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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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“A seedling natured in love grows to maturity”

Orphanaid Welfare Program

pageThe Orphanaid Programme was established in 1999 to mitigate against the impact of HIV/AIDS pandemic in Swaziland. The mission of the Programme is therefore, to assist Orphans and their families to live a normal and productive life.

The Programme implements various projects to assist the families who have lost their economically active heads. The Programme gets funding support mainly from the Swaziland Government’s quarterly subvention, Diocese of Taichung, SACBC, CRS and Corporate business Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC).

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Refugees engulfed by scandals

malindzaReport on Malindza fire incidents and demonstrations by Somali Asylum-seekers

The Caritas Swaziland Refugee Programme, being the sole implementing partner to the UNHCR in Swaziland provides services that promote the local integration of refugees and asylum seekers. Our Primary responsibility remains the provision of an integrated assistance package comprising education, psychosocial counseling, legal assistance, medical care and until recently business management training. The drive towards the attainment of durable solutions for the refugee population is a central feature of the refugee program, particularly given the incumbent local integration theme- a direct consequence of diminished resources.

Over the past two month period, the hitherto peaceful refugee protection leadership has been altered by somewhat by unfortunate events never before recorded in recent history. This report serves to reveal in detail, circumstances surrounding the events under discussion.

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Living life in abundance

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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