Catholic Church brings hope to Swazi Children

Some of the students that applied for the scholarship.

By William Kelly

There is a saying that goes, ‘Education is the key to unlocking doors for a brighter future’. This is true for hundreds of Swazi students from all four regions of the country that assemble at the Catholic Centre (Caritas offices) every second week of January to apply for funds to pay for their education. In truth, some even started visiting our offices as early as December 2017 to record their requests; ‘We wish to see the Bishop in order to register our request for school bursaries as we do not have any income to pay for ourselves; they would say (some with tears in their eyes). Read more

Water harvesting project

By Machawe Ngcamphalala

The project is very helpful to the people of Swaziland especially as the world is faced with serious droughts and floods brought by climate change.

Caritas implemented the project in the Lubombo region in Lubulini a community under the St. Philips Parish.

The Lubombo region is the most affected by drought in the country and it is the same region that has the highest prevalence of HIV and AIDS, and T.B. cases. This community has a greater number of most vulnerable people and child-headed families or orphans who stay with their grannies. Read more

Health and education

By Machawe Ngcamphalala


The Diocese of Taichung, every year sends a team of 32 people which consist of Catholic medical students and qualified Doctors. They conduct free clinics at different communities where Caritas is operating and also donate clothing to those in need. Last year (2015), the team gave free medical services to more than 600 people in Sitsatsaweni NCP, community members at Ndzingeni Nazarene Schools as well as community members in surrounding areas.

The children and few community members were given treatments for different diseases such as skin diseases, HIV testing, ear and eye problems, stomach-ache and headache. Elderly people were treated for back pains, blood pressure, ear and eye problems as well as knee problems.

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