Counseling-During the child profile exercise a total of 29 Moya Sponsored learners were identified               to be in need of counselling. The learners were counselled for resilience and encouragement,                           trauma, sexually reproductive health, emotional abuse, peer pressure and trauma after sexual abuse.               Please note: the sexual abuse case happened during the school holidays and her case was reported               to the Malkerns DCS police by her grand- mother. At Moya she received counselling. If it had not yet                 been reported, Moya PSS department would have immediately involved the police as we always do                 in such situations.

            Monitoring- all the counselled learners will receive monitoring from Moya PSS officers though their                  schools, by phone in some cases and also 4 will be monitored by Moya PSS caregivers at the                          community level.

            Food Security and availability-One learner joined the monthly food list this year. The Master list with              the 2020 base line on gardens was forwarded to the Healthy Pro-Active Living (HPL) department to                  work on the food security and food availability for Sponsored learners through the Door Size Gardens              (DSG) project.

  • Social Welfare and Deputy Prime Ministers Office Educational Grants- All sponsored students need to be part of the national social welfare system due to their circumstances. This means that the government does pay a portion of their schooling while Moya makes up the rest, as well as providing the stationary, uniforms, guidance and support that they need. Every learner is entitled to this government support, and Moya’S sponsorship is there to supplement it for those who desperately need that extra support, and would still not be able to attend school with only the educational grant provided by the government. However, we often run into students who have been overlooked, or are just entering high school (primary school is free and does not require this process) and so we work to assist these kids in receiving the benefits they deserve from their government.
  • Thirty-nine (39) learners from the Moya Sponsorship program and also from the community were  assisted to attain Government Education Grants through the Social Welfare (S.W) offices and the Deputy Prime Ministers Office (DPMO). Learners were either assisted by the PSS officers, PSS caregivers and the PSS free-lance caregivers. This intervention was also at its peak during January and February. All the cases (39) which were referred through Moya staff and caregivers were successful.
  •  Stationary and uniforms- all Moya Centre sponsored learners has been supported with stationary and uniforms according to their needs and requirements of their respective schools. Stationary and uniform collection is conducted at Moya Centre after each learner has finished with the child profile exercise. Other uniform supplies learners get it from schools as communicated with uniform teachers, process is on-going.

At this point, our sponsored students were fully prepared to begin the school year.

Another benefit our female sponsored students received was attendance to our International Women’s Day event, which took place on March 13th at House on Fire in Malkerns. This event is meant to educate, inspire and entertain all of the adolescent girls and young women across every program Moya offers. The main theme is self-love, self-respect, and self-worth. The topic for this year was environmental sustainability. Attendance to this event is just one of many advantages the kids get when they become part of the Moya family.

Unfortunately, just a week after the International Women’s Day event, the world would be shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic and only about 8 weeks into the first term, schools were closed and have not opened since.  

Not only did schools close, but Moya has been unable to conduct our yearly motivational workshops with our students as well, due to the national lockdown and restrictions on gatherings that are still in place. We are abiding by every new regulation that is introduced to keep our staff, our beneficiaries and our communities as safe as possible.

Fortunately, we were able to receive emergency funding assistance to provide relief to our beneficiaries and their families in what has become an extremely difficult economic time. We have also put a great deal of effort into educating and training our fieldworkers in proper prevention techniques, and how to share accurate information within their communities while keeping themselves safe. Starting in April, Moya was able to allocate some funding to provide food parcels for the education department beneficiaries- this included all of our sponsored students and preschool students. Yet, we knew it just was not enough, yet we saw that we had the capacity to do much more in urgent response to the pandemic to help our communities.

We worked very hard to secure additional, local funding, and even started a new campaign on GlobalGiving. Through those efforts, we were able to raise enough money to do a much larger parcel distribution. Sponsored students benefited from this initiative as part of the 625 recipients. Not only did they each receive a large food parcel to feel themselves and a family of up to 10 people for a whole month, they also received seedlings (and reminded that now is the perfect time to spruce their mandatory gardens), and materials to build a tippy tap (for proper hand hygiene) on their homesteads. They received masks and sanitizer, and were educated on proper use of both. The PSS department also met with many of the sponsored students to make sure they are coping well in such a strange, confusing time. The initiative was so engaging, while still following all regulations, and proved very successful- shining a positive light on Moya Centre, and our ability to very quickly adapt to the needs of our communities. Even with less sustainable but necessary endeavours, we always try to take the holistic approach for our children and their families.

As always, we have our donors, both near and far, to thank for the success of Moya Centre’s projects. Without having the resources, our good intentions would not be able to make it nearly as far. We would love for you to see everything Moya has been up to in the last year, and so we have attached the recently published 2019 Stakeholder Report for you to enjoy. Please also enjoy the photos of our sponsored students, and our engagements with them so far in 2020.

Sponsored Students with PSS Staff pre-Covid
Sponsored Students with PSS Staff pre-Covid
Parcels are Ready!
Parcels are Ready!

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Moya Trust (also known as Moya Centre)

Location: Mahlanya - Eswatini
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Katelyn Panzarella
Mahlanya, Manzini Eswatini
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