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 Ekwetsembeni Special School

Ekwetsembeni Special School is a school located at Mbabane in the Hhohho region, it is for children with intellectual disabilities. It was established by two American Peace Corps Volunteers in 1974, through an initiative from the society for the handicapped It started operating at Thokoza Centre and later moved into the present premises. It was rehabilitated in the 1990 by the African Development Bank after discovering that the school was dangerous for human habitation. It was then formerly handed over by the society for the handicapped to Swaziland Government who has up to now been responsible for the schools up keep.

These school fills important gaps in Swaziland`s school system more especially because they are not trained in grades but rather in groups of similar disabilities. In a later stage the children are then graded based on their response performance on skills trained to say a particular child deserve to be mainly trained on a specific skill. The children are trained on life skills which include sewing, salon, art, agriculture and academia. Teachers of Ekwetsembeni are professionally qualified teachers and full of passion.

Compassionate Swaziland is currently implementing a 1 year project with Ekwetsembeni special school in partnership with Global Fund for Children (GFC). The project started May 2017 and will run until May 2018.

The project objectives are:

  • To enhance life skills
  • Targeting girls with disabilities but not living out the boys
  • Teach girls on Sexual Reproductive Health Education
  • Provision of dignity packs(Sanitary towels, Vaseline and soap)
  • Conduct trainings for parents and teachers on regards to disability

The Salon

          

Above is a demonstration of some of the tools used in the salon department together with the focal teacher for the salon skills training “Mrs Mamba” Mrs Mamba is a degree holder and a qualified teacher by profession, She is also skilled in beauty therapy but above all she has a passion. During an interview with her she said that her passion to work with children was mainly driven by the disability background from her family that is why today she is at Ekwetsembeni Special School. Next to her picture above, is a chart which she uses to demonstrate some of the equipment used during hair dressing. She said that the children are then examined based on what they have learned.

Innovation from the Teacher

Above is an art the salon teacher (Mrs Mamba) came up with, She uses it to teach the children how to plait hair and tested on a later stage if they can braid someone hair. This innovation was driven out by the less resources to buy the correct models required for the training. Mrs Mamba said from here they would then design weave hat which the teacher said they sell then buy more working materials again. She also mentioned that on past event she would visit the salons in town and ask for the remains from their customers who came to do their hair and wash it to re-use again during the training of the children. Recently Compassionate Swaziland has provided Ekwetsembeni with the proper models (Dummies) to assist during the braiding trainings by Mrs Mamba.

 

Manicure equipment’s and braiding items

This are the some of the items Compassionate Swaziland bought for the children to practise what they do best. We have a manicure kit above which they will be using while being trained on how to do nails. They include but not limited to; lotion warmer machines, full nails, tips, nail cutter, nail filer, nail jelly, Cutex, etc. From the items Compassionate Swaziland with Global Fund for Children support of course also bought for the School braiding items like; weaves, extensions in different brands as per Mrs Mamba `s advise The Children of Ekwetsembeni Special School are talented, they need support and it doesn’t take one but the World to help nature this talent. We have done it you can do it too.

Sewing Machines for Ekwetsembeni

The joyful woman putting in place the machines above is Mrs Sukati. She is the home economics teacher of Ekwetsembeni special school, she is pictured embracing the sewing machines which she says she is so very grateful to have and emphasised how the machines were going to ease work when she teach the student. She also mentioned that previously they were using the old manual machines which were not enough to accommodate all the children to use and was very slow to the extent that the children would have to wait for the other to finish before they can get a chance to utilise the machine. Today since Compassionate Swaziland has bought 2 electronical singer machines and 1 over locker. Mrs Sukati continued to say that the new machines are fast as a result the children will be able to take turns quicker during their trainings and will sure speed up the whole process of the training.

