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.
Finally, after a long transport and waiting time at the border for customs clearance, the clothes and shoes donated by good-hearted people in Norway arrived in eSwatini. Eunice from All out Africa will handle the distribution of the clothes to the children who needs it the most.
Last time we visited eSwatini, we met Bayanda, a boy aged 11 or 12. He did not have a birth certificate and therefore, he could not go to school with the other kids. That is how the system works in eSwatini. We left an envelope with money for his school uniform at All out Africa, to be used the day he could start school.
Today, I received this message:
I am happy to let you know that Bayanda has finally got his full set of school uniform. It took us some years to deliver because he did not have a birth certificate thus could not attend primary school. Byanda’s guardian also mentioned that he is doing very well at school and he is going to be promoted 2 classes ahead. You have changed Bayanda’s life in that he is now going to look like other children at school.
The winter in eSwatini can be cold and windy. In July, the temperature can be less than +10 degrees at night. Most houses do not have electricity or any other form of heating. My good collagues in BDO have now started an initiative to collect clothes for the children in eSwatini. The intention is to ship the clothes end of April, when the winter is approaching. We are therefore interested in children’s clothes in size 3-6 years. Please contact me (email@example.com) if you have clothes or shoes you will donate.
This week, All out Africa held their Christmas party for the children and staff. This year, the children visited a farm and were shown a lot of animals before they had a nice Christmas party with plenty of food and lots of fun
Below, the message we received from our friends in eSwatini.
“Dear team members, sponsors and supporters. On behalf of all the All Out Africa we will thank you for not leaving out the NCP children and teachers.
Your contribution will enable us to have a Christmas party which we would
not have possibly had, It will also help us provide quality early childhood
education to the less privileged children in eSwatini.
We are very grateful to you as this support really is invaluable and we
appreciate it very much. The children had lots of fun viewing the farm and
interacting with the animals. After their 20 minutes touring the farm they
then got to enjoy their xmas picnic. This would not have been possible
without you. One again thank you so much we really appreciate your
On Friday we are having our graduation at Nkhanini NCP with only one
graduate :). We are hoping to have more children graduating in the future.
The graduation will be co joined with the children’s Christmas party and I
will send you pictures after the ceremony.
May God bless you abundantly and wishing you a merry Christmas and
prosperous new year!”
Last year, we sponsored a Christmas party for the children and the teachers at the NCPs. The children were treated with extra food and played at a playground on a local hotel. The party was a huge success and the children and the staff really had a good time, as you can see on the pictures below.
We intend to sponsor the Christmas party also this year.
If you wish to contribute to the Christmas party, you can send your contribution on VIPPS to All out Africa Stiftelse #102351
or to bank account 3411.39.67775
If you live outside Norway:
All Out Africa Stiftelse
The total number of children is now 267 on 7 NCPs.