Family Care Programme in Mbabane, Swaziland
This small AIDS project focuses on the two townships of Sidvwashini and Msunduza on the outskirts of the capital Mbabane. These two townships have, as a result of the AIDS-pandemic, the highest mortality rate in Swaziland. More than 25 percent of all adults are infected with HIV/AIDS. The living standards for the majority are below the poverty line. Pure water, sewerage systems and other sanitary installations are not available.
The target groups for the projects are:
- Child headed families
- Grandparent led/headed families
- Families headed by other relatives.
The charity will primarily give aid to 60 families around 300 orphaned children within the townships.The project will provide home-based care. 15 community volunteers will be responsible for 4 to 5 families each and provide what is necessary for their individual family circumstances. The main objective is to help families stay together in their traditional communities avoiding desperate situations which typically lead to child abandonment.
The community volunteers will provide:
- Information about HIV / AIDS
- Care for the sick and needy
- School fee support
- Help and counselling
- Vocational training and income generating activities
- Psychological treatment – after the loss of loved ones
- Health services and medical treatment
The project will emphasise the involvement of children in the participatory decision making over their own future and the measures that will be taken.
Our charity focuses on assisting children to be self-sufficient and grow independently
Note about sponsorship: we do not offer children on our outreach programmes to child sponsors: we only offer children who live in our villages. However, you are welcome to sponsor children in one of our villages…