By Sr Elsa Joseph MSMHC
A subsidiary of Caritas Swaziland, Hope House is a Hospice and Palliative Care Centre situated in Manzini- the Hub of Swaziland. It opened its doors in 2001 at the height of the HIV and AIDS pandemic that ravaged Swaziland and threatened livelihoods of many other countries in Sub-Sahara Africa.
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems. Hope House is the only sanctuary in the kingdom that admits and provides accommodation to terminally ill and chronically ill patients. Read more
Bishop Jose Luis visiting the project with Mr Ngcamphalala
By M. Ngcamphalala
Caritas Swaziland programme amongst other interventions, deals mainly with impact mitigation for those households that have lost their economically active heads. Since its inception, its mandate is to respond to the ever increasing number of orphaned and vulnerable children in Swaziland. It has assisted orphans and their families, predominantly in rural areas to live happy, normal and productive lives as part of the mitigation strategies against the impact of HIV and AIDS. This program implements interventions mostly in rural areas. Read more
By Musa Peter Dlamini
Residents from Luve in Mbhejwane community were left in shock when in-laws attacked an eighty three (83) year old man of the area. Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) members from the community rescued Mkhulu Ndlovu* on the 5th of January 2017 when a Mamba* family forcefully tried to grab the property he resides in. CCJP is a Catholic organization which promotes fundamental human rights for ALL. Luve is located in the eastern north part of Swaziland in the Manzini Region, and about 45 Km away from the City of Manzini. Read more
The Kingdom of Swaziland as a state party to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, hosts about 728 refugees and 385 asylum seekers. Some of the refugees have been in the country for more than a decade. Some have successfully integrated into local society yet some have difficulty in doing likewise.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to provide international protection to refugees, which includes seeking to find permanent or durable solutions to refugee problems. The UNHCR partners with the Swaziland Government and Caritas Swaziland to carry out this mandate to refugees in the country. One of the durable solutions is resettlement. Read more
By William Kelly
Caritas Swaziland has continued to be a recipient of the generosity of the Taiwanese people through the Goodwill Ambassadors of Catholic Diocese of Taichung.
As recent as January 2017, Caritas received a large consignment of shoes and clothes to benefit approximately 17 000 of the most vulnerable people in the Kingdom particularly orphans, children and households with no visible source of income.