In 2018 ADORE was given an opportunity to assist up to 22 villages in business training for Women Entrepreneurs. ADORE was chosen by the United Nations Women (UNW), to partner in a Programme called AWOME (Accelerated Women Owned Micro Entrepreneur), ADORE qualified after a thorough investigation from UNW through capacity, needs and baseline assessments and studies.
ADORE signed a Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with the UNW on 30th July, 2019. ADORE was given adequate time to prepare, hire staff, train and learn about the Programme. AWOME is just one of ADORE Programmes. ADORE attended workshop in preparation for the Programme launch in February, 2020. AWOME is a three way partnership, ADORE, UNW and Botswana Government. It is sponsored by De beers Group.
Training Needs Analysis took place by the trainers across the 22 villages. Sixty entrepreneurs were identified and attended a one week business training course in a town called Maun. Women were transported some as far as 600 kilometres away. They were accommodated, catered for and taught by Master Trainers on the Start Improve Your Own Business Manuals (SIYB). All sixty participants received the six manuals and received certificates while attending their graduation ceremony. Covid-19 stopped the advancement of the project. Entrepreneurs are still encouraged and are happy that ADORE still empowers them through visitations. They look forward to ongoing support and more training in the future. ADORE intends to train many more women.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic Adore Little Children (ADORE) has been able to keep busy on the ground helping wherever they can lend a helping hand. Programmes of ADORE such as Playgroups, Empowerment and training sessions, garden, sewing and carpentry centres were closed until lockdown was lifted and it was safe to resume gatherings, however some activities have continued changing the operations method to suit Covid.
ADORE became part of the Village Emergency Operations Committee (VEOC) after being invited by the Social Worker and Community Development Officer of Ngarange to assist in monitoring movement in the village and issuing of movement permits. Each day the Directors of ADORE assembled with the committee which included Dikgosi, Police, School, Clinic, and Village Development Committee (VDC) at the Ngarange Kgotla (community meeting place) to update on activity or cases. On occasions the committee toured the village to educate about social distancing, washing of hands, and staying at home, wearing of masks and general education on the virus itself and the restrictions made by Government as most people do not receive news in such rural locations.
Farmers were encouraged by Government to supply vegetables and beans which Government would subsidies them for. ADORE assisted in the transportation of vegetables and the physical work of sorting, counting and packing and delivering of the food baskets to the various families listed in Ngarange and Sekondomboro. The families were generally happy to receive food for their households.
Midwifes from Xakao, a village 30 kilometres from ADORE headquaters, were able to travel to and from their working station to Ngarange and Sekondomboro to attend to the expecting mothers for their monthly check-ups. ADORE was able to transport them. Tobera mothers were also collected and brought to Sekondombo Clinic.
Additional to these activities ADORE has taken cooked meals to the elderly or donated meat or vegetables to those with disabilities. Children have been encouraged in their yards to continue to practice their writing and reading and recourses have been received by some children. Reading of the bible on Sundays to different families has been exercised. ADORE volunteers are were at home until after the lockdown period. They returned to their work on the 1 June, 2020. There first activity was to restart the garden all over from scratch because cows broke the fence got in and ate all the vegetables. Also we were not able to keep up with the watering due to lockdown. Children Programmes are still on recess.
The Adore Truck donated by FNBB is without a doubt, one of ADORE greatest Assets. It carries, children, staff, guests, community members and collects wood, reeds, grass and resources for the project as well as assists the Management in attending meetings in various Kgotla's, villages, towns and cities.
Forty two four to five year old graduated in Ngarange this year. They are ready for Pre School. Teachers did an outstanding job this year having taught these little ones in English. Children can count to 20, Speak their alphabet, days of the week, months of the year, colours and shapes and general conversation. It was an impressive time at the graduation for parents as their children displayed their skills to the community. We always miss them when they graduate. All the girls received dresses made by Joan Wilson from Australia and all the boys received a tshirt collected by Hilary Hillcombe of Australia. After three years of being at our centre and caring for them on a daily basis you grow very fond of each and every one of them. Well done Kindy Class 2018.
Sadly heavy winds came through Ngarange two weeks ago and destroyed our fencing, knocked over our kitchen and store room, damaged all our garden, ripped all the shade net. The rain seeped in through one of our rented rooms and destroyed many clothes and stored items for our children. The positive is no one was hurt. Our staff are doing their best to rebuild.
Each day over 100 children walk into our Kindergarten. Is there room for more, not really but how do you say no to these adorable human beings. Often we are informed that there is need in the village and we attend to the matter. This time we were informed of a two year old girl who has to fend for herself. Her mother has been affected by the deadly disease HIV & Aids. This has led her to mental illness. After assessing the situation, ALCB has decided to take this child and provide her with all the daily essentials she needs, like clothing, food, love, nurturing and education. It is time to celebrate that another soul has been saved.
Last year four students attended Permaculture School to learn how to commence and maintain an organic backyard gardening project that will enhance the feeding program at ALCB. Children will be able to receive rice and vegetables instead of porridge everyday. We have introduced this to the Kindergarten Children who have this alternative once per week. As our garden grows we hope to feed them this nutritious meal daily. Our aim is to assist families to maintain their own backyard garden. Presently villagers have their cattle posts far from their homes. They plant and harvest mabele and maize meal. Vegetables are uncommon but essential for the human beings diet. We look forward to the outcome.