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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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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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