After a very tough 2020, this week, the Clover Mama Afrika team held an intimate Smarties Week awards ceremony to celebrate each of the phenomenal women who form part of the Clover Mama Afrika project. While 2020 brought forth challenges, especially in the communities which these Mamas live, each of them battled their way through to make the year the most successful it could be.
At their 14th annual Smarties Week Awards ceremony held at the Wilderness beach Hotel in Wilderness, Prof Elain Vlok, Clover Manager, Clover Mama Afrika Trust, praised the Mamas in attendance. The Smarties Week Award ceremony is about recognising the selfless work that our Clover Mama Afrikas do within their communities and the progress they have achieved with their projects over the last year. The awards evening also gives them the opportunity to acknowledge the very individuals that has helped the project achieve the success it is today.
The week prior to the awards, the Mamas were finally able to travel for Smarties Week training, where they worked hard to learn and improve. This was the first in-person training session since the pandemic hit, which made it extra special. During the week spent in Wilderness, all the Clover Mama Afrikas enjoyed days filled with training, some surprises, and some serious discussions about the past year and the year ahead.
The Clover Mama Afrikas were welcomed with a special room drop that included a Caftan dress co-sponsored by Fluidity that was worn at the welcome dinner. In the spirit of local tourism, the Clover Mama Afrikas were also taken to the quaint George market during the weekend, where they entertained the visitors with songs on invitation of the market owner. Other days were met with social distanced mosaic classes, hand sewing and other educational activities.
“2020 had its challenges but these challenges were turned into opportunities which we are very proud of. We all had to do things differently which we did by turning training sessions into virtual training sessions and with that, we still provided eight skills training courses in the short time we had before Covid-19 arrived in SA. The results were impressive to say the least and this leads us now to thank our project partners that enabled us to do so much more during 2020,” explains Prof Elain Vlok, Clover Manager, Clover Mama Afrika Trust.
The top Mamas were awarded with the following awards: