June 2018

Below, please find an update from Swaziland (or eSwatini which is the new name) written by Eunice, one of the staff at All out Africa. Even if I will not be able to visit the project this year, we will continue to support the project with the good help from our friends and donors.

Atle 

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Nkhanini NCP

Nkhanini NCP, who currently have 15 children between the ages of 3-6 years. These children are still under the care of one Teacher (Teacher Mbali), and the children adore her because of the love she has for them. This is evidenced by the way they interact with each other in my presence during my site visits. Through your support and other various sponsors, you have been able to build an eating area for the children to use for days when the weather does not suit the children to be outside, i.e. during rainy or extremely hot days. In additional the completion of a kitchen and storeroom was a success. Beyond this, we have also re-painted the swings and sew-saw so that it looks even more attractive to the young ones and cut grass around the NCP and toward the toilets. This has made the environment child friendly and safer.

Nkhanini Ncp children

Mlindazwe NCP

Mlindazwe NCP has been working on completing their kitchen and storeroom, at the moment Michael and his team of volunteers have completed painting inside and are currently working outside. We had an American volunteer named Louise, who actually was a returning Volunteer, assisted us with painting a beautiful elephant on the classroom outside wall.  

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Mvutjini NCP

As you well know this NCP joined our community partnership outreach in 2017. We have had amazing volunteers who donated and worked on painting the inside classroom walls for the children with Alphabets, Letters, Colors and Numbers for easy learning. We also have a nutritional intern from the US who is conducting a second annual e-pap survey. This is a highly nutritious fortified food. This intern shall comply a report and present to us before she leave in about 10 days on her findings. 

Tooth-brushing Campaign

Hygiene is a common issue throughout the NCPs and we have distributed toothbrushes to all NCP children to instill hygiene. This is in line with our curriculum. We have tried to run a winter campaign where we were requesting for companies or individuals to donate winter clothes to share with our children so they can be warm in winter. Unfortunately this initiative was not successful due to very little positive response received. 

Mvutjini ncp- toothbrushing campaign

NCP School Trips 

Currently, we are conducting educational trips to Mlilwane Game Reserve with all NCP, which included 3 NCP, namely Nkhanini, Mlindazwe and Bethany. We are planning to complete these trip for the rest of our NCP’s in June.

Homework Club

We still continue doing homework three times a week with our primary school students, in order to help improve on their English, Math skills and also instill the love of books to these vulnerable children.

Primary school uniforms

We support primary school going children with school uniforms. This is made possible by sponsor who have committed themselves yearly to this initiative. The school uniform has been delivered to our offices and awaits distribution to the rightful beneficiaries. This will bring the desired changed i.e. children will not absent themselves from schools due to harsh weather or feel different from other children, which should boost their self-esteem and probably improve on their school work. 

 

Christmas gifts from Norway

The Christmas gifts we sent from Norway in December was delayed due to a strike at the customs office in Swaziland but has now been distributed to all the kids at the NCPs.

Tjengisa, the man on the pictures, sent this message today: 

We are very pleased to send you photos of the recent disbursement of the Christmas gifts. The children were so excited and happy to have received the cards, and well written in Siswati. That’s amazing and thank you. Also we have received the money for one NCP operational cost for half the year. In addition a big thank you for the Christmas party donation of R10,000.00 and this money has been duly received with gratitude. Thank You, Thank You, Siyabonga Kakhulu!!!

Please also thank our “All Out Africa” Family in Norway with our warmest regards

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Pictures from Nkhanini NCP (below)

 

 

 

 

Christmas gifts have arrived

Dear friends!

First with the good news, I managed to deal with Customs yesterday and we finally received the gifts!!! They are in the office now and already Eunice and I are trying to organise logistics for the beginning of the year. Photos to follow in 2018.

Your generous spirit has brought so much comfort and joy to so many people in Swaziland, there are no words to describe the gratitude they feel. The best we can say is thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We at All Out Africa would be lost without your efforts!

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Best Regards

Michelle and Team

Christmas Gifts update

Unfortunately, there is a strike at the Customs in Swaziland. The gifts we sent are therefore stranded in Mbabane at the moment. This is the mail I received today:

Hi Atle,

Hope you are enjoying the festivities leading up to Christmas.

I just wanted to give you an update on the gifts.

Unfortunately, the Customs Strike is going on so we still have not received the gifts. I went up to the head office on Monday to find a way forward but I got no help. I am going to see them again today and hopefully I can get some help.

Thanks again for your help and I will keep you updated!

Best Regards

Michelle

Michelle

 

 

Christmas party

Good morning Atle,

What an exciting week we had!  The children had an amazing time!
It was a cold and rainy 2 days for the children but that did not stop the fun. Sun International really did an exceptional job. The children played and ate and were just kids! It was a heart-warming experience for all of us! I look forward to the next Christmas Party! I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

I have included photos of the  Teacher’s Christmas party we had on Friday, maybe you will see some familiar faces.

Once again, thank you!

Michelle

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Christmas Gifts from Swaziland

To support the vulnerable children, the women working with them have made more than 100 small dolls and sent them to Norway. We are now selling them for NOK 250. The income will be returned to support the children with food and school in 2017. The cost of supporting one child is approximately 100 NOK per month.

The doll comes with a small tag with a greeting from the woman who made it and a small brochure (in Norwegian) about the project.

If you wish to buy a doll, please send a mail to atle.sundoy@gmail.com. Payment can be made to account no 3411.39.67775 or VIPPS #102351.

If you live outside Norway, you can transfer money to

All Out Africa Stiftelse

IBAN NO4334113967775

SWIFT DNBANOKK

We will send you the dolls before Christmas

Dukke

 

200 gifts shipped to Swaziland

With the help of many good hearted people, including many children, we have collected gifts for the children at the NCPs and today we shipped around 200 gifts together with Christmas cards and some other things for the Christmas party in Swaziland. This means that each of the kids gets a gift for Christmas.

Thank you to all who made this possible.

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