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.
The Salesian organization Manzini Youth Care was established in the 1970s and provides services to marginalized youth. Children and at-risk youth who have dropped out of school due to poverty can access free education at the Salesian-run Enjabulweni Free Primary School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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In Swaziland, the statistics for poverty and related problems are staggering. The country has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the world – with one in every four people afflicted. There are more than 80,