World Vision Swaziland has pledged to continue mobilising resources towards improving disaster risk reduction abilities amongst the vulnerable children, elderly and disabled people in the Lowveld of Swaziland.
This was revealed during the launch of a programme by Esicojeni Foundation which has its patron being His Majesty King Mswati III partnering with World Vision in the fight against hunger in the country.
Esicojeni Foundation committed E500 000 to this partnership. World Vision Swaziland also committed E1 million which is in line with this year’s theme ‘To Alleviate Hunger Amongst the Most Needy Children.’
Esicojeni Foundation Chairman Ambrose Dlamini said this would go towards the supply of food commodities for the most vulnerable children in Lubulini and Sithobela constituencies.
“This is a project aimed at helping the Government of Swaziland as it strives to alleviate hunger in the most affected areas of the country.
“This initiative tries to address the current situation of alleviating hunger especially in the Lubombo and Shiselweni regions,” Dlamini said.
Sandile Simelane of Esicojeni Foundation said the time has come whereby heavy reliance on government to work single-handedly in handling the situation was an issue that should be addressed as the current hunger has called for this to be a concern for every citizen in the country.
The partnership between Esicojeni Foundation and World Vision Swaziland will be used to support 240 families with vulnerable children in Lubulini and Sithobela.
“It is estimated that collectively, these families have a population of 1 200 people of which each will benefit an equivalent of 12kg maize meal, 3.6kg beans and 0.91 vegetable oil,” Dlamini said.
He said this food ration would be received once a month for a period of six months beginning this month.
As Esicojeni Foundation, they saw it necessary to come to the fore in alleviating poverty in the country as part of their mandate as the foundation.
“Esicojeni Foundation’s mandate is to alleviate hunger among the young and vulnerable children in Swaziland,” he said.
World Vision Swaziland Managing Director Solomon Tesfamariam commended His Majesty’s government for recognising the seriousness of the matter by committing E35 million towards the response.
“We would also like to commend the deputy prime minister’s office for working tirelessly in keeping the Swazi child on the development agenda,” Tesfamariam said. Meanwhile Simelane said it was times like these whereby Swazis have to unite and fight hunger in the country as the situation was beyond being the burden of the government of the kingdom.
He said that with no rains promising to come by any time soon, the situation was still to intensify thus leading to the increase on the number of individuals depended on the government for interventions to address the situation.
The Esicojeni Foundation chairman then urged all Swazis, including business people, to also lend a hand towards alleviating the plight faced by the nation.