The pupils gathered for pictures with Compassionate Director

(Make Siphiwe Mabuyakhulu)

                                                                                                               

 

Boys and girls group photo                                        Girls gathered for a group Photo

 

            

All smiles for the Camera                                          After School time at Ekwetsembeni

 

VOCATIONAL SKILLS

VOCATIONAL SKILLS

Compassionate Swaziland on the 8th of July 2016 attended a graduation ceremony at the Kwaluseni, Emporium hall, Matsapha Swaziland. The organisation was invited by Director of Buhle Catering (Make Veronica Tfwala) after the support the organisation has shown to the college since year 2016. Vocational skills is one of the many components that makes up our services offered under one of the pillars Compassionate dwells on “WORTH”. In this forum Compassionate Swaziland select young women and older Orphaned adolescents in the different constituencies we serve in and send them to vocational institutions. They attend institutions where they are trained on; Sewing, Computing and Catering. The organisation pay for their tuition fees and Hostel fee. Last year specifically on Catering skills we managed to send to Buhle Catering College 10 ladies in total. 6 from Mpolonjeni Inkhundla in the Lubombo region and 4 from Mtsambama Inkhundla in the Shiselweni region. Currently we have 15 young women in an on-going training at Buhle College expected to graduate this year 2017.

             

   

           

Some of the graduates during the proceedings, they came in numbers for their moments

 

SPEECHES

Makhosazana Vilakati

Makhosazana Vilakati is a young women from the Shiselweni region at (Siteki) Mpolonjeni Inkhundla, She is one of the young women sent to Buhle by Compassionate Swaziland. During the ceremony she was privileged enough to get the opportunity to thank her parents, teacher, Make Tfwala and the organisation, in her speech she said “She will like to thank Compassionate for such a change in her life, she is a person who never thought that one day she would ever graduate or even get a better job but rather stay a helper for the rest of her life. She continued to say that, in life each time she would look for a job her respond to the question “WHAT KIND OF JOB ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?” she would respond and say “ANY JOB!” but she is more than happy but grateful for the love and kindness Compassionate has shown her and in short of ways nor words to express her gratitude towards the organisation. As she closed her speech her only plea was that Compassionate should please continue with the good work they are doing because God in heaven sees it and shall bless them in abundant for her. Makhosazana has yet started working at Sgodweni in Matsapha as a chef.

 

Make Veronica Tfwala

Make Tfwala is the Director of Buhle Catering College who said her speech she started of as a vendor selling fat cakes and selling food during special occasions. She continued to thank the parents for trusting her with the children for the period they spent with her, many thanks were also sent to the teachers who continued to assist her even in difficult times. She assured the parents that this was not going to be the end of the road but rather the beginning of it, they will get jobs in many different places with the certificate they are getting today. While on that note she mentioned that a lot are selected while still at school by mostly the Swaziland forces to join them in event and even to serve the king, His Royal Highnest King Majesty Mswati the third. She made an example with Phiwayinkhosi Ndlela who is 1 of the young women sent by Compassionate Swaziland from Mpolonjeni Inkhundla in the Lubombo region. She is now working for the Royal Swazi Police as a cook at the police college. Lastly the Director appreciated the organisation for sending children in her college but most of all changing the lives of the young women.

 

Director: Buhle College during her speech

 

The Young Women with their families During the Graduation Ceremony

         

   

           

 

PARTICIPATING GRADUATES IN ACTION

 

              

  

 

PARENTS WERE THERE

 

   

                   

2017 USAID VISIT

2017 USAID VISIT
Compassionate Swaziland as an organization funded by USAID and PEPFAR through PACT Swaziland in implementing the PROJECT “Umliba Loya Embili” was at Mpolonjeni Inkhundla in the Lubombo region. Present was Dr Weather from the USAID office all the way from Washington, Silke from the US Embassy, Country Director Pact (Nicole Miller), Director Compassionate Swaziland(Siphiwe Mabuyakhulu), officers from PACT and Compassionate Swaziland.

