Swaziland: Mpolonjeni

Mpolonjeni'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.

  • Girls and boys are safer from child abuse. After 2,855 children were empowered about child rights, community members also learned about ways to report child abuse, and as a result, cases of child abuse are decreasing.
  • Twenty seven youth who are local council members were trained to resolve child protection issues.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Boys and girls are better protected from waterborne disease. New wells provided clean water for 3,911 students, which resulted in no children dying from waterborne illnesses.
  • Children have better access to healthcare. Through 15 savings groups for children, 250 children now have funds to pay for their health needs.

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.

  • More children are reading. After 22 teachers and 11 principals were trained, 3,867 boys and girls improved their language and reading skills.
  • Students have better learning facilities. In 3 schools, new latrines and hand-washing stations were built to protect 3,900 students from disease.

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.

  • Children better understand their value in the community. Birth certificates for 126 children will enable them to access basic services.
  • More girls and boys are growing in their faith. Through 26 Bible clubs, 859 children experienced the love of God and know their value.

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 Mpolonjeni, 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 4 years.
Mpolonjeni, Swaziland is in Phase 2

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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