The picturesque Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland) is a beautiful country, but struggles to come to terms with one of the world’s highest rates of HIV/AIDS, resulting in many orphans and child-led households. We now partner with specific organisations to maximise the impact we can have in this beautiful yet struggling nation.
Click on the links below for a better view of Team Hope’s work in Swaziland.
Team Hope has been working with partners for many years in Swaziland, a country ravaged by HIV/AIDS. The disease impacts on almost everone in Swaziland and has been the reason for huge numbers of deaths across all genders and ages, with the biggest losses being in the male population. This has left thousands of women and children with no visible means of income.
With Christmas Shoebox distributions opening many doors for Team Hope and our partners, it gives a fantastic opportunity to assess the real needs within the communities. With Community Development projects, we strongly focus on our Asset Bassed Community Development (ABCD) model of practice. This is to encourage all communities to look within themselves for the assets needed to help make our development projects work. Assets such as practical labour, available land, wisdom and experienece. Partnering these assets with necessary funding assistance has made a fantastic difference in the areas we work on within Swaziland.
Team Hope has established almost 100 Income Generation / Self Help groups.
These groups continuously look at new and better ways of earning badly needed income, through their own peer support.
With our help they receive the necessary training to maximise their potential. Whether it’s growing foodstuffs, selling clothes, producing floor polish or many other activities….. with your help, these Self Help groups are making a difference to literally thousands of people.
Some other CDP that Team Hope has focused on in Swaziland :
- Childrens rescue centre
- Fruit trees farming to provide income
- Piggery to womens groups
- Raised bed garden/ Back yard farming
- Fuel efficient stoves
Team Hope have been sending Christmas Shoebox gifts to Eswatini for more than ten years now. In that time we have sent almost 200,000 gifts from the amazingly generous people here in Ireland.
In Lavumisa, Eswatini we met with Lindiwe. She had sadly lost her parents but her Gran is still delighted that Lindiwe has been included in the Christmas Shoebox distributions.
Inside her box there was so much to be excited about; Warm gloves are so important in the mountains of Eswatini at winter time. School copy books and pens are almost pricesless for Lindiwe as her Gran just can’t afford them. So many things to make her feel special and loved.
This year we hope to send to more than 30,000 children like the ones pictured here…..
Just some examples as to how the Self Help groups
are impacting on every day people:
“I took a loan and bought socks in South Africa, I sell them in the community”.
‘I took a loan and started baking fat cakes for sale in the nearby schools’
‘I took a loan and bought a school uniform for my child’
‘I took a loan and hired a tractor to plough my fields to grow crops to feed my family’.
These are all stories where your help has made a genuine difference.
“As women we have gained respect from our husbands and also from the community leaders, because this approach has opened our eyes and we are helping ourselves”.
Area (in sq. km.) 17000