NGO’S GAR­DEN PRO­JECT HELPS 1 000 LO­CALS

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Si­mon Sha­bangu

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.

Se­cu­rity

“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.

Projects

“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.

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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.

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