Food and nutrition gardens: Access to food is a constant challenge and so we set up feeding centres in rural communities for orphans and vulnerable children to ensure that every child will be able to have at least one meal a day.
To make sure these feeding centres never run out of food, which has sadly been the realty in the past, and ensure that they become self-sufficient in the future we are setting up nutrition gardens and small scale farm projects, that will enable these communities to provide food for themselves and the orphans, without having to rely on people donating money for food packages long term.
We want to provide support for the women who are struggling to provide for the many orphans who have been left with no one to care for and protect them. Through our partners in Swaziland we have developed links with Neighbourhood care points (NCP’s) which have been created by local women to provide a place in their local communities where Orphans and Vulnerable children in Swaziland can go to receive care and support from an adult and until recently at least one meal per day.
Until this year the NCP’s in Swaziland have received funding to provide food for the children who access the NCP’s on a daily basis. This funding has now run out, leaving women who already struggle to care for their own families in the face of poverty to face the burden of providing for the many orphans and vulnerable children in their communities who now have no access to a regular meal.
We want to help alleviate this burden by addressing this issue in both the long and short term.
Sibusi is just 3 years old and is a double orphan who lost both of his parents to HIV/AIDS. He lives with his 15 year old cousin, also an orphan who is raising him along with her six brothers and sisters, as he has no other family to take care of him. At fifteen his cousin, who attends school, has very little money to care for Sibusi and his cousins and they rely on the feeding programme to ensure that their family can eat at least once a day. Together they walk to the NCP from their small home in a very rural part or Swaziland and join the other children in the queue for a meal.
We want to make sure that every day they make that journey there is food for them at the end of it, please help us make sure that happens.