Imagine being 10 years old and having to walk 10km each way to school every day. Imagine having your only meal of the day at school because your parents have died and the community that looks after you has no means to feed you. Imagine having an ambition to be a policewoman or a nurse but no longer being able to go to school because your parents can’t afford the school fees of between £30 and £60 per year. These were some of the stories we heard first-hand on recent trips to Swaziland.

Our most recent projects include:

1. Swaziland Primary Schools

Thanks to your support we have been able to fund a number of initiatives in rural and urban primary schools. These include:

  • providing bursaries for over 100 children each year
  • purchase of a water tank and guttering for water collection
  • setting up keyhole gardens to provide much needed nutition as well as agriculture education
  • contributing to the cost of a new toilet block
  • purchase of school uniforms and shoes for orphans and vulnerable children
  • purchase of computers and provision of IT training
  • provision of school furniture

2. Community Projects

In 2011 we paid for sewing machines and sewing classes for a group of women from a squatters' camp. The women are now selling their handiwork and so have more money to support their children's schooling. We hope that they will be able to make school uniforms in the future.

As one of our collaborative projects with Swaziland Schools Project we have contributed to the cost of an outdoor sports stadium. This will be used by the local secondary school and the community.

3. Helping individuals

Sometimes we hear of a desperate need - like the little boy who needed new hearing aids at one of the schools we have been supporting. We were able to provide the money for this and it was wonderful to hear from the Headteacher how this had transformed his life.

On our last visit to Swaziland we met two teenage boys who impressed us by their ambition and hard work for their local church and community. Their family circumstances meant that they were unable to afford the full school fees to continue their schooling so we made a committment to cover the shortfall.