During the visit they observed sessions under 2 of Compassionates Pillars; Economic Strengthening and HIV Prevention under “WORTH” groups and adolescent girls club under HIV Prevention. It was a blissful day, we observed young woman saving sessions, participated in energizers and HIV Preventions lessons. We also saw adolescent girl’s session whereby they were taught on menstrual cycle and pregnancy by Thembelihle (youth facilitator)

Compassionate Swaziland at World Aids Day 2017

As an annual event celebrated annually in the world on the 1st of December, this year the commemoration was celebrated in the Shiselweni region at Sigwe Inkhundla whereby the Swazi nation gathered in fight against HIV/AIDS. Public sectors, Private sectors and NGOs were present during this day. The society at large; girls and boys up to the elderly were also present to speak in one voice towards vision 2022 of an AIDS free generation which is also in support of the world Aids day mandate. Theme of the year 2017 was “right to health” but to suits best the situation in the country (Swaziland) it was changed to “Ending Aids Together”

From the Information Stall…

The communications officer supported by Field officers were stationed in the stall whereby they were sharing information to the public on the work the organisation is doing at community levels and findings as they work. Empowering them in situations that can be similar to those shared with them, guiding them on ways of how they can be assisted in a situation where by they need help from Compassionate SD or any of the implementing partners.

From the pictures about the Honourable Deputy Prime minister is seen visiting our stall, an officer addressing members of the crowed in the stall. Adolescents with the speaking books on their hands and taking their tie to hear what the book is saying to them carefully.

From Edutainments….

   

 

Compassionate showed some love to the public by providing innovative ideas as much as possible to keep the event alive and have everyone happy and participate from the younger ones up to adults.

Participant for the day..

      
   

 

The kept the crowed entertained and alert with their exciting talent display through song and dance. Young girls presenting above African dance geared up on Livadla (Swazi traditional skirt), some of the girls presented Ummiso which is another Swazi traditional dance geared up on Sidwashi and umgaco. Our mothers (Lutsango) came in numbers too and danced for the public in song, geared up with the whole Swazi women traditional attire. The royal Swaziland police band also shared with us the best sound from their music instrument.

More pictures from the Compassionate Stall…..

   
   

     

Our very own- Ntsetselelo Simelane reciting a Poem

Ntsetselelo is a 15 years old adolescent who presented a poem talking specifically to HIV. Saying time is up. Here is more he had to say

 

HIV You are an infection that anyone can get

You were born out of no where

You came out of nowhere

You are the evil secret weapon

You came and controlled out lives.

Who are you? Why are you here?

Why are you so painful to our lives?

Why do you bring destruction to our world?

 It was our world before but since you entered this world, our peaceful country Swaziland. You control it as if it belong to you.

You direct us to death through hell.

You are cruel

You destroy people’s lives

You have done and still do painful things.

You take parents away from their children and leave them homeless

You make people give up on their lives

You have made us to live in fear by creping around the corner with no footsteps to hear.

HIV your time is up!! Without shedding a tear, we say this is our lives

We are not going to give up but fight back and take what belongs to us which is our health and our lives. NGCI!! NGCI!! NGCI!!

Sikanye Kanye sitayicedza i-AIDS

Brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and grand parents

Asingacwayani, singahlekani kepha sibambisane sicedze i-AIDS

 

 

Day of Adolescent Girl Child

The  international day of a girl child is commemorated on the 11th October of each and every year but this year as Partners looking at the welfare of adolescent girls towards the theme “Empowering girls before, during and after crisis” was celebrated it at Sibetsaphi high school in Siphofaneni on the 18th October 2017. The event was graced with the presence of Hon. Deputy Prime Minister Mr Paul Dlamini, dignitaries from the ministry of education and Implementing partners, chiefs from the communities, parents, NGOs and the most important people of the day “our girls”.

(Miss Nontsikelelo with the girls during the proceedings)

 

The program directors of the day were 2 young girls; 1from Sibetsaphi high school and 1 from St Philips high school. They did and exceptionally good job from the 9am until the very end of the program at 3pm. Part of the items on the agenda were 4 doctors (girls), young farmer (Nombuso Manana). The Doctors were young girls from different family backgrounds who grew up and faced different challenges in life but still persevered to bring out the best in their lives, they all shared success stories and lastly told the girls that they recently graduated for the university in Taiwan. They shared with girls on how to be the best and emphasised they study very hard. On the other hand the young farmer Nombuso also shared with the girl’s presence the touch life she faced but she did not give up instead continued to grow vegetables and one day joined a competition which she won. She is a better farmer today.

