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Caritas Refugee Programme: “Take me to a safe refuge”

rifugiatoCaritas Swaziland open the Refugee Section in 1989.

In close collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs (Refugee Department) and UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee) provide to deliver day to day humanitarian assistance in the areas of State protection, legal documentation, income-generation, domestic support, health and education.

The Kingdom of Swaziland ratified the OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspect of Refugee Problems in Africa in 1989 and the 1959 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol in 1995. Further, Swaziland ratified the Kampala Convention, in 2012.

Caritas Swaziland assists refugees and asylum seekers, who reside in the Malindza Refugee Reception Centre (Lubombo Region), and the major sites like Mbabane, Manzini and other towns all over the Country.

Generally they escape from their Country of origin because of wars, persecutions, hunger, violation of human rights and a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion or nationality, looking for freedom, safety and protection. They come predominantly from the Great Lakes Region, like Burundi, Somalia, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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From WFD2015 to Swaziland: news about FOOD SECURITY.

blog food sec 1As we promised you last week, during the celebration of World Food Day 2015 on 16th October, here we are sharing with you all our activities about Food Security.

The Caritas Swaziland Food Security and Rural Development Programme (FSRDP) has been in existence since 1985. Its main goal has been to assist vulnerable populations within Swaziland to have greater access to sustainable livelihoods.

It has been doing this by improving sustainable agricultural production through better agriculture practices and animal husbandry.

blog food sec 2At the same time, we work with hundreds of rural families building the capacity to manage local natural resources and improve their economic coping strategies, including “Savings and Internal lending communities schemes”. All the activities of the Food Security and Rural Development Programme are implemented to make these rural families more resilient to external shocks.

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NCPs Project: at orphans’ side.

Shoes distribution in Mankonkokwane NCP
Shoes distribution in Mankonkokwane

Orphan Aid Program, under Caritas Swaziland supervision, implements a lot of projects at most vulnerable children’ s side in the Country.

Today, we want to start sharing with you something about the NCPs Project.

There are 62 Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) located in the Lubombo Region, who support 2310 children: 1210 boys and 1100 girls. The children get services like informal education, feeding, health hygiene, psycho-social support and Early Child Education Development (ECED).

All these activities are implemented through the hard and valuable service of ours 310 Caregivers, who were identified in local communities and, then, trained and monitored in all areas of intervention from our team. The  last training they had was on human trafficking issues.

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World Food Day: to address poverty and hunger considering also the conditions that cause them.

 

Today we celebrate the WORLD FOOD DAY, launched by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). This day is a great opportunity to send a strong message all over the world to engage people in the fight against undernourishment, malnutrition and waste, while promoting equal access to natural resources and sustainability.

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Caritas Swaziland: here we are!

Screen shot 2014-07-03 at 11.31.35 AMCaritas Swaziland was founded in 1977 to empower communities and reduce the chronic poverty as 70 percent of the population lives in poverty. Because of drought and disease, one in four struggle to have enough food. Since its inception, the agency has helped half a million people in a country with high unemployment and the highest HIV and AIDS rate in the world.

Caritas Swaziland programmes and social services provides assistance to over 23,000 beneficiaries every year.

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