Eight-year-old Paul lives with his grandmother. She cares for Paul together with his three siblings as best she can. But the burden of caring for all of these children was heavy for Paul’s grandmother. When Paul first went to the Care Point, the only clothes he owned were ripped and torn and a few sizes too small for him; he had found these clothes in the local rubbish dump. Not having better clothes, and very aware of how he looked, he was embarrassed to go to the Care Point and interact with the other children and was too shy to play with them. So in response, the Care Workers provided him with new clothes and a school uniform. Paul’s story has become representative of the hope brought by Shoka Community Based Organisation (CBO).
Throughout 2018, the youth from the community of Shoka in Swaziland started to become much more involved in caring for the younger children at the Care Point. As the year continued, they started to pray before and help serve their daily meal, lead games and help with the attendance list. This has helped to empower the youth leaders as they now have more responsibility and feel like the Care Point belongs to them.
The Shoka Care Point where 50 of the most vulnerable children across Shoka receive a daily hot and nutritious meal, access to education and access to basic health care.
The Care Point has a water tank that is used to store water.