Swaziland

Swaziland- Saughall Rotary - District 1180 - Rotary International of Great Britain & Ireland - Rotary International

Swaziland

Working together for a better future

Recruiting and retaining teaching staff is an ongoing problem for schools in Mbita, as the state of the road makes the area almost inaccessible.  The few teachers who do stay show a real strength of character, and sense of concern and commitment to the local children. Their commitment is all the more remarkable when you realise the limited educational resources available to them.

The Rotary Club of Saughall raised £5,000 for the road project, and £5,000 was received from the Charity Swazaid (raised by the pupils at Abbey Gate College) towards the educational resources project. Our District Foundation matched this combined funding and applied for a Rotary International Global Grant to fund a project to the tune of $75,616 (approx £46,000).

Swaziland- Saughall Rotary - District 1180 - Rotary International of Great Britain & Ireland - Rotary International

In July 2014 our Rotary International Global Grant application was approved.

It was now our host partner in Swaziland, the Rotary Club of Mbabane Mbuluzi, who took up the challenge to successfully implement the two projects alongside community members and the Ministry of Works. Their combined efforts meant that the outcomes far excided expectations!
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The Rotary Club of Saughall raised £5,000 for the road project, and £5,000 was received from the Charity Swazaid (raised by the pupils at Abbey Gate College) towards the educational resources project. Our District Foundation matched this combined funding and applied for a Rotary International Global Grant to fund a project to the tune of $75,616 (approx £46,000).

By October 2014....

  • The huge ditch had been filled in and stabilised;
  • The installation of pipes to divert the rainwater was well underway;
  • The culverts for the bridge where delivered to the community.
  • 20K of road had been repaired… the process had been swift and effective!
  • Six Teachers had been trained in library management;
  • A library was set up in three schools;
  • The first educational trip was undertaken.
Swaziland- Saughall Rotary - District 1180 - Rotary International of Great Britain & Ireland - Rotary International

Did our efforts make a difference?

“Progress is just great! We are so so happy! This road is already making a huge difference and it is not yet finished. I can now drive to school where as before I drove part way and then walked for two and a half hours after leaving the car… The road is making a difference to my staff as number have already indicated that they are now deciding to stay. This community is no longer isolated. ” ~ Ernest Mabaso (Head Teacher – Mlinzini High School)

“I am so happy with developments. We are very able to grow fruit and vegetables as we have good rains here. With the new road I am already getting ready to plant more so that I can take to town to sell… this will make a huge difference to many families. ”

~ Albert Vilakati

“We are so very happy about the road. It is like we are in heaven. We are both old and sick. My wife is unable to walk so is stuck in the homestead. It is so stressful not being able to see a doctor. When my wife has medication she feels a little better… we will now be able to get medicine. I never thought this would happen. ”

~ Samuel Ngwenya

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