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3445 semolina porridge servings this week!

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The demand is overwhelming as more and more children need to be fed. We are now strictly feeding 0 to 9 years old. Limiting to thta age group bracket as the little ones were getting to the centre when the daily allocation had been finished. The older ones, mainly 10 year olds were making sure they were first in the queue and as a result we have had to sadly draw the line.

Monday 7th September – 675 children

Tuesday 8th September – 701 children

Wednesday 9th September – 690 children

Thursday 10th September – 699 children

Friday 11th September – 680 children

We fed 2810 children this week !

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Another month of daily feeding during the week gone!! We are ever so grateful to our donors. The children keep coming, numbers keep increasing and this continues to be the sad reality. We are making gentle steps, making the best of available resources to light up the candle in the darkness. Thank you parents, guardians and caregivers for making sure the children are wearing masks. Must say the level of your creativity providing masks for the children has been amazing. Together we have hope for a better future.

Monday 23rd August – 500 children

Tuesday 24th August – 525 children

Wednesday 25th August – 600 children

Thursday 26th August – 680 children

Friday 27th August – 505 children

We fed 2889 children this week

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Temperatures dropped on Friday and that could have possibly led to the decrease in numbers of children bracing the cold weather to come and receive their semolina porridge

Monday 17th August 500 children
Tuesday 18th August 525 children
Wednesday 19th August 624 children
Thursday 20th August 700 children
Friday 21st August 540 children

We fed 3503 children this week!!!

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We continue feeding the children while it is most apparent that our scholars will not make it too school any time school, even anytime this year. It is a dream far beyond the wildest imagination for our community to even imagine the possibility of online lessons for our little ones. We wait patiently for the situation to get better and simply take each day as it comes with its blessings and challenges. Meanwhile the feeding need is rising and we are praying and trusting that we continue to rise to the occasion and be able to feed ALL the children that will come to the centre with semolina porridge. Numbers have almost doubled and over 600 children turning daily. It is indeed sad for our country and we are ever so grateful to the support that we are getting to meet the current but rising need. We are also grateful for the break of spring , temperatures warming up helping the controlling of the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Today we must also mention our pregnant young woman beneficiary who we did not deliberately include in our numbers. She is a go-getter and convinced us she gets her baby’s share until she delivers her baby who is due anytime soon. Yes we have been feeding the baby through our special beneficiary who has been daily joining the queue on our future bambino’s behalf!!!! Our feeding numbers this week were as follows:-

Monday 10th July 2020 – 642 children
Tuesday 11th July 2020 – 685 children
Wednesday 12th July 2020 – 700 children
Thursday 13th July 2020 – 725 children
Friday 14th July 2020 – 751 children

2310 children fed this week!!

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We were restocking last week but we didn’t want to miss a single day of not feeding the children. We had spread out the existing stock as much as possible result in limited numbers of children fed. This week we began feeding less children as the notion of limiting was still lingering around until further into the week when we started reaching out to more children. We are excited that we fed 606 children on Friday much as this is sad for our country. We are strengthening extremely threatened if not closely to non existent food security in the Caledonia Community. It gives us utmost satisfaction seeing the hope on the little faces served with semolina porridge .The COVID-19 imposed lockdown is a nightmare for the marginalized Caledonia Community already reeling under difficult economic hardships

Monday 3rd August 380 children

Tuesday 4th August 390 children

Wednesday 5th August children

Thursday 6th August 542 children

Friday 7th August 606 children

1652 Children fed this week!

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1652 children fed this week!!
We had to limit numbers as we were restocking and needed to ensure we did not miss a single day of feeding. It turned out we managed to serve all the children that came out to be fed on Friday as parents seemed to have kept their children indoors in the lockdown because on this day, companies and businesses were closed with minimum movements in Zimbabwe. Looking forward to serving all the children coming to Caledonia Rose Centre next-week as we have restocked semolina porridge.
Monday 27th July 2020 – 350 children
Tuesday 28th July 2020 – 350 children
Wednesday 29th July 2020 – 352 children
Thursday 30th July 2020 – 350 children
Friday 31st July 2020 – 250 children

We fed 2337 children!!

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Well done to our team, Dorcas Sinambale, Memory Chinambale, Gladice Musona, Magness Bhasikolo, Ndagoma Shoko for ensuring the children are fed daily and for sewing masks in our skills development to give children who come to be fed without wearing a mask. You rock!!

Monday 20th July 2020 542 children
Tuesday 21st July 2020 505 children
Wednesday 22nd July 2020 526 children
Thursday 23rd July 2020 453 children
Friday 24th July 2020 351 children

We had to feed less children towards the end of the week to ensure continuity while making efforts to restock more semolina porridge.

Zimbabwe has once again gone back into close to Level 1 Lock down due to increased new COVID-19 cases particularly worrying local infections. Prior to this , majority cases were from returnees from abroad. We have heard to be on high alert due to information of on one of beneficiaries mother who returned from South Africa and bunked quarantine. Relevant reports have been made to ensure we curtail the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

1681 children fed this week!!!

