Swaziland: Mahlalini

Mahlalini's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2017

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • More boys and girls have better access to their rights. Altogether, 540 traditional leaders, pastors and parents learned about the importance of birth registration. As a result, 130 children received birth certificates and are now enjoying government services such as education and healthcare.
  • 3,468 girls and boys attended children's rallies where they took part in Bible competitions and had fun singing and playing sports.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • More babies are born with better health. In total, 220 adults learned about the importance of prenatal care, ensuring infants do not contract HIV and AIDS from their mothers. As a result, 34 babies were born infection free.
  • Two new borehole wells ,one at a clinic and one at a local primary school, were drilled in the community.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Children have improved reading skills. Since 80 teachers learned new methods of teaching literacy, 9,086 students improved their reading fluency and comprehension.
  • 779 parents learned to support their children in building literacy skills and helped more than 5,450 students develop good reading habits.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Young people are growing in their faith. In total, 24 Sunday school teachers received training and formed Bible clubs, teaching 1,266 children about God's love.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Mahlalini, Swaziland

Swaziland’s education is thriving, thanks to the government prioritizing free primary education and providing breakfast for schoolchildren. Kids stay in school because they’re fed and aren’t hindered by education costs. But the widespread African drought is severely affecting the people of Swaziland. So, we’re bringing emergency relief of food provisions to the neediest households. One in four people in Swaziland are unemployed, and youth are especially affected. The drought conditions diminish agricultural production, since the heat makes spending time in the fields difficult. Farmers worry about investing in crops that will just fail at the next harvest because of the lack of water. In pursuit of water, vulnerable children must walk even farther than usual. With your support, we’re helping rural families use good agricultural practices, learning how to care for the land while farming it to maximum effectiveness. The mortality rate among mothers and infants is decreasing, as more and more women have their babies in health centers where they can receive vital initial care. Improving sanitation facilities and hygiene training at the household level also keeps children protected from preventable illnesses and disease. We’re continuing to make safe and sustainable drinking water accessible to thousands of families, so entire communities can flourish.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 11 years.
Mahlalini, Swaziland is in Phase 3

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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