Swaziland

The people of Swaziland face immense challenges including poverty, chronic food insecurity, HIV/AIDS and a climate that is often unpredictable. New research from the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Health Organization rated Swaziland as the unhealthiest country in the world with women and girls most at risk.

More and more the signs of ever-deepening poverty are knocking on the doors of Salesian-run programs. Salesian missionaries work to meet the most basic needs while providing education to youth in need. With education, youth can find and retain employment and in turn give back to their families and communities.

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Provide technical & vocational training

The Manzini Youth Care operates two vocational training centers for older youth, residential care for former street children and a drop-in school for street children when they first come in off the streets. Manzini Youth Care also serves the communities surrounding the city of Manzini to help residents improve their living standards, sanitation and food security.

Rescue children facing adversity

Manzini Youth Care was established in the 1970s and provides services to marginalized youth. Services include free primary school for children who have dropped out of school due to poverty, two vocational training centers for older youth, residential care for former street children and a drop-in school for street children when they first come in off the streets. Manzini Youth Care also serves the communities surrounding the city of Manzini to help residents improve their living standards, sanitation and food security.

Empower girls & women through education

Young girls in Swaziland are among those most at risk for dropping out of school and becoming victims of sexual exploitation and prostitution. Salesian missionaries in the country provide education and social development programs to help youth, particularly girls, have access to the shelter, healthcare and nutrition they need to complete their education.

The Salesian Zekhele Shelter in the city of Manzini cares for 14 girls between the ages of 8 and 21. The Shelter provides safe living accommodations as well as education. Girls in the program are able to focus on their studies, break the cycle of poverty and live a healthy, productive life.

Deliver life-saving meals

With 63 percent of the country’s population living below the poverty line, the risk of food insecurity is high. According to the World Food Program, nearly 25 percent of Swaziland’s children suffer from stunted growth as a result of malnutrition.

In Swaziland, Salesian food programs provide meals to students during the school day and serve as an incentive for families to send their children to school. More than 2,100 youth received better nutrition thanks to a shipment of fortified rice-meals to the Salesian organization, Manzini Youth Care. The donation was made possible through an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and Rise Against Hunger, an international relief organization that provides food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable.

Masekwene Care Point and Soup Kitchen was also a recipient of the rice-meal donation. The Salesian organization provides education and a feeding program that offers morning and lunchtime meals to more than 400 disadvantaged children. Close to 80 percent of the participants in the program are from single parent households.

As a result of the donation, students are thriving. Many have gained weight, suffered fewer illnesses and become more focused on their studies. Teachers are seeing better student performance in class, a decrease in absenteeism and an increase in program enrollment rates as a result of the feeding program. The latest shipment of rice-meals also included soap, protein and nutrition bars, as well as soccer equipment and clothing.

In addition, in the second half of 2018, bars of soap and close to 300,000 rice-meals have been provided to youth and their families across 14 programs facilitated by the Salesian-run Manzini Youth Care, thanks to the ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and Rise Against Hunger. The rice-meals and soap were provided to Salesian primary schools, orphanages, vocational schools, child and youth development programs, a community empowerment program and an elder care program. The meals helped ensure that all those taking part in Salesian programs had the proper nutrition both to help their health but also enable them to have the energy to fully take part on the programs.

Deliver essential equipment & supplies

Salesian Missions sent new shoes to youth in the Salesian-run Manzini Youth Care Center thanks to an annual shoe drive held at the Academy of St. James in Totowa, N.J.

Salesian Missions has supported this shoe drive since its launch in 2015. Roberto Callegari, who was a third-grade student at the Academy of St. James back in 2015, came up with the idea to send shoes to Africa. With the support of his father Orlando Callegari and the Academy of St. James School, he was able to launch this program, now in its fourth year.

In 2018, 79 pairs of new shoes from the shoe drive were sent to the Manzini Youth Care Center. The shipment to Swaziland also contained 20 pallets of rice-soy meals from Rise Against Hunger, more than 75 pairs of second-hand shoes donated by Swazi Legacy, liturgical items, PediaSure®, fabric, soccer balls, school supplies and second-hand soccer cleats and clothing.

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SWAZILAND: Close to 700 people in Salesian-run Manzini Youth Care programs benefited from rice-meal donation thanks to Rise Against Hunger shipment

The fortified rice-meals are ensuring that people in the local communities have the balanced healthy nutrition they need. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Oct. 24, 2019) Close to 700 people taking part in Salesian-run Manzini Youth Care programs

MEDIA ADVISORY: Salesian missionaries from around the globe travel to US to share stories about helping at-risk youth

Talks will be centered around the mission of the Salesians of Don Bosco, to end the cycle of poverty by providing education and opportunities to at-risk youth in more than 130 countries, in some of the poorest places around the gl

SWAZILAND: Salesian Missions coordinates donation of new shoes from Academy of St. James in Totowa, NJ

In 2018, 79 pairs of new shoes from the shoe drive were sent to the Manzini Youth Care Center. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (May 24, 2018) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco based out of New Rochelle, N.

Partnership with Rise Against Hunger helps provides a hand up – with hand soap

Vulnerable communities in countries including Guatemala, Haiti and Swaziland see significant improvement in the residents’ health after using the soap regularly. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Sept. 28, 2017) Thanks to an ongoing partnership

SWAZILAND: More Than 2,100 Youth in Salesian Programs Receive Better Nutrition Thanks to Rice-Meal Donation

NEW ROCHELLE, NY & MANZINI, SWAZILAND (Nov. 3, 2015) More than 2,100 youth received better nutrition thanks to a recent shipment of fortified rice-meals to the Salesian organization, Manzini Youth Care, located in the cit

Salesian Missions Awarded USAID Grant to Distribute 75 Metric Tons of Food in Swaziland

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