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Monday 13th July 2020 – 235 children

Tuesday 14th July 2020 – 260 children

Wednesday 15th July 2020 – 330 children

Thursday 16th July 2020 – 380 children

Friday 17th July 2020 – 476 children

There is a woman with nine children (9) and four of the children are below eighteen years old. They are living with their very old grandmother and their mother is out in the rural areas living the grandmother to fend for her children. The children have lost too much weight, almost emaciated with shiny hair, sunken eyes and weak, exhibiting signs of kwashiokor. Will get their health checked and monitored including that of all the children to ensure we are achieving our nutritional and health goals for our beneficiaries.

We made it through 2019!

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The Foundations Project has continued to stay afloat in the difficult economic situation prevalent in the country maintaining its main programming areas of The Caledonia Rose Infant School, The Feeding Scheme and the girls, young women and women skills development, Skilled Women and Girls (SWAG) programme. The infants’ school consistently enrolled at least 100 orphans and vulnerable who including other children from the children are beneficiaries of The Feeding Scheme who are fed daily on semolina porridge. It also enhances the nutritional needs of the school children and it is complimentary to their learning experience which begins with a meal at the Centre. Majority household food security in Zimbabwe has been eroded, non-existent in most circumstances and the Feeding Scheme is a huge relief to its Caledonia community beneficiaries. Families in Zimbabwe are generally also extremely affected by the ever escalating basic food prices worsened by challenged incomes in the crumbling economy. This leads to ever increasing number of children in the Caledonia Community, over and above the 350 we are feeding daily, needing to be fed. We often must make difficult decisions of chasing away hungry little ones as we can only do so much given available resources. The children’s parents, caregivers, sisters, aunties come to the Centre under our skills development programme, Skilled Women and Girls (SWAG). At least 150 beneficiaries come to the Centre for various activities including facilitated sessions on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Positive Parenting, Gender Based Violence, Peace & Reconciliation in Communities and non-formal education programme on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Seven (7) manual sewing machines at the Centre have been used, among others to make shopping bags from swatches donated by Friends of The Foundations Project who continue to make things happen at Caledonia Rose Centre. Outstanding recognition in the year 2019 goes to Antima Investments through Evan Christophides, NutriFoods and Quality Gas for standing in the gap of the beneficiaries that we serve. Heartfelt thanks to Volunteers from the Caledonia Community, who otherwise given the resources must be paid for their critical services they offer. The volunteers keep the various programmes running and the community served enabling the Center’s life changing impact in the community. As we continue into 2020, our work is solely complimented by the kindness and generosity of individuals, corporate companies,donors local and international who are loyal and joining us giving hope for a better future.

Our Skilled Women and Girls beneficiaries making shopping bags

 

Our little angels at school and beneficiaries of the feeding scheme

   

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As the year starts to wind down, we try to keep the fire burning at TFP!

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At The Foundations Project, we can’t believe that we are racing towards the end of another year. It has been a rather difficult year for us as the expectations that were built up in Zimbabwe in November last year have not yet been realized and we find that we are, once again, working hard to simply survive. However, we are so grateful for the continued work of our team who have made sure that the children are fed, taught, loved and cared for and that their caregivers are taught how to parent and are given the skills to help them earn an income where possible.

                                                                  
14 wonderful women have been working hard at the skills development centre to sew up 36 beautiful bags with swatches kindly donated by Caroline Dunn. The ladies had such fun choosing their colours and creating their masterpieces! The use of plastic bags is being discouraged in Zimbabwe and so we hope to be able to offer these as an alternative shopping bag, or just as a lovely handbag!

Bags sewn by our hardworking caregivers

 

One of our caregivers enjoy dancing and singing at the CRC. We love to see our children and their mummies have fun!

The income made from these bags will assist the women to care for their families as the majority of them are single mums and are survivors of gender based violence. Some of these ladies have children at the school but we have opened the skills development up to the broader community as there is such a need. We hope to offer training in a greater variety of skills once the situation is a bit more stable so that we can widen our reach to more and more people who would like to be involved.

Felistas – a mother of two of our CRC graduates and now one of our wonderful teachers!

Our new director, Patience Chiyangwa, has been working very hard to ensure that all our programmes on the ground are running smoothly and that we have enough funding to ensure that our work can progress into 2019. We have struggled to raise money this year and sadly had to cancel our Golf Day planned for 2 November due to the economic difficulties our country is facing. However, we are greatly looking forward to our annual Christmas party and graduation at the Caledonia Rose Centre, an event that always brings much joy to those who attend and to us as we see the children laugh and play and celebrate the year that has just been.

Blessing shows off her new shoes at one of our first Christmas parties!

And the clown makes lots of fun for everyone:)

Sadly we have not managed to organize our annual shoe drive for Christmas this year as we have struggled to find donors or shoes to be able to do so. This is the first year that we have not done this since TFP started and we are disappointed that we have failed on this front but we look forward to being able to make up for it next year and to hopefully be able to reach out to even more children than those directly involved at the CRC.

When reading back over this post, I realize that much of it is sad and disappointing but what I know for sure is that in this time of difficulty, our work is even more important than ever. The children are more hungry and their caregivers are more desperate. And so we will continue to make sure that we can give them a meal and some fun and joy and hope for a better future.

Happy children come to our centre to play and learn