Violent protests, riots and looting ongoing in Eswatini
I received this message today:
The situation in Eswatini has deteriorated badly in the last 2 days and we in a state of some chaos at the moment. All shops are shut since midday yesterday and there is sporadic internet. We are hopeful that peace will return soon. In the meantime we will continue to support the kids and NCPs as best as is safely possible.
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.