BOWLED OVER BY SUCCESS
27th March 2019
Mothers of Africa’s Monaco Association have held a highly successful fundraiser to support the charity’s work in Zambia. After an evening of bowling and dinner the event raised €230, which will go towards the purchase of 35 Oxford English School dictionaries for the Shiyala Primary School. Four teams took part in the bowling, taking their team names from current collaborations in Zambia, namely: Shiyala, Evergreen, Caukin and Mwakalombe. And the winners were – Team Caukin. Association President, Susanne Batstone said, “Thank you to everyone who came and took part. As well as raising a great amount, we had a lot of fun.”
NEW MONACO PRESIDENTIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
12th March 2019
Mothers of Africa is pleased to announce Susanne Batstone as the new President of the charity’s Monaco Association.
Susanne takes over from Janice Newport who stepped down after a very successful spell as Mothers of Africa lead in Monaco.
Janice not only ran a number of successful educational holiday camps in Shiyala, Zambia, but also led the Monaco team to achieving charitable Association status in the Principality.
Susanne said: “Janice has done a tremendous job and I would like to thank her on behalf of the Shiyala community. She has made such a difference, giving the children, and in particular the girls of the village, a chance of a better future. We are extremely grateful to Janice and her family.“
Susanne takes over at an exciting time for Mothers of Africa with a further holiday camp scheduled for 2019 and plans being firmed up for a classroom build at the Evergreen School, near Chongwe, Zambia. With class sizes of nearly 100 learners at Evergreen, this is much needed.
BOOK SHIPMENT SETS SAIL
7th February 2019
Most of us have fond memories of our favourite childhood stories and the moments we shared reading with our own children. As children grow up what do we do with the books that gather dust and remain unread? Difficult to give away these precious family souvenirs.
In 2018, MoA launched our sustainable book project helping to recycle your memories and recycle your books.
We collected over 1,500 children’s second-hand books from our supporters and local schools which are now on their way to our small school library in Zambia. The empty bookshelves are waiting to be filled and the children are waiting to read and love your books.
Sincere thanks to everyone who made a book donation.
MONACO CHRISTMAS MARKET
15th December 2018
A traditional Christmas market with an African twist raised €2,300.
In the final run up to Christmas, Mothers of Africa held its annual market offering a special selection of African gifts, decorations, table linen and mouthwatering home baked cakes and cookies. A special range of chemical free bath and body products using essential oils flew off the Christmas stall. Children’s workshops were organised to add to the family atmosphere and the lucky winner of our winter competition, Juliette O’Connor, was picked by one of our younger MoA supporters. The mystery skiing sheep is Minty.
A huge thank you to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Monaco for allowing MoA to use their church hall which was festively decorated.
Thanks also go to Angela Collings, Marjorie Gaggino, Jennifer Jacotine and Dawn Heffernan for their help.
Season’s greetings to all our supporters. .
NO FINISH Line, Monaco 2018
10th - 18th November 2018
For the second year, team MoA participated at the NFL, Monaco to support a fellow charity Children & Future.
The NFL is a solidarity event open to everyone: it involves running or walking a circuit of 1.4 km which is open 24 hours a day for 8 days, as many times as desired and as many kilometers as desired. Each km is recorded on a chip worn by the participant and for every 1 km traveled
the organization and its partners donate €1 to support projects for underprivileged or sick children.
This year, amongst our new recruits were two of our animal friends Caramba and Gina.
It is always fun event and a great way to get fit and raise money for an excellent cause.
Go Team MoA!
SPECIAL STATIONERY SHIPMENT
23rd September 2018
Your very generous donations buy essential stationery for Evergreen and Shiyala schools. MoA deliver directly into the hands of the people who need your help.
Mr. Phiri, headmaster of Evergreen School was delighted to welcome MoA founder Professor Judith Hall. "Prof Judith brought us the vitally needed stationery: chalk, reams of paper, ballpoint pens, pencils... We are very thankful to the Mothers of Africa Team for this support!” said Mr. Banda, headmaster of Shiyala School.
We thank BookWorld, Lusaka for their generous 15% discount and Japhen Mwakalombe Trust for organizing the logistics
FAMILY-FUN BIKE RIDE
23rd September 2018
There were families, fun, bikes and a lot of riding this Sunday in San Remo, Italy.
The Mothers of Africa team and supporters set off from San Remo and took to the Ligurian coastline cycle trail a converted old railway track. One of the highlights of the day was the great Italian lunch in Arma di Taggia overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
A highly recommended 16km round trip to take in some fresh air, do some exercise and raise 340 euros for the charity.
A huge thank you to Angela Richardson who organized the event.
