ELO gives back to the com­mu­nity af­ter suc­cess­ful an­nual event

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - Sto­ries by Won­der­boy Dlamini

THE Eco Lubombo Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ELO) and part­ners have since made a do­na­tion to var­i­ous com­mu­nity sup­port groups as part of its man­date, which is im­prov­ing the liveli­hood of peo­ple un­der the Lubombo re­gion.

The groups are; com­mu­nity po­lice, com­mu­nity health care givers and soup kitchens from dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties who were yes­ter­day handed work­ing ma­te­rial.

The do­na­tion was made by Lubombo Re­gional Ad­min­is­tra­tor Sylvia Mthethwa, who is also the Chair­per­son of ELO. The do­na­tion was made pos­si­ble by or­gan­i­sa­tions such as World Vi­sion, Premier Bak­ery and stake­hold­ers of ELO.

ELO is made of part­ners such as the min­istry of tourism and en­vi­ron­ment af­fairs, tra­di­tional lead­ers, MPs, Swazi­land Na­tional Trust Com­mis­sion (SNTC) and the gen­eral pub­lic.

When pre­sent­ing the do­na­tion, Mthethwa first thanked mem­bers of the pub­lic for par­tak­ing in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual event, which is the Ma­gadza­vane-Mlawula Chal­lenge Walk. The RA high­lighted that the or­gan­i­sa­tion used pro­ceeds from the walk to do­nate to the dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions. She said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was com­mit­ted to its pri­mary goal, which is us­ing all pro­ceeds of the an­nual event to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion while en­sur­ing it be­comes a cen­tre of tourism in the near fu­ture.

Mthethwa noted that for any area to at­tain sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, se­cu­rity must first be at high lev­els. She said it was for this rea­son that the or­gan­i­sa­tion do­nated work­ing ma­te­rial to com­mu­nity po­lice to en­sure that crime was min­imised in the com­mu­ni­ties.

The RA fur­ther com­mended the con­tri­bu­tion made by health care givers in the com­mu­ni­ties, not­ing that peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ties now had a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of health is­sues through such groups.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion, there­fore, found it proper to en­cour­age com­mu­nity health givers, who are mainly women, by giv­ing them work­ing ma­te­rial. In the mean­time, two soup kitchens un­der Moyeni and Makhewu were also pre­sented with food parcels. Mthethwa said this was to en­sure that needy chil­dren who de­pend on the soup kitchens have some­thing to eat. Mthethwa then urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to par­take in next year’s chal­lenge walk.

She high­lighted that by join­ing the event, one would be con­tribut­ing to the liveli­hood of needy peo­ple and the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion.

(Pics Won­der­boy Dlamini)

GIV­ING BACK: Siteki com­mu­nity po­lice leader Kaizer Mathonsi re­ceives work­ing ma­te­rial from Chief Maliwa Maziya while Lubombo RA Sylvia Mthethwa and Nd­abaz­a­bantu Khu­malo look on.

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