Eswatini: 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: 2018

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.

  • Youth live in villages that better respect their rights. Children are growing up in safer communities after 100 parents learned positive discipline techniques.
  • More children understand their rights. Some 878 children learned about their rights and how to identify and report cases of child abuse.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Babies have a stronger start in life. After 15 local health workers received training the number of babies who received anti-natal care increased by 6.3%. As a result of increased knowledge, 144 babies were exclusively breastfed for 6 months.

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.

  • Students are receiving a quality education. After 87 teachers were trained, 4,006 students from 16 schools improved their reading and comprehension skills.
  • More children enjoy reading and learning. Since 16 schools received books and reading materials, 1,680 children improved their literacy skills.

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.

  • More than 20 faith leaders went through Channels of Hope for Child Protection trainings to empower them to fight child abuse through things like home visits and reporting abuses.
  • Youth are learning about their faith. After 26 Bible club teachers were trained, more children are developing their spirituality.
  • Children are growing up in caring communities. In all, 435 children are learning in comfortable environments after 40 parents and teachers worked together to paint and clean their school.

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, Eswatini

Eswatini’s {formerly Swaziland) 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 Eswatini. So, we’re bringing emergency relief of food provisions to the neediest households. One in four people in Eswatini 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 12 years.
Mahlalini, Eswatini 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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