KOSI BAY – FILLING THE CALABASH
18 September: The filling of the symbolic expedition Zulu calabash this morning at Kosi Bay mouth on the northern KZN coastline officially marks the start of this exciting 10,000Km geographic and humanitarian journey.
Shova Mike and Andre are now trekking up the coast on foot to reach SA’s most easterly point on the border with Mozambique – the Defenders and rest of the expedition team are following twisting sand tracks to meet up with them on the fence line, conducting humanitarian work en route.
Welcome to the start of Mzansi Edge – will keep you posted…
HOEDSPRUIT AND ACORNHOEK
“We blow the hard-wood coals alive from last night’s fire and on goes the soot-blackened kettle; in true expedition style and with permission from the Induna, we’ve camped wild on a highpoint overlooking the Usuthu Gorge.” – expedition team.
Incredible Heritage weekend work in collaboration with Hlokomela in Hoedspruit and KNP Community team who did an excellent well coordinated job of setting up the distribution of DoMore porridge and high quality early learning materials to each crèche head (children were on holiday). The ‘shweshwe print’ face masks kindly supplied by GOODBYE MALARIA are hugely appreciated and add significant color to these community distribution events.
The children will be returning to their ECD Centres filled with DoMore porridge to get them through the next few weeks. Not only will this supply of porridge give them the energy to learn, it will act as an incentive for parents to return their young children to ECD Centres where at least they will be provided with two meals a day.
Meet the women below who are changing the lives of young children at their ECD Centres on a daily basis! You ladies are amazing!
Well done to the Mzansi Edge team for another successful drop along the edge of our beautiful country.
And of course it wouldn’t be a heritage day drop off with out a little Jerusalem celebration. This ones for you Cyril!
NKOMAZI – MALELANE
Our extremely excited DO MORE FOUNDATION Nkomazi team were patiently awaiting the arrival of the Mzansi Edge expedition team earlier this week. Nkomazi is an extremely significant stop during the journey as here lies our long term community development project.
The Leave No Young Child Behind initiative aims to drive a significant improvement in the wellbeing of young children in Nkomazi, particularly wards 16 and 19 where the majority of young children have not been accessing essential ECD services or realising their rights and needs – making it unlikely that they will ever reach their potential and escape the poverty cycle. The Leave No Young Child Behind Initiative seeks to change this by mobilising stakeholders from inside and outside the community and facilitating universal access to a comprehensive ‘package of quality services’ that meet young children’s developmental needs in line with the National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy approved by Cabinet in December 2015. This is of critical importance since both wards have been identified by the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme as poverty nodal sites needing urgent intervention.
In order to change the situation for young children in this area, we have embarked on a multi-stakeholder collaborative process. In line with the National Integrated ECD Policy, the focus areas are:
• Maternal and Child Health
• Nutrition and Food Sufficiency
• Stimulation and Early Learning
• Parental and Caregiver Support
• Prevention and early intervention services for the protection of young children
• Infrastructure and Services for ECD
• Collaborative Partnership, Data Management and Reporting
During this stop, the Mzansi Edge and DO MORE FOUNDATION team delivered 1 ton of DO MORE porridge; home early learning packs made up of Repurpose for Purpose animal cards (designed by Wordworks; Sunlight soap, colorful masks; and some cool DMF branded t-shirts for the kids. These were delivered in a safe and effective passion to 90 parents from vulnerable households in and around Nkomazi.
All in all a very exciting and successful stop for both teams!