By Bill Kelly
The true success of any work of Caritas and by extension the Roman Catholic Church can only be realized through the result of constant prayer.
By William Kelly
Sikhandza Bantfu is a Swazi name which when translated to English literary means ‘’we found people there’’. It is one of the backwater under developed communities in the kingdom in terms of infrastructure and social amenities. Children as young as six years had to travel 14 kilometres to and from school every day. There was no road. The way to school was through the forest. They had to cross rivers during the rainy season arriving at school wet, cold and tired.
By M. Ngcamphalala
Caritas Swaziland programme amongst other interventions, deals mainly with impact mitigation for those households that have lost their economically active heads. Since its inception, its mandate is to respond to the ever increasing number of orphaned and vulnerable children in Swaziland. It has assisted orphans and their families, predominantly in rural areas to live happy, normal and productive lives as part of the mitigation strategies against the impact of HIV and AIDS. This program implements interventions mostly in rural areas.
Caritas Swaziland has continued to be a recipient of the generosity of the Taiwanese people through the Goodwill Ambassadors of Catholic Diocese of Taichung.
As recent as January 2017, Caritas received a large consignment of shoes and clothes to benefit approximately 17 000 of the most vulnerable people in the Kingdom particularly orphans, children and households with no visible source of income.
A few days ago our Bishop Josè Luis Ponce de Leon, supported by Caritas staff, met those asking for financial support to pay their school fees.
A lot of people came. Last year we had 202 requests, but this year we had 621: the number has increased significantly in a year.
Behind all those requests there are different stories: orphans leaving with their grandparents, parents alive but left their families, child headed families, unemployed or under-employed, lost everything due to the lack of rains…”so much suffering” as the Bishop said.
Grateful to all those who dedicated time for this meeting and to all those in Swaziland and abroad “help us helping others”…
Below a detailed report about this meeting…from the Bishop’s blog!