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

Our goal for this project was met three months ago and we opted to extend it to $20000 and it is currently sitting at $12 445.02, which is 62% of our goal. The national school year had to be shifted due to the pandemic and the political instability that we are still experiencing as a country. The school year that began last year is only ending in March 2022. The new school year begins on the 4th of April 2022, which is the only time we will have the results of our beneficiaries. They are currently writing examinations. We will know how many are moving into High School from Primary School at the end of next month.

Currently, Moya is still carrying on the Schools Lunch program whereby they support partner schools with acquiring food items for the schools’ kitchen. These meals go a long way in sustaining the children as most of them do not have meals at home. Since Covid 19 began, earning a living has become an even more difficult thing to do for the people in the Community. The recent increases on basics such as bread, cooking oil and a 90% increase in Transport costs mean even more children will be needing assistance.

In conclusion, traditionally when the year begins we open scholarship applications in the community. However, we feel that due to the long breaks that schools took in the past two years live very little confidence in their academic performance. Even with the lowered pass rate, we believe that it will be beneficial for our students to repeat the year for better results, especially our Form 5s as Varsity requires that one be sufficiently prepared. We are going to speak to our Form 5s and the respective Heads of schools to ascertain whether there is a space for them to be able to repeat. The need for scholarships has definitely turned into even more of a need.

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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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Moya Trust (also known as Moya Centre)

Location: Mahlanya - Eswatini
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Twitter: @moyaeswatini
Project Leader:
Katelyn Panzarella
Mahlanya, Manzini Eswatini
$12,445 raised of $20,000 goal
 
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$7,555 to go
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