This trip to Swaziland was with my mom, she has been before with my dad a couple of years ago.
A couple of my mom's friends live and work over there so we were fortunate to be able to stay with
them and see the work that they do....all part of the Lighthouse Project.
Their aim is to set up care centres for children, pre-schools, feeding stations, churchs,
clinics and life skills centres for the communities in Swaziland and train up
people in the community to run these centres. It was fantastic to see the work that is happening there....
a lot of people in Swazi, the majority, do struggle.
It has the highest rate of HIV in the world and medication (including contraception)
and healthcare isn't free (except for ARVs which are used for HIV).
Schooling isn't free either and a lot of areas don't have a pre-school.
The unemployment rate is high so money is very tight or non-exsistant for many.
I was surprised to see that the supermarkets are the same price as here if not more expensive!
But there are some positives, the work that the Lighthouse Project is doing is really
helping a lot of people both in the communities as well as in the centres they have
set up thanks the fantastic people involved and the donations from others.
Here's some more of my pictures....click on the pics to see larger versions
(I will be posting photos of the mural I painted while I was there tomorrow)
1.We were delayed for 24 hours in Paris on the way over....
so we deserved treats and here's a very good looking hot chocolate!
2. Beautiful wild flowers
3. I got dragged up to dance like a Swazi at the cultural village! cringey
4. Me and my mom trying Pap for the first time thanks to the welcoming staff at Noahs Ark Pre-school
and feeding station! the kitchen is in the background
Our tastebuds liked it but our bodies didn't!!
5. Getting fit to a Davina dvd with some of the ladies from Hawane Farm!
Hawane Farm is where we mainly stayed, we stayed in the hospice.
6. An amazing breakfast at Nisela after a 5am start on our way to a clinic in Lavumisa!
Chips for breakfast are the way forward!
7.My mom being pharmacist for the day at a clinic in Lavumisa....
I had the job of weighing people.
8.The clinic at Lavumisa in the new church.
9.Parachute fun at the brilliant Noahs Ark school and feeding station.
10.Putting on a show at Noahs Ark before lunch.
11.Getting crafty with the girls at Elustwini.
12.The strong girls of Elustwini Refuge centre.
13.Facepainting....a mini man!
15.A huge joy to see zebras up close on our mini safari at Mlilwane.
16.Hawane Farm dogs Roxy and Maxine.
17.Birthday cakes, a double celebration on the farm.
18. Bandele the little poser!
19. Setsibele ready for a little trek at Hawane resort.
and last but not least....20.the Hawane Farm fire alarm!