NGO’S GARDEN PROJECT HELPS 1 000 LOCALS
SWAZI’S Angels is working tirelessly to address the problem of food insecurity in the country through their garden of promise project which has assisted over 1 000 people in the past year.
Swazi Angels is a non-profit making organisation established in 2013 by United States of America (USA) businesswoman Kristina de la Flor and one local Masotja Makhubu. Kristina is based in the USA but frequently comes to Swaziland for projects. It has a local director in Babazile Mamba, the entity is fully registered.
Swazi Angels Chief Executive Officer Kristina de la Flor said their mission was to help government in its quest to make the Swazi people self sustainable.
They envisaged helping locals to have enough food so as to feed themselves and further generate income with the excess.
“Our mission is to establish family maintained gardens and to supplement the nutritional needs of starving families in the country. We also aim to provide food security for a sustainable future for the young ones especially the rural underprivileged. Swazi’s Angels is currently working in three regions and we also want to spread our wings to Lubombo, which has not been in our list of areas,” she said.
She said they aimed at actively addressing food insecurity for vulnerable groups, especially children and the elderly.
She said their slogan was creating nutrition and a future with food security for families.
“Through the garden programme, we have witnessed its impact thus appeal for continued support. With my husband’s help and that of a few donors, we were able to fund and implement our project. Due to growing demand for the service we now need financial assistance thus request individuals and the business community to help us fulfill our mission as an organisation,” she said. She said companies and individuals could make contributions to this good course adding they needed transport mostly as they often travel to rural areas.
“Amongst other things, transport has proven to be quite a struggle. If companies or even government can help us in that area we will be very grateful. Currently, we use public transport and sometimes have to hire cars from the car rental companies,” she said.
She said those willing to assist them could visit their website at
www.swazisangels.org to get more information on how best they could assist.
“Daily we start a garden for someone and have succeeded in building nearly ten garden projects in less than one year, this is amazing for a small organisation in its infancy. Help us build ten more in 2016 to help more families by providing nutrition to build stronger children and adults,” she said.
She said volunteers based in Swaziland work tirelessly to evaluate new families that need help. The CEO said the garden programme provided families with all the materials, education and supervision needed to grow a sustainable vegetable and fruit garden that could provide nutrition for families for years to come.
She said they also focused more on child headed households and those led by the elderly.
HELPING HAND: Swazi's Angels staff and vollunteers on arrival to present food to one of the destitute families at Mantabeni.
DONATION: Swazi's Angels CEO Kristina de la Flor and Director Babazile Mamba with Mbali Nkambule during a presentation of groceries at one of the child headed families at Magele.
GOODIES: The CEO Kristina joined by the crew Babazile, Celiwe Dlamini and Mbali as they distributed goodies to children at Lamgabhi area in Bhunya.
ANGELS AT WORK: The Swazi's Angels crew during the visit to one of the gardens outside Hlatikulu, which is one of the many gardens they started around the country.