“Every year, the Methodist church in the small town where we live organises a charity event for the young people in their congregation. It is a good opportunity for these young people to aid a charity which involves gaining a deeper insight into the charity, doing a fundraiser and creating artwork that represents what they have learned about the charity. This year, the church chose to focus and raise support for Hands at Work in Africa. We started off the evening by going down to the river and each of the youth collected two containers of water to carry up to the church. Once we had finished collecting water, we shared with the youth about the water situation in Msengeni Community, Swaziland. We told them about the challenges that people faced in the communities in Africa and how that compares to their lives. Then they built shelters out of cardboard to sleep in on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, the youth had the opportunity to share with the church congregation about their experiences and what they had learned.”
David and Jane Newsome, International Office Volunteers, UK, reflect on an event that was held to raise funds and awareness for Hands at Work.
Often women are the only caregiver in the home. This requires them to provide for their families and still care for their children.
At the Msengeni Care Point, there is a playground for the children to use. Many times, children are put in positions requiring more maturity than would be expected for someone of such a young age. A Life Centre gives children the freedom to play, laugh and smile. It provides them with a safe place where they can be children.
100 of the most vulnerable children in Msengeni Community receive a daily hot and nutritious meal, access to education and access to basic health care.