NEW INTERN-JOINS MONACO TEAM
31st August 2018
We are delighted to welcome Sara Loo from Singapore as our intern for the 2018/2019 academic year.
Sara was recruited from Sciences Po, Menton campus and joins us as part of her second year Civic Learning Programme.
Sara is particularly interested in the education of women and has hands on experience of teaching underprivileged women and children. We believe that Sara’s skills, experience and passion will further the goals of Mothers of Africa.
Janice and Vicky were impressed by the level of all the Sciences Po candidates.
CHILL-OUT AND MINDFULNESS
28th July 2018
“Some time for myself! Phew”
That’s what some of the 14 participants said on Saturday as we embarked on an afternoon of chill-out and mindfulness.
Thanks very much to Noeline for hosting the event and Alison Prideaux from O Mindfulness who led us through the lovely relaxing afternoon.
We raised €195 for Mothers of Africa and all had a great time!
MONACO SUMMER PARTY
7th July 2018
Singing, dancing and whole lot of fun at our annual summer party in Monaco. The location, the Club Bouliste du Rocher a hidden gem in Monaco, gave us a breathtaking view of the Monaco harbour with a firework display thrown in for free. What more could we have wanted?…Oh yes!…A raffle offering sensational prizes and a photobooth MoA style.
A huge thank you to all our supporters and donors, with your help we raised €2,450.
30th May 2018
On May 2nd 2018, the Honourable Minister Japhen Mwakalombe and local MP, came to Shiyala village for the official Shiyala Primary School inauguration. Mr Mwakalombe took time to give special thanks and words of encouragement to the six volunteer Shiyala teachers. Also pictured are: Professor Judith Hall, founder of Mothers of Africa; Dr Job Mwanza, Chongwe, District Health Director; and Paul Crompton, official MoA photographer.
28th May 2018
“Aubagne FC” is a French football club based in Aubagne, South of France. The club supports football training and practice for children from the age of 5 upwards to Senior levels. Aubagne FC itself plays in the French Amateur Championship Division 2.
Shiyala School in Zambia in a rural school newly opened by the charity Mothers of Africa and a neighbourhood school for families who are very poorly off. So when Mothers of Africa decided to equip the school making it fully operational, sports equipment was very definitely required. Donation is a way of overcoming the very limited resources of the Zambian Government Education Board. So sports equipment became part of the donation program.
One of our charity supporters, who used to live in Aubagne and keeps in touch with the club, proposed to the club managers that they might gather second-hand football strips for donation to the Shiyala School children. Shortly afterwards, and much to the surprise of Mothers of Africa we received a suitcase full of brand new football tee-shirts, jerseys and shorts, plus a very generous private donation in cash for Shiyala School!
We are over the moon and grateful to Aubagne FC for their contribution in helping Shiyala’s children in such a genuine manner. Having now handed over the equipment to our Zambian School we can tell you that the Headteacher, Mr Enock Banda, all his committed and wonderful staff and the girls and boys of Shiyala School are all extraordinarily grateful to Aubagne FC for this fabulous support.
Thank you Aubagne FC and private donor, heartfelt thanks from all of us!
TOUCH THE EARTH
12th May 2018
Janice Newport from our charity partner make an official presentation of Touch The Earth books to Mr. Banda the headmaster and Ruth the volunteer teacher and librarian.
Mothers Of Africa had a wonderful time in Shiyala, including an amazing inauguration of the school by a Zambian MP Japhen Mwakalombe.
18th May 2018
The long awaited Zambian text books have arrived at Shiyala Primary School. There are over 2,000 books: a copy per student, per subject and per grade and not forgetting teacher's books and atlases. "The Mothers of Africa Team have made us proud & more determined to deliver our services to the community of Shiyala." said Mr. Banda, Headmaster, upon taking delivery of the books.
We thank Bookworld, Zambia for their generous discount and help in ordering the books.
32 DESKS & CHAIRS
19th March 2018
More friends of Mothers of Africa: 32 triple desks were delivered to Shiyala School Zambia. Your fundraising is making a huge difference to hundreds of children.
22 December 2017
On the 22nd December, we became an official Association in Monaco. We are a committee of 7 people: 6 based in the Monaco area and we are joined by Professor Judith Hall who represents the MoA charity based in Cardiff, Wales.
29th January 2018
Mothers of Africa is delighted to welcome Julian Lennon as the charity’s first Ambassador. As a prominent philanthropist, already supporting health and child education through his White Feather Foundation, Julian shares the aspirations of Mothers of Africa. As we continue to grow and undertake new projects, Julian will help promote our activities and goals to an even larger audience.
We thank Julian Lennon for his trust and support in our work to build a more sustainable future for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.