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HOPE HOUSE: a quiet and familiar place to support HIV/AIDS patients in Swaziland

HOPE HOUSE 3HOPE HOUSE is a faith based charity center, initiated by the late Bishop Louis Ncamiso Ndlovu in the Catholic Diocese of Manzini, and officially opened in April 2011.

It is a part of Caritas Swaziland’s  HIV and AIDS  Program, serving as an hospice facility. In this regard the center serves as a half way between hospital and  home for those in need because of the terminally ill, HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS related illnesses, regardless of their faith.

Our main objective is to HOPE HOUSEalleviate the physical, psycho-social and spiritual suffering of the terminally ill, through the provision of a quiet environment, palliative care, nutritional advice, counseling and companionship. The holistic care, comfort and user-friendly services are provided by a small group, including the Program Manager, palliative care nursing staff and gardener, who work closely with the caregivers and the housekeeper. Hope House provides a counseling service for patients and their carers, and a training of caregivers on how to support the person with a terminal illness on discharge.

The Center comprises 25 self-contained and furnished units, including a kitchenette, toilet and shower. Each unit can accommodate 2 people, the patient and his/her carer such as a friend or relative. We  also have a children’s unit who work in collaboration with the Rocking Horse project; a physiotherapy unit with a part-time physiotherapist and a part-time medical doctor to assist our patients.

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Is WATER important?

FlorenceHave a glass of water, have a shower, cooking to do…anything else? Yes, we can do a lot of things with water. Have you ever thought about the water’s impact on your life?

Really, you also need water for your livestock and your crops, to clean your house and wash your clothes…

It is easy to turn on the tap if you are thirsty or if you need a shower, if you have running water at your disposal, but what happens if you don’t have it?

Let’s think about it…

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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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