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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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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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