This has been the toughest year for everyone here at All Out Africa with no volunteers for the whole year.
With your support we were able to put a smile on more than 300 vulnerable children’s faces. This year was a bit different as we hosted the Christmas party at each NCP due to the covid-19 protocol.
We could not bring the children all together at once like the previous years.
The children enjoyed a meal of rice, chicken, beetroot, butternut, potatoes, and juice, Which they also took home to share with other family members. They were also given a special treat of lollipop and nicknacks.
We would like to thank you and other donors from Norway for helping us make this special day a special one for these less privileged children.
Having no volunteers for the whole year has brought a lot of strain on our projects but we still remain optimistic and continue to do what we do.
Without your support all of this would not have been possible. We truly appreciate you for always having us in your thoughts.
Please find attached Christmas card from the All Out Africa family. Despite this difficult situation we wish you a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!
On behalf of the All Out Africa family, we want to thank you so much for your support and generous contribution. Today was beautiful day for the 8 NCPs with a total number of 315 children, as their were celebrating their Christmas party. It was an abundance of excitement and fun since most of the children did not expect to have such a celebration especially with the current pandemic.
We have supported the startup of two chicken farms in Eswatini, funded with microfinance loans outside the donation to All out Africa foundation. The initiative came from two young women working in the project, Eunice and Xolile
We have now received an update on the projects with financial status. The farms have been constructed and the first chickens will ready for the market before christmas as a result of the work of two fantastic women. It can hardly be better than this!
Report from Eunice:
“The chicken business was started on the 4th of November 2020 and I am happy to let you know that the chickens will be fully matured and ready for the market on the 18th December.
It is not always easy when you start something new as I experienced a few challenges and lost 16 chickens due to the heat. I am optimistic that the business will grow in the future from what it is today. I also look forward into doing a short course in poultry rearing in order to sharpen my skills and help me get the best breed. I am looking forward into expanding the chicken shed as soon as I start generating income.
Thank you so much for always having us in your thoughts, especially during these difficult times.”
We have recently transferred our support for first half of 2021 to All out Africa in Eswatini. The donation is dedicated to:
Supporting the vulnerable children in the NCPs
A Christmas party for the children and staff this year
Some support for AoA staff in this special situation due to the pandemic
This is the response we received from Eswatini today. (Pictures will follow)
I would like to send a big thank you on behalf of the All Out Africa staff and all the underprivileged children that we work with at our NCPS. No amount of words can describe t grateful we are for your immense support.
It has come at the right time when it is needed the most as we rely on volunteers and people like you to be able to help the NCP children that we work with. Without your support all of this would never be possible.
Due to the difficult times in Eswatini, All Out Africa Staff have been offered the opportunity to apply for a loan through a Micro Finance Fund we have established. The Microfinance Fund is financed separately and independantly from the donations to support the children.
We have now approved the two first loan applications from two of the (female) staff members. The loans will be spent on purchase and feeding approximately 500 chicken for production of eggs and meat.
Given the current situation in Eswatini, the need for proteins is high. The loans will be repaid with part of the income from the business.
We hope the business will be a success and will revert with an update later.
Due to the devastating effects of COVID 19, the economy of a number of countries including Eswatini has fallen, while a number of businesses and organization have shut down and laid off employees, All Out Africa is grateful and in appreciation of the unending support received from our long-standing partner in Norway
This funding has gone a long way in cushioning our organization to carry out COVID 19 related activities. Without this support, it would be impossible to achieve our objectives during this sad time.
Since 17 April 2020 All Out Africa Foundation has been making food parcel deliveries every two weeks to vulnerable families who we located the 9 communities All Out Africa Foundation works in, being Lobamba, Ezulwini, Mvutshini, Mlindazwe, Ekuzukeneni, Nkhanini, Bethany, Elangeni and Mahlanya. The food parcels include: 10kg rice, 5kg beans, 3kg sugar, 5kg chicken, 1kg bar of soap, salt, 2l cooking oil and a vegetable combo of 7kg potatoes, 7kg onions and 5kg carrots.
In addition, All Out Africa had to temporarily lay off over 30 staff members since April 2020 and this donation has formed part of a stipend paid to 15 staff members who have not received a salary since March 2020.
Thank you once again for the amazing much needed support during this trying time
The COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief project is going well. We have delivered food parcels to 45 families that need it most so far & each parcel should last them a month. We will be doing more over the coming weeks. Just to update you on what we decided regarding our staff, below is a whatsapp message I sent round to them all. We are doing the payments to them now.
COVID-19 Staff Relief 2 months
As many of you are aware we have started an All Out Africa Foundation COVID-19 Poverty & Hunger Relief project. The aim is to get food or money to those that need it most as a result of the Corona Virus Pandemic.
As part of this, using some funds from a once-off donation by All Out Africa and some funds from a once-off donation by one of our supporters, Atle, we wish to support those of our staff who are laid off and in need of assistance to provide food for their families during this time. In line with the principal that it goes to those who need it most & to be objective & fair we have agreed that this donation will be R350 per staff member who earns less than R1,000.00 per month for two of the next three months. We will do this for permanent staff and those temporary staff who have been consistently involved for an extended period.
