Tema* and her siblings were left in the care of their mother when their father left. When she isn’t in school, Tema finds jobs in the community. Care Workers encourage Tema to spend time at the Care Point to interact with other children.
When he was just a young boy, both of Mthobisi’s* parents died, and he was taken, along with his three brothers, to live with his grandparents in the community of Msengeni. Life was very difficult for them as neither of his grandparents had a way to make money. They were struggling to provide enough food for the family and send all the boys to school. Although primary school fees are covered by the government in Swaziland, children must have a proper school uniform and school shoes. Unfortunately, these simple items were far out of reach for this family to afford and Mthobisi and his brothers missed out on schooling for an extended period of time.
The Msengeni B Care Workers saw the desperation in Mthobisi; not having enough food to keep him from being consistently hungry, and the vulnerability he faced by missing out on his education. They knew they had to do something to help. They welcomed Mthobisi to the daily Care Point in the community with loving arms, where he immediately began receiving a hot meal every day. In addition, they were able to provide Mthobisi with a school uniform and shoes to continue his education. One particular Care Worker, Sthembile, fought hard for this family and wanted to help even further. Through her hard work, she was able to provide the family with seeds and fertilizer for their crop, and assisted them in ploughing their small piece of land. This was a huge encouragement for Mthobisi’s grandparents and they are looking forward to having a good harvest, thanks to the good rains, to provide their family with food to eat.
At school, Mthobisi is now in grade 7 and enjoys English, mathematics and social studies. He also loves to play soccer with his friends at the Care Point. It has become a safe place for him here; to play and make new friends. Sthembile continues to be a strong support for Mthobisi and his family, regularly visiting them in their home and sharing about the love of Jesus. Her encouragement and love has made a huge difference in Mthobisi’s life, bringing him closer to Jesus every day.
Mthobisi is one of the 50 chidlren from Msengeni B Community in Swaziland who began attending the Care Point in 2017.
There has been lots of growth in #Swaziland over the last few months. A second Care Point in Msengeni Community - known as Msengeni B - started at the beginning of October. This allows the children from the further side of the community to have a Care Point in their own area, limiting the long distances that they have to walk. There are six #CareWorkers serving the children. They have shown great initiative and passion in serving the most vulnerable in their community.