Program Directors

 

Compassionate Swaziland came along to share their services offered towards vision 2022 of empowering girls under the Umliba Loya Embili project. Offered specifically to girls is under HIV Prevention of our pillar where by the girls are taught in clubs on a curriculum called stepping stone. Compassionate officers came to support the communications officer in the stall as the share more from the Compassionate Swaziland`s desk to the girls and public at large.

Visitors on our stalls

  A POSE WITH THE GIRLS

              

                       

World AIDS day Illovo

 Compassionate SD at World AIDS day Illovo

Compassionate Swaziland (csd) as an organisation which was founded by HIV+ mothers and fathers who were concerned about their affected and infected adolescent takes pride in part taking in activities which mandate is to fight and end HIV/AIDS. Therefore CSD attended all the build -up campaigns towards the national Aids day which took place in regional level, whereby they were sharing with the organisations stakeholders about the services offered by the organisation in relation to HIV/AIDS, Sexual Reproductive Health, Gender base violence and HIV prevention.

During this day we were able to facilitate to adolescent girls and boys between ages 6-10 years old who attended the event. We managed to reach 300 plus adolescents that day whom we facilitated through edutainment. Topics discussed with the adolescent girls and boys included but not limited to;

  • body mapping
  • good and Bad touches
  • How a touch turns out to be violence and abusive
  • What to do in an event of violence or abuse
  • Where, how and who to report to
  • Success to fat Challenges

After the discussion of topics prepared for them energetic as these group it was games all the way;

Apart from the facilitation of the adolescents girls and boys, Compassionate Swaziland had the communications officer stationed in information stall whereby she was sharing more about the current project (Umliba Loya Embili) being implemented in the Tinkhundla level. The Director of CSD was also present to support the communications officer sharing the services offered to the public.

Pictures from the facilitation which was mainly done through the support of CSD community based volunteers; youth facilitators whom we appreciate so much for their efforts at work

 

HLANE INKHUNDLA AIDS DAY

Compassionate Swaziland working or implementing it project at Inkhundla level was invited in the Lubombo region at Hlane to attend and facilitate on their build up campaign towards world aids day. The event was held on the 25th of November 2017, started off at 7:00am with a March which began at Njotjane complex to the venue being Enjotjane Primary school.

Compassionate officers relaxing on the information stall before the event started, from left-right the Monitoring and evaluation officer, Field officers OVC (Next 2 ladies) and Field officer HIV Prevention.

From the Information Stalls….

 

Pictured above is the public visiting our stall to learn more from the services offered by the organisation and what exactly we do in the different areas we implement at.

Edutainment for the Day..

        

                             

The song of the day was “ASIBAMBANENI SICEDZE i-AIDS KA-NGWANE IZI-DZINDZIBALE” across the activities both boys and girls were dancing to the same song in different rhythms. We also had aerobics immediately after the march to empower people about the importance of keeping fit by exercising to keep health.

Our very Important guest..

The event was graced by the presence of the above honourable elders in their diffferents ranks of honorifics we appreciate them. Part of them was The Hon. Member of parlement under Hlane inkhundla, make Dvuna ( Hlane inkhundla), Head of regional offices (NERCHA) Lubombo region, Department of the Ministry of Education, Chiefs and many other dignitories who were present.

 

 

World Aids Day

As an annual event celebrated annually in the world on the 1st of December, this year the commemoration was celebrated in the Shiselweni region at Sigwe Inkhundla whereby the Swazi nation gathered in fight against HIV/AIDS. Public sectors, Private sectors and NGOs were present during this day. The society at large; girls and boys up to the elderly were also present to speak in one voice towards vision 2022 of an AIDS free generation which is also in support of the world Aids day mandate. Theme of the year 2017 was “right to health” but to suits best the situation in the country (Swaziland) it was changed to “Ending Aids Together”

From the Information Stall…

The communications officer supported by Field officers were stationed in the stall whereby they were sharing information to the public on the work the organisation is doing at community levels and findings as they work. Empowering them in situations that can be similar to those shared with them, guiding them on ways of how they can be assisted in a situation where by they need help from Compassionate SD or any of the implementing partners.

From the pictures about the Honourable Deputy Prime minister is seen visiting our stall, an officer addressing members of the crowed in the stall. Adolescents with the speaking books on their hands and taking their tie to hear what the book is saying to them carefully.

