Swazi charity wins international award
A Swazi charity has won an international award for local organisations working to improve the lives of vulnerable children.
Compassionate Swaziland, which works in the Lubombo and Shiselweni regions of Swaziland, is one of five Global Rising Stars – jointly awarded by The Global Fund for Children and Stars Foundation.
About the award
The Global Rising Stars Awards (GRS) is committed to helping small, effective grassroots organisations become stronger, more sustainable and more able to deliver vital services on the ground.
“We believe the best way to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children is through grassroots organisations,” said Global Fund for Children CEO Susan Goodell. “They work on the local level, reaching children who would otherwise fall through the cracks—orphans, trafficked children, child labourers—and providing them with the care and support they need.”
The prize package includes US$20,000 in flexible funding and an additional US$10,000 in tailored consultancy and capacity building support.
“Flexible funding is crucial in developing and empowering these high-potential grassroots organisations. It allows them to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and invest their funds where they most need in order to sustain or scale their work at a critical time in their growth trajectory” said Muna Wehbe, CEO of Stars Foundation.
About Stars Foundation
Stars Foundation recognises and rewards outstanding local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to improve the wellbeing and life chances of children in the countries with the highest rates of under-five mortality.
About The Global Fund for Children
The Global Fund for Children finds and invests in innovative grassroots organizations serving the world’s most vulnerable children—including street children, trafficked children, refugees, and AIDS orphans—in more than 55 countries. GFC supports these organizations with financial resources, management training, capacity-building expertise, and technical assistance to help them achieve their vision, become sustainable, and reach even more children in need. To date, GFC has awarded over $34 million in grants to more than 600 grassroots organizations in 78 countries, serving more than 9 million children.
About Compassionate Swaziland
Compassionate Swaziland works with schools and community groups to provide comprehensive care and support to HIV/AIDS-affected children and young people.
This includes providing sexual and reproductive health rights education and preventing gender-based violence, regarded as a regular cause of new HIV infections and a barrier to accessing services and support.
In Swaziland, one in four adults are living with HIV. The country has the highest HIV prevalence in the world at 27 percent. 
Children from the age of 8 from poor households experience challenges in accessing basic needs while adolescents of 13-17 lack youth friendly services from the healthcare system in Swaziland as they are not applicable for paediatric or adult systems of care, since the services in place to detect, treat and prevent HIV/AIDS infection do not exist for those outside these age parameters.
Compassionate Swaziland’s services include psychosocial support, youth empowerment activities, enterprise and livelihood programs, and access to medical care.
Director Siphiwe Mabuyakhulu said: “This grant will help us continue to make the lives of the children we serve better. Our organization is very proud of this award and the support from Stars and GFC, this will contribute to make our organization stronger, better and be able to assist more children.”
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