I will never forget you (Isiah 49:15)

by Bishop Jose Luis


It has become a tradition. I never asked when it started. I inherited from my predecessor Bishop Louis Ncamiso Ndlovu OSM when I became apostolic administrator of Manzini in 2012. Every year in January, teenagers or their relatives come to the Catholic bishop for some help to pay their High School fees.

Initially, as I shared in the past, I would do this alone. My secretary would let me know how much we had been able to collect during the previous year and I would just help on a first come first served basis.

The system changed over the years. At a certain point I asked for the help of Caritas Swaziland. Those asking to be helped are then first interviewed by the Caritas team who checked their documents and family situation. After some days, they stop the interviews and prepare a report indicating those we should consider first.

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