Hoping this will help during this time and that you are all keeping safe & well and looking forward to connecting again.
Of the E350 per staff member, E200 is coming from your funds & the other E150 is coming from business reserves. Thank you again for your help.
The Corona virus is not yet widely spread in Southern Africa. However, the financial impact in Eswatini is already severe. In this extraordinary situation, we sent an extra donation to support the staff and the children. Below the response from All out Africa today:
Here we are very worried about what the local impact of COVID-19 will be. We are bracing ourselves for the worst. Right now we have been severely impacted by the travel bans, lock-downs and the resulting crash in our income. Our roughly 60 staff are all main providers for their often very large families and they are all very dependent on the income that has now vanished. In order for All Out Africa to survive and in order to preserve the future jobs for our staff, we have had to temporarily layoff a lot of staff and I am very worried about how they will provide for their families during this time when adequate nutrition is particularly important. We will be trying to provide every one of them at least with money for food, but the question remains… how long will this go on for?
In terms of infection with COVID-19 here, the current level (as far as we know) is low – only 9 people positive for COVID-19 in Eswatini to date. But from our experience of trying to get two people tested on separate occasions – the capacity to test here is way too low and the cost of testing is very high (for many people it is the value of ½ a month’s salary). So likely this is a huge under statement of the infection level. But our biggest worry is for the coming months ahead. We have seen the high pressure of COVID-19 on very well developed and very well funded health care systems in Europe, Asia & North America and we are terrified of how our already struggling, under capacitated and under-funded local health care system will likely be overwhelmed by the need to care for sick people once the rate of spread increases to the types of levels currently in Europe. It seems inevitable that this will happen and yet our government does not have the resources to be able to put in place rapid response measures to be prepared for this. In addition, with the world’s highest HIV prevalence we have a huge proportion of our population at severe risk. On the bright side, however, the government of South Africa and Eswatini acted quickly to close down travel and to implement social distancing and lock-down and our population age distribution is relatively young and this disease seems to have greater impact on older people. Hopefully these will mean the rate of spread is slowed and the impact lessened. Nevertheless, we are heading into a desperate situation and right now we are just doing what we can to provide for food for families in our broader community and help spread awareness of how to limit the spread of this Pandemic. We have been in touch with a member of the local Eswatini COVID-19 task force and the Business Eswatini association to try to see how we can do our bit to help in the National response.
We are hugely grateful for your amazingly generous donation of ZAR50,000 to the All Out Africa Foundation by you Atle and your colleagues at BDO during what I’m sure is a very difficult time for you all. We will ensure these funds are used efficiently and effectively to address basic needs in the communities within which All Out Africa works during these testing coming months and we will update you how they were used. Please do stay safe and well and we look forward to re-uniting in person in the future in a world that will have recovered from the Corona Virus Pandemic and which hopefully will have learnt some very valuable lessons from it all. One of the biggest encouragements for us is the sense of community we all feel in uniting to address a very difficult challenge. Thank you so much to you and your colleagues at BDO for your part in helping us and our communities to do so during this challenging time. Very are extremely grateful.
Here in the sunny Kingdom of
Eswatini we think very fondly of the celebration you will all be having for
Atle’s 60th birthday, probably in much colder conditions. However
cold the weather, I’m sure there are some very warm hearts! We know without
doubt that Atle has a warm heart. Wow, 60 years! That is quite something – and
from what I can gather it has been an adventure filled and inspiring 60 years!
For me it is sometimes hard to
believe that someone in Norway, so far from our tiny kingdom of Eswatini, can
care enough about people here to make personal sacrifices in order to improve
the lives of people so far way. It gives me hope and faith in humanity.
For me Eswatini is a magical
place. It is home. It is the land of my birth. It is a place of sunshine, of
singing and dancing, of the expressive siSwati language and smiling brown
faces. It is a place of proud culture interconnected with natural heritage, of
exploring mountains and rivers, of wildlife and farming. It is a place brooding
with youth and development but somehow still connected to the timeless ways of
old. It is a place of acceptance and community, where a businessman can wear a
traditional loin cloth and sandles or a suit, where a stick and mud hut can be
next to a modern house.
But Eswatini is also a place
grappling with challenges. It has the highest HIV infection rate of any country
in the world, 63% of people live below the poverty line and most people are
younger than 21. At All Out Africa we try to make small interventions to help
address some of these challenges. It is not enough but it is something, and if
we can even change one life for the better then it is a victory. Atle, you and
your friends have already made a world of difference to All Out Africa and the
children we can assist and for that we are eternally grateful. Thanks to you
and others we are able to feed 241 vulnerable children two meals a day and give
them a decent early childhood education. We know that this stage in a child’s
development is key to their future success. You are helping us create a
brighter future for the Kingdom of Eswatini.
We thank you for your care and
support and we wish you a very happy birthday and many more to come.