a feeding scheme run by volunteers, funded by south africans

Lula Isandla Report
(November 2007 to June 2009)

Section 1: Overview
Section 2: Project activities
Section 3. Children who benefited thus far
Section 4: Story from your project
Section 5: Key Results
Section 6: Comments
Section 7: Achievements
Section 8: Challenges
Section 9: Closure

Section 1: Overview


Feeding scheme

Mpophomeni and Surrounding rural areas of Umngeni Municipality.

Summary of Beneficiaries:
Vulnerable children, Orphans and child headed households

Overall goal:
To provide support and care to vulnerable children, child headed household and orphans who are affected or infected by HIV/AIDS.

Key objectives:
(a) To provide lunch five days a week
(b) To provide holistic support and care to vulnerable children.

Main activities:
(a) After school lunch
(b) Emotionally support
(c) Home work supervision
(d) Living values and activities
(e) Referral of families for support.

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Section 2: Project activities

Summary of planned and actual activities carried out during this period.

Key activities planned for this quarter Key activities actually implemented in this quarter Date on which activity was carried out Target beneficiaries (who benefited from the activities) Number of participants Means of verification (what evidence of the activity do you have e.g. attendance register, report etc.
After school lunch (Feeding Scheme) Vulnerable children from eight schools come regularly to the Centre after school for lunch. Five days a week Vulnerable children 172 children Attendance tick sheet and cards
Support children emotionally After lunch children get a chance of supported emotionally and sharing their personal issues and time to pray Once a week or when there is a need Children who need emotionally support 172 children Attendance register
Homework supervision Children assisted in schoolwork and how to handle other social issues such as HIV/AIDS, rape, drug abuse, crime and accept loss. Daily (week days) School children 172 children Improved school report and attendance register
Living values and activities Children learn Living values to build self-esteem and spirit of UBUNTU. Children are involved in different activities such as Sports, Zulu dance, Gumboot dance, singing, and basic creative art skills. Once a week Children 172 children Attendance register
Referral of families to appropriate resources Families come to the centre when they need information or facing social problems and they do not know where to go or who can help and they are referred to appropriate resources such as SAPS, Clinic, Social Welfare and to local organization that can assist. Ongoing Families 45 families Number of families seeking services; Records

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Section 3: Children who benefited thus far:

Beneficiaries from activities Children (0-18 years)
Number of females planned to be reached in this project 78
Number of males planned to be reached in this project 70
Number of females reached in this period 96
Number of males reached in this period 77

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Section 4: Stories from your project

  • We lost one child who has been sick since was born.
  • During winter school holidays (2008) children were visited by school nurses from Department of Health and thought them about personal hygiene and sexual transmitted diseases.
  • Children have planted vegetables at the backyard garden of the centre and they take responsibility of watering the gardens before or after lunch.
  • Children are involved in dancing and music lessons by the help of other youth from the community.
  • In August 2008 some of the children got a chance to participate in music auditions which was held by SAYC from Cape Town. They were very excited.
  • Two girls were traumatized after they have seen their fathers beating and stabbing their mothers in front of them. These two girls came to our centre for trauma counseling.
  • Six months old baby was beaten by somebody at day care and she was taken to the SAPS a case was opened. While the SAPS investigating who beat the child they ask us to look after the child since they also suspect the mother.
  • December 2008 Children had an outing trip to Queen Elizabeth Park where they enjoyed wild life.
  • The project has been helpful to vulnerable children as we managed to refer two boys age (9&7) to Khazimulo in Lidgetton. The boys have been neglected by their mother and they were on the street not attending school. Khazimulo provides crisis foster care for orphaned and vulnerable children.
  • Children participated in FUN RUN on June 16 2008 (Youth Day) and others played soccer and Net Ball. The tournament was sponsored by SAPPI FOREST who donated netball and soccer kits, T shirts, trophies and medals. Lula Isandla prepared refreshments.
  • In June 2008 SAPS found a boy between 3and 4 months old abandoned and asked us to look for him till the Social Workers collected him after two days. One of the volunteers (Lula Isandla caregivers) took care of him for two days.

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Section 5: Key Results

  • Improved physical health of children
  • Improved school performance and results
  • Improved emotional well-being of children and families
  • Improved knowledge on food security and eating nutritious food and well balanced diet
  • Improved knowledge on issues related to HIV/AIDS

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Section 6: Comments

The project is planning to work with SAPS helping children to be familiar with policemen so that it would be easy for them to speak out/report when they encounter problems. There will be sections where one police would come to the centre and speak openly to children about crime, abuse, rape, domestic violence etc., sometimes children are afraid to speak out they do not want to talk to police. The project is looking forward at helping vulnerable children, elderly and sick people affected/infected by HIV/AIDS.

We are working with vulnerable children from seven schools of Mpophomeni and from crèches. Children are divided into eight groups and one volunteer is responsible for each group.

Groups are as Follows

Name of volunteer/caregiver School Number of Beneficiaries
Getty Ngubane Isibongo Lower Primary School 29
Lindiwe Phikwane Isibongo Lower Primary School 28
Bongiwe Ngubane Qhamukile Lower Primary School 25
Sibongile Zuma Nhlanhleni Higher Primary School 24
Zanele Mabaso Nhlanhleni Higher Primary School 24
Sthembile Mhlongo Zamuthule Higher Primary School 17
Buyisile Ndlovu Sifisihle Higher Primary School 27
Fakazile Mchunu Mpophomeni and Asibemunye High Schools 30

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Section 7: Achievements

  • First objective was to provide feeding scheme to vulnerable children. The project started with few children from primary schools but the number increased to 175 and children from high school also joined. This objective was well achieved because it touched number of donors who donated food and clothes.
  • Second objective was to support and give care to children and child headed households. Children supported emotionally and especially when learning living values they got a chance to be healed inside. Some needed trauma counseling they receive it. Homework supervision work well as teachers saw improved performance especially to high school students as they are the ones who struggle in some subjects like mathematics and accounting. Homework assistant made possible by the help of former student who give their time when they are asked.

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Section 8: Challenges

  • During this period the project had not faced much difficulty.
  • We have been challenged by the increment of beneficiaries while the manpower is less. To overcome this challenge we add three more volunteers to easy the work load.

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Section 9: Closure

We want to thank all our donors who made this project sustain thus far. We thank SONY ERICSON who donated R 45 000-OO recently and 10 cell phones for care givers. We have been humbled by the dedication of Mrs. Claire Johnston who works very hard to support the work. We are looking forward for the project to continue supporting and caring for vulnerable children.

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