From Edutainments….

Compassionate showed some love to the public by providing innovative ideas as much as possible to keep the event alive and have everyone happy and participate from the younger ones up to adults.

Participant for the day..

The kept the crowed entertained and alert with their exciting talent display through song and dance. Young girls presenting above African dance geared up on Livadla (Swazi traditional skirt), some of the girls presented Ummiso which is another Swazi traditional dance geared up on Sidwashi and umgaco. Our mothers (Lutsango) came in numbers too and danced for the public in song, geared up with the whole Swazi women traditional attire. The royal Swaziland police band also shared with us the best sound from their music instrument.

More pictures from the Compassionate Stall…..

 

Our very own- Ntsetselelo Simelane reciting a Poem

 

Ntsetselelo is a 15 years old adolescent who presented a poem talking specifically to HIV. Saying time is up. Here is more he had to say

HIV You are an infection that anyone can get

You were born out of no where

You came out of nowhere

You are the evil secret weapon

You came and controlled out lives.

Who are you? Why are you here?

Why are you so painful to our lives?

Why do you bring destruction to our world?

 It was our world before but since you entered this world, our peaceful country Swaziland. You control it as if it belong to you.

You direct us to death through hell.

You are cruel

You destroy people’s lives

You have done and still do painful things.

You take parents away from their children and leave them homeless

You make people give up on their lives

You have made us to live in fear by creping around the corner with no footsteps to hear.

HIV your time is up!! Without shedding a tear, we say this is our lives

We are not going to give up but fight back and take what belongs to us which is our health and our lives. NGCI!! NGCI!! NGCI!!

Sikanye Kanye sitayicedza i-AIDS

Brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and grand parents

Asingacwayani, singahlekani kepha sibambisane sicedze i-AIDS

COMPASSIONATE SWAZILAND AT SIBEBE WALK 2017

Sibebe is a granite mountain in Swaziland, located 10km from the capital city Mbabane. It is the second-largest monolith in the world and the largest exposed pluton, rising 350m above the valley of the Mbuluzi River. It is also known as “Bald Rock”. The Mbabane-Mbuluzi Rotary Club organizes an annual fund-raising walk up Sibebe Rock called the Sibebe Survivor. Several thousand people take part each year. The challenge of this walk is climbing up the hill and back again and yet it main purpose is to support charity work. To participant in this walk, every individual is expected to register at a fee prior to the date of the walk. With the funds raised in such an event is then used to support finance Rotary Foundation projects such as the distribution of wheelchairs and support for government hospitals.

As Compassionate Swaziland we took part as well in support of the mandate, giving back to the society and less privileged. From the field officers in the regions up the hierarchy to the Directors, we geared up as “team Compassionate Swaziland” and showed our compassion to the nation by playing a role in such an event

It was indeed a beautiful, successful and refreshing outreach. A great platform for networking with other companies and organization not forgetting the lesson behind the challenge of hiking which is “team building”.

Team Compassionate on the move

      

The team looking awesome, beautiful and geared up for the walk, they were headed towards the vehicles transporting them to the start point of the walk “Mbuluzi”.

When the going got tough!!!

         

                                                         Gents                                            ladies

AND we survived!!!!

 

USAID Visit

Compassionate Swaziland as an organization funded by USAID and PEPFAR through PACT Swaziland in implementing the PROJECT “Umliba Loya Embili” was at Mpolonjeni Inkhundla in the Lubombo region. Present was Dr Weather from the USAID office all the way from Washington, Silke from the US Embassy, Country Director Pact (Nicole Miller), Director Compassionate Swaziland(Siphiwe Mabuyakhulu), officers from PACT and Compassionate Swaziland.

During the visit they observed sessions under 2 of Compassionates Pillars; Economic Strengthening and HIV Prevention under “WORTH” groups and adolescent girls club under HIV Prevention. It was a blissful day, we observed young woman saving sessions, participated in energizers and HIV Preventions lessons. We also saw adolescent girl’s session whereby they were taught on menstrual cycle and pregnancy by Thembelihle (youth facilitator)