All Out Africa Foundation has been a registered charity in Swaziland since 2006. Working alongside our volunteer travel projects our mission is to improve the quality of life of people in need through education and skill development. Swaziland is a unique landlocked culturally vibrant nation, though suffers from the highest HIV prevalence in the world, and extremely high statistics of gender-based violence. This harsh reality leaves thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children & families to fight for the opportunity to attend school, and improve their quality of life. Our programs are holistic in helping communities by helping children grow up in a child friendly caring environment. This is attained through our child sponsorship and education program, our play and sport development initiatives, and our Build-A-Future program.
Our Build-A-Future program is the foundation for our programs to help break the cycle of poverty in our communities, and disease ridden nation. Working primarily out of six Neighbourhood Care Points; a place where pre-school aged children have the opportunity to attend informal schooling, receive a meal, and be given the opportunity to play and be given care from our voluntary community teachers.
Our NCP structures are the building block for creating a holistic safe community care point. It also here through our NCP’s that our 300 sponsored children know where to find continued support outside of the classroom.
Our Build-A-Future Campaign is currently seeking funds to help improve the infrastructure of our NCP’s and our sponsored children’s homes. Building classrooms, storerooms, kitchens, toilets and playgrounds, as well as cultivating gardens are just a few of our main priorities. Our NCP’s are designed to be safe spaces for our children thus we need to continue to make them an inviting home for those that don’t receive the care every child deserves at home.
The campaign was started out of need to continue to develop our NCP’s. Nearly 40-60 children are fostered at each NCP on a daily basis thus having welcoming classrooms, clean and safe play structures, hygienic toilets, community kitchens and the capacity to cultivate gardens and have clean drinking water, relies heavily on funds raised through donations. The implementation of these structures is carried out with our local builder, voluntary community members, and international volunteers. As our slogan suggests, “We build for the community, with the community, at the community level.” Thus our actual building tools and techniques don’t use fancy machinery, rather labor intensive local building methods. We have countless voluntary community members to help build the infrastructure, it is only a matter of having the funds to purchase the material.
Our current campaign is aiming to raise $10,000. A classroom for example costs $500; to cultivate six gardens with enough water for maintenance it will cost $3,000. Furthermore, constructing kitchens, storerooms (to store music and sports equipment, books and tools), and playgrounds per NCP will quickly tally to $1000 per NCP. While the amount being raised will contribute to only building material, plumbing and water tanks, our Foundation will continue to source other means to employ our staff, and contribute to vehicle hire and so on. If we don’t raise $10,000 the accumulated funds will still benefit our NCP’s and communities, as we will prioritize the needs of each NCP.
The All Out Africa Foundation prides itself in being highly transparent which can be attested to the invaluable support past volunteers and donors have given. In the last year, nearly 90% of our Build-A-Future program was sustained through direct donations to the Foundation.
If you are currently not able to help financially, you can always contribute by following us through social media, save for a volunteer experience or share our Foundation initiatives with your family and friends through the accessible tools available on Indiegogo.
By the way, did you know gogo is the Siswati word for grandmother? Let’s help our gogo’s by creating positive safe spaces for our children, starting at the community level with our Neighbourhood Care Points.
To make a donation, head to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/build-a-future-swaziland-southern-africa