Arriving at the Bishop’s house in Manzini (Swaziland) I found lots of seedlings. I did not know what and who they were for. Too many for our garden…! I then came to know they are the first of three more consignments part of a project run by Caritas: The Swaziland integrated Livelihoods Project (SILP)
The SILP is a comprehensive approach for improving food security amongst the most Vulnerable Swazi populations in the Lubombo and the lower Shiselweni regions.
World Refugee Day is celebrated on June 20 every year. The Malindza Camp does it on the nearest Saturday. This year was no exception and with the present of national (the minister of Home Affairs, Her Royal Highness Princess Tsandzile), members of Parliament, local authorities (Chief Ndlondlo) and representatives of UNICEF and UNHCR we all gathered at midday at Malindza.
The program lasted a couple of hours and the refugees gave us a taste not only of their music and dances but also of their local food (at the end).
st week we welcomed Chiara Giovetti who came from Rome to visit our Diocese. Chiara works at the project office of the Consolata Missionaries
and was instrumental in helping our diocese receive support for a couple of projects.
One of them allows us to provide food to about 750 children (100 of which are under 18 months’ old) in three parishes: Good Shepherd (Siteki), St Peregrine’s (Bulandzeni) and Holy Rosary (Mankanyane).
We were able to visit two of these centres during her stay in the country. It was also a good opportunity for me to be there.