Children Support Program

Zibuse is right now identifying the first 30 young boys and girls that will be included in the first phase of the Children Support Program. The goal with the Children Support Program is to support them so that they can start or conclude their studies in school. The school is free of charge in South Africa but it’s mandatory to wear school uniform. Not affording to buy a uniform hinders a lot of kids in Pongola.

Each support package includes a school uniform, a pair of shoes, a belt to the trouser, a pair of socks socks and a pair of underwear.

They will get their support packages now in December to be ready for the school start beginning of January.

Gogo Nsibande

This is Gogo Nsibande. She stays with nine members of her family which includes six grandchildren for which four are orphans and are left in the care of this old lady. The mother to the two Gogo Nsibande’s grand children is being treated for MDR at Thulasizwe TB hospital in Ceza. One of the boys in the family is mentally ill. Gogo Nsibande has just lost her son who has been trying to build a four room house in the yard but passed away before the house wall could be of the hip size. She has got two children who are attending school one in grade eight and one in grade tend. I’m now negotiating with the house builders to finish at least one of the rooms with the support from the AKNMF. /Zibuse 

This is Gogo Nsibande.

Outside her home I met by a five year old boy who told me that he wants to be registered in school and told me his name.

Her dream is that beside the problem of food in her family she wish that at least if one room of her four room was to be completed to allow her family more space and at least one room which is not leaking when heavy rains comes.

She is standing next to her unfinished house.

What I like about her is that though she is needy, she does not sit and wait for manna. She is planting some maize so she may not go begging for food all the time . She has been working hard to plant her big garden.

Soccer competition

This weekend I was at the soccer field where a soccer competition was held. There were 6 teams who took part, and after the matches during Saturday 3 teams were out. The games continued during Sunday were the “Happy Boys” won over “Matouch FC” in the final on penalty. The “Happy Boys” went away with the very nice new soccer T-shirts , socks and shorts that we have received from Sweden. The local people and everyone who helped to organize this competition were very pleased and promised to go a long way with our programs.

The team in orange T-shirts and grey shorts is “Matouch”, the team in white is “Liverpool”.

This is “Matouch FC”, one of the finalists.

And this is “Happy boys”, the other finalist.

The winning team “Happy Boys” went away with these very nice new soccer T-shirts , socks and shorts that we have received from Sweden.

Gogo Thandi Mamazane Mbatha

Today I went out to meet some families though most children were in school but I managed to meet some Gogos and witnesses some appalling conditions under which some people are living. People are living in extreme poverty. Let us walk together and visit one of the families.

Here we are meeting Gogo Thandi Mamazane Mbatha. She lives in a 19×14 feet house together with her 10 members of the family which includes her grandchildren all between the age of one and 28 years.  This includes both fully matured girls and boys of the family. Only one child is attending a preschool. The problem always began when it is a sleeping hour when all these people have to be squashed into this small poorly built house structure. Amongst the members of this family there is one who is taking a TB treatment and already most members in this family are coughing and never been to the doctor to check their TB status.

She has struggled to buid a 15×15 feet one room but is unable to complete it due to financial problems. She is sharing her small pension with her 10 members of the family. To complete her one room she needs only six sheets of corrugated  iron price unknown yet  and six wooden frames which cost R300. 00 all together. She believes that the sum of R1500.00 can finish her one room since she has already paid the builder.  

To the left is her one room she wish to complete. And to the right is the inside of the room which has got only one single bad where we found one boy suffering from flue sleeping.

The plan is to complete her new room with the support from the Anna-Karin Nyberg Mazeka Foundation!


Sanele Sbiya

This is Sanele Sbiya that I met a couple of weeks ago. A very outspoken young boy who lives in the sugercane farms of Pongola. His mother is dead. He has never been to pre school since the preschool is 30 km away.
When his father is out working this young man stays alone in his home which is surrounded by sugercane and banana trees which are very much attractive to dangerous snakes like mambas and python. Several people have already been killed by snakes in this area.
He do wish to go to school one day but it is very hopeless since the preschool is mandatory in South Africa to be prepared for grade R in school.
With your support to the AKNM Foundation we will be able to negotiate and pay them who drive the kids to the preschool to also include Sanele in their transportation plans. 

Pre school visit

A couple of weeks ago I visited a pre school on the deep rural area of Pongola. I took some clothes, baby blankets, toys and books with me. It was a happy day for the children, parents and the pre school teachers that actually are volunteers.

Thank you Kvarnbyskolan in Mölndal for the lovely blankets!

And a big thank you to Agneta Blomberg who has sent the clothes, toys and books!


The mothers to the young kids received a blanket from Kvarnbyskolan.


Here are the kids that I met in the pre school with their new clothes.

Here are the pre school teachers who are volunteers at this pre school. The picture was taken when they received some toys as well as books that we have received from Sweden.


Among the kids I met in this pre school there was this seven years old boy who is physically challanged, poor sighted, has defect speech and is underweighted.
Due to all the above challenges he is not welcomed in the schools for normal children. His unemployed mother cannot afford to take him to a school which is suitable to his disabilities.
His name is Lufiso Simelane. He is mentally good and if you tell him to do something he do it correctly.
If he does not get immediate financial support he will not get any suitable education.

Soccer T-shirts to the teams

We have been receiving soccer T-shirts as well as soccer balls and we have been giving out soccer T-shirts to the boys encouraging them to participate in sports and not to be involved in criminal activities. And at the same time making them to be aware of hiv and aids. The boys had to work hard in the soccer tournament to win a soccer jersey.

I hope some of the teams who donated these soccer T-shirts will be proud to see that it did reach the people who deserve it.


Hur mår barnen?

Hur mår barnen?

Anna-Karin och Zibuse drev ett skolfadderprojekt, med register där fadderbarnen följdes upp. Den nystartade insamlingsstiftelsen börjar med andra projekt för behövande barn, under Zibuses ledning och i Anna-Karins anda.

Situationen har inte förändrats. Anna-Karins bok med noteringar om barnen som fick hjälp ger en blixtbelysning av livet för barn och tonåringar i townshipet och de fattiga landsbyarna runtom – både på Anna-Karins tid och i dag. 

I den här rapporten har vi bara tagit med några av barnen på Anna-Karins lista. Och den omfattar ändå bara en liten, liten del av alla hjälpbehövande barn i området. Men för dem betydde hjälpen något, liksom för sjöstjärnorna i legenden.

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