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Grateful to God for the people sent to us

By Sr Elsa Joseph MSMHC

Hope House had many clients with cancer of various types associated with HIV. Regular health talks are being given to the clients, caregivers and family members to make aware of the need of care, support & treatment.

Tex Ray Company Matsapha donated blankets, clothes and mealiemeal for all the clients who are happy as they are able to keep themselves warm in this winter season. They assured us of their continuous assistance.

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The Catholic Church in Swaziland stands together #With Refugees

Members of the Swaziland Council of Catholic Women presenting gift packs to heads of households at Malindza Refugee reception centre at the end of the World Refugee Day commemoration ceremony.

By Princess Fakudze

In a world where millions of people continue to be displaced by situations of political violence, war and persecution on the grounds of race, religion and political affiliation there is an increasing need for countries to receive, protect and integrate asylum seekers and refugees. Swaziland is home to about 2 000 refugees and Caritas as a social arm of the Catholic Church is in a partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the government of the Kingdom of Swaziland to protect refugees in the country.

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Swaziland Integrated Livelihoods Project

Food03Arriving at the Bishop’s house in Manzini (Swaziland) I found lots of seedlings. I did not know what and who they were for. Too many for our garden…! I then came to know they are the first of three more consignments part of a project run by Caritas: The Swaziland integrated Livelihoods Project (SILP)

The SILP is a comprehensive approach for improving food security amongst the most Vulnerable Swazi populations in the Lubombo and the lower Shiselweni regions.

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“World Refugee Day” at Malindza

malindzaWorld Refugee Day is celebrated on June 20 every year. The Malindza Camp does it on the nearest Saturday. This year was no exception and with the present of national (the minister of Home Affairs, Her Royal Highness Princess Tsandzile), members of Parliament, local authorities (Chief Ndlondlo) and representatives of UNICEF and UNHCR we all gathered at midday at Malindza.

The program lasted a couple of hours and the refugees gave us a taste not only of their music and dances but also of their local food (at the end).

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Food distribution project (Good Shepherd & St Peregrine’s)

LaFood01st week we welcomed Chiara Giovetti who came from Rome to visit our Diocese. Chiara works at the project office of the Consolata Missionaries and was instrumental in helping our diocese receive support for a couple of projects.
One of them allows us to provide food to about 750 children (100 of which are under 18 months’ old) in three parishes: Good Shepherd (Siteki), St Peregrine’s (Bulandzeni) and Holy Rosary (Mankanyane).
We were able to visit two of these centres during her stay in the country. It was also a good opportunity for me to be there.
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