OLIVE LEAF Foundation was very active on Wolrd Aids day in 2010.
In December 2010 it was an honor for Zandspruit OLIVE LEAF Foundation to be given an opportunity to host as most memorable ceremony in Zandspruit at one of the schools.
OLIVE LEAF Foundation supported Lovelife yesterday with HCT education and awareness sessions. It was a very succesful event that utilised a flash mob of dancers and a popular RnB music group -Liquid deep- to draw a youth audience.
The Sunday Times Online newspaper reported on our work in Qunu, just before world AIDS day:
The organisation believes there are up to three times that number of orphans in the village and surrounding area because it has not finished an investigation of schools in the district.
The overall growth of the global HIV / AIDS epidemic appears to have stabilized.
In 33 countries, the HIV incidence has fallen by more than 25% between 2001 and 2009 (Figure. 2.2); 22 of these countries are in sub-Saharan Africa. In sub- Saharan Africa, where the majority of new HIV infections continue to occur, an estimated 1.8 million [1.6 million–2.0 million] people became infected in 2009; considerably lower than the estimated 2.2 million [1.9 million–2.4 mil- lion] people in sub-Saharan Africa newly infected with HIV in 2001. This trend reflects a combination of factors, including the impact of HIV prevention efforts and the natural course of HIV epidemics.
Is our work only about numbers? Or are we actually interested in the difference we are making in the people's lives with whom we work? For the past week Dumisani and Wessel attended an evaluation training offered by Pact SA that challenged us to think more deeply about the outcomes we are actually achieving.
“An enduring legacy to protect children during the World Cup and beyond”
The child-friendly spaces were located at Innesfree Park in Sandton, Elkah Stadium in Rockville Soweto, St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth and Nelspruit.The child-friendly spaces comprised a dedicated, covered area that was UNICEF branded, and made provision for a reception area, counselling area, nutritional area and a recreation area.
Activities of staff at the child-friendly spaces included:
WORLD PLAY DAY for the Stellenbosch Office was a memorable and fun occasion. The Stellenbosch Staff spent an hour playing various traditional games like ‘Wolfie, Wolfie, what’s the time’ and ‘Cat and Mouse’ with 35 children from the Lynedoch School and Crèche. Many of these children, aged between 3 and 9 years, come from the surrounding farms where their parents work as labourers. Importantly for some children, this was a special opportunity to spend the time with positive male role models.
As a result of the political and economic shifts that occurred during Zambia’s transition away from a socialist economy in the early 1990s, many Zambians became concerned with the country’s large number of uneducated children. Communities began forming their own schools, usually in the absence of a nearby public school and/or in response to the inability of families to meet the costs associated with government-provided schooling.
individuals simply decide to start a school to meet an identified need.
Written by: Paul Kasonkomona, OLF Zambia
As partners, Absa and the OLIVE LEAF Foundation are working together to improve the lives of 99 orphaned and vulnerable children in the Walmer Township of Port Elizabeth. The partnership between Absa and the OLIVE LEAF Foundation will help to ensure that these children have access to basic, but essential services. The underlying principle in this programme is that of promoting sustainable development, a principle which has become synonymous with the OLIVE LEAF Foundation’s purpose, which is guided by a set of core values, such as “Ubuntu” – a South African way of embracing ”community” and “togetherness”
The services rendered by OLIVE LEAF Foundation will include food support, supplying school supplies, medical services and facilitating skills training programmes.
By May Daniels, Senior OVC Co-ordinator | Port Elizabeth
The crowning of Chief Mvuso in the town of Alice, former Ciskei on 21st November 2009, was a five-day event that saw the community coming together to celebrate and learn. Chief Langa Mavuso (Aahh Zwelidumile - his praise name) is one of the 40 Chiefs under King Maxhobasakhawuleza Sandile (Aahh Zanesizwe - his praise name), King of the Rharhabe Kingdom. He is an Advisor to the King and is Acting Secretary in the Office of the King.
The community gathered with great enthusiasm for the soccer tournament on the second day. Clubs and spectators were converged at Chief Mavuso’s Tribal Authority yard afterwards to attend a session on gender issues facilitated by OLF.
OLIVE LEAF Foundation Kenya through its sub grantee Kiambu People Living with AIDS(KIPEWA) while being funded by an international donor managed to reach 989 OVC’s in Kiambu (Central Province). The orphans were provided with educational support (school fees, school uniforms as seen on the photos), food with emphasis on nutritional support, protection (assistance to get birth certificates) and psycho social support. Between July and October 2010 KIPEWA through the follow on bilateral award from an international donor initiated goat and rabbit rearing income generating activities for granny headed households.
KIPEWA is also a success story of OLIVE LEAF Foundation Kenya’s Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) institutional capacity development programs that have seen the community based organisation grow and attract more funding from other donors thanks to the successful implementation of the programs.
The Limpopo First Lady extended a helping hand to provide a gift for educational support.
The OLF Family wellness coordinator Donald Lesele did a motivational speech to encourage children to take education serious and wishing them good luck for their upcoming exams.
OLF would like thank the Limpopo First Lady Mrs. M. Mathale (The wife of the Priemier), Arise & Shine Drop-in centre staff and their Project Manager (Mrs Kgashane) for making this kids club school uniform celebration a success.
2010 has been a year of festivities in South Africa. Who can forget the successful hosting of the historical FIFA world cup? This festivity brought a change in people lives as everyone wanted to take part and be witnesses to the event. A change was also noticed when the midyear school holiday was a month long and this meant that the time pupils spent at school was shortened.
School children were also presented with an opportunity to tell of their future ambitions, what excited those that were in attendance, especially the school principal of Walmer high school, was the fact that some of the kids were keen to plough knowledge back into the school after they have achieved their ambitions.
Written by Kaya Ngcelwane
Area Manager: NMM Office
Southern Africa is experiencing an increasing number of HIV/AIDS related deaths, and an associated growth in the number of orphans and child headed households. At the same time, countries in the region have experienced a boom in eco-tourism, resulting in the establishment and expansion of game reserves and a need for skilled workers in the customer service industry. Amidst these contrasting trends lies an insidious poverty, fuelling the AIDS epidemic and threatening to undermine the region's economic gains from eco-tourism.
Umzi Wethu targets youth that show resilience and ambition – but despair of opportunities to support their households – and transforms them into highly employable young adults.
We are proud to announce that OLIVE LEAF Foundation has been provided a stall at the international World AIDS conference in Vienna. Itumeleng Komanyane will conduct a weeklong workshop entitled: 'Finding fun amidst difficulty'. This is a theme that depicts the resilience of the children whom we serve.The team will also present programme material and contacts from our work in the Southern African region. We congratulate Itumeleng for taking the initiative to make this important trip happen, and our best wishes accompany the team.
'PAIN AND SUFFERING, THEY ARE A SECRET. KINDNESS AND LOVE, THEY ARE A SECRET. BUT I HAVE LEARNED THAT KINDNESS AND LOVE CAN PAY FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING' ALAN PATON – CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY
WHAT HAVE WE DONE
Principals from 24 Port Elizabeth Primary schools together with teachers and OLIVE LEAF Foundation partners that included the Department Of Education and Grassrootsoccer joined at the Missionvale Care Centre Hall to witness Back-to-School on 21 April 2010. The purpose of the event was to hand over school uniforms and restore some dignity in children who previously faced embarrassment at not having the proper attire. 57 children who are part of the OLF orphan and vulnerable children programme received school uniforms.
The caregivers were very happy to see the children in their new uniforms “I cant stop saying thank you and I’m sharing tears of joy!”
The OVC serving - organizations in Nigeria have been burdened with the over whelming situation of the OVCs and the organizations’ lack of the capacity to meet these challenges. International donors and funders, who give aid to OVCs, have also had setbacks in disbursing funds to these organizations due to the lack of capacity of NGOs and CBOS to meet the demand of OVCs holistically. This imperatively became a bigger challenge, because if the OVC needs are to be met, the community approach will be the only way out (working with community based organizations).
The impact of the ROSI programme is felt through the 15 organizations, who initially served approximately 500 OVC in total before the ROSI intervention, now serve over 5000 OVC, providing quality and holistic services in Lagos.
The 'Thari ya Sechaba' awards pay tribute to women who have served as outstanding citizens and role models in Botswana. In addition, the awards also recognize women who have made a lasting contribution to social and community development. Itumeleng Komanyane, OLIVE LEAF Foundation’s Technical Assistant in the family Wellness and Development Programme was nominated in the ‘Educator’ category which sought nominations from formal teachers and non-conventional teachers like peer educators and HIV/AIDS educators.
This award is Itumeleng’s second national recognition award after receiving the First Youth Award in 2001, for Personal Development and Leadership. Itumeleng’s work as a Youth volunteer, peer educator/counsellor and activist in Botswana began in 1994 and to date, she has served on various executive committees and boards as a youth representative. Itumeleng has represented Botswana at various platforms such as the UN special session on HIV/AIDS, The China-Africa Trade youth exchange, and the Tibotec Global Access Advisory Board for ART (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson).