Monday, April 30, 2012

Clean Water

The ladies in the sewing project at Section 19 in Vuvulane have been complaining about being sick and having diarrhea, nausea, etc.  Numerous days have been spent taking the ladies to the clinic at Emkusweni.  The clinic is at such a distance that it literally takes the whole day to drive there and back as well as waiting in the que to be helped.  So Corine, who is helping to manage the sewing project, came to us and asked what we thought about getting containers for them so they could have clean water, instead of the dirty water that they use from the irrigation ditches surrounding the sugar cane fields.  So I went to the market in Mbabane and bought four 20 liter containers, one for each of our ladies.  You should have seen them when they saw the containers!  They were so happy!  Now Corine takes the containers to her house and fills them with clean fresh water and brings them back to the ladies.  They are feeling much healthier and stronger already!  Now they are ready to learn and be productive, so they can make some money sewing to support their families.  This was a very small thing, but has already produced a really good result, praise the Lord!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Vitamins a Blessing!

We were blessed to meet Babe Mndzebele with Community Connections in Mahlanya last week. Babe Mndzebele works with an organization in Canada called Partners for Others. He found us through our new website ( and contacted us here in Swaziland. He was able to immediately give us several cartons of adult multivitamins and children's vitamin C supplements. The communities we work in in the Lubombo Region here in Swaziland are extremely impoverished. With constantly increasing prices for everything from transport to food, the quantity and quality of food they area able to find has diminished tremendously. Our CHIPS staff comment that it is a visible problem and malnourishment is increasing. The vitamins will help for a short while to increase the nutritional health for those that received them. Jabulani and Mary distributed the adult multivitamins and children's supplements to the Children's Cup carepoint and the community preschool in Maphiveni and in the Vuvulane community of Macetuka. Jabulani relayed the demand was greater than the supply. Thanks to Babe Mndzebele for contacting us and making this possible. We look forward to working with him and his organization in the future.