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Swaziland Integrated Livelihoods Programme

 image002The project goal is “Vulnerable populations within Swaziland have greater access to sustainable livelihoods.” The project aims to do this by improving sustainable agricultural production while building the capacity of rural families to better manage local natural resources and improve their economic coping strategies (including Savings and Internal Lending Communities – SILC) to make them more resilient to external shocks.  However, improved food security alone does not necessarily correlate to improved health status.  The project therefore also seeks to promote healthy behaviors by improving nutritional knowledge and hygiene practices and reinforcing key HIV and TB prevention messages amongst beneficiaries.

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Hope House joined hands in the commemoration of World AIDS Day

Hope House

image010Hope House is a residential faith based hospice center and is part of Caritas Swaziland’s suite of HIV and AIDS support programs. It was officially opened in 2001. HIV AIDS clients & all terminally ill people, regardless of their religious affiliation, nationality, or age are able to utilize the services of Hope House. Accommodation is provided in individual furnished units.

It is centrally located in Manzini, which is virtually in the middle of Swaziland, making it accessible to clients from all four regions of the country. It is the only known center of its kind in Swaziland and Caritas Swaziland is the only known organization within the country that provides the full range of HIV and AIDS interventions from prevention and impact mitigation through palliative care.

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Fighting Tuberculosis

image004HBCThis program was designed to empower communities to care for their sick. It was introduced after the arrival of the HIV and AIDS pandemic in Swaziland.

Caritas Swaziland has joined hands with the Ministry of Health against Tubercolosis through the generous support from Southern African Catholic Bishop’s Conference ( SACBC). According to our last report in December 2014, 30 369 clients have benefited through training and nutritional support of supplements on a monthly basis. The statistics represent two parishes Regina Mundi and Good Shepherd where the TB Program is being implemented. Caritas also committed its self in addressing the pandemic after the Prime Minister of Swaziland in March 2011 had declared TB as a national pandemic. The program has been able to fulfill the mandate of the church by working with 28 Community Care Givers and 2 Coordinators.

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Who Cares? Phumi does

whocaresFrom: ehospice.com

Author: Denise Mortlock

As we approach World Hospice and Palliative Care Day here is a beautiful tribute to one dedicated caregiver from Hope House Hospice in Swaziland. We salute all those who care so lovingly for children with palliative care needs worldwide.

As director of The Rocking Horse Project, I am incredibly privileged to witness amazing acts of care and kindness on a daily basis.

For instance, while watching Phumi, one of the minders we employ, taking care of a very sick child whose parents have died and whose grandmother is overwhelmed with looking after another five grandchildren, I asked this lady what motivated her. This was her response:

In 2007, I observed a discharge from my breast. I immediately rushed to Mbabane Government Hospital where they did thorough tests. They gave me medication and told me to come for review after two months.

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(SILC) Savings and Internal lending Communities Project

IMG_0980Introduction 

This is a report highlighting activities being carried out by the development department in a particular project called SILC (Savings and Internal Lending Communities). The Swaziland Integrated Livelihoods Project under the Food Security Program implements many developmental projects, but the scope of this report only focuses on the SILC project and on interventions particular to the Lubombo and Lower Shiselweni Region.

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