In one of the poorest countries in Africa, Swaziland, food and specific healthcare is provided structurally for many hundreds of orphans who have been abandoned there. The project aims to make them less vulnerable socially speaking.
Luvatsi is an organisation of young Swazi professionals and university students working for the most disadvantaged children in their country. Luvatsi means spark: they want to give orphans a ray of hope and permanently improve their living conditions.
Swaziland is an old kingdom where the local culture and traditions are still very much alive. Political and military intervention by the South African apartheid regime in 1986 led to the country falling into the hands of a self-serving regime that violates elementary social and democratic rights. Education and healthcare are neglected and the regime spends the few resources and European support mainly on prestigious projects.
In rural areas, where the majority of the population lives, there is enormous poverty. The thousands of orphans of parents who died from AIDS are in the worst situation.
Luvatsi wants to improve their living conditions and their opportunities in a way that fits in their culture. This is achieved by planting orchards around primary schools, so that the orphans are encouraged to come to school where they will be fed healthy food. The trees are fast-growing local varieties that start to bear fruit after just one year.
The project also wants to tackle the problem of girls who stop going to school once they start menstruating, especially poor girls without parents who cannot afford modern means. The idea is to teach the girls to make their own sanitary towels in various training sessions.
The Joseph Schepers – Germaine Lijnen Fund has granted Luvatsi financial support for an initial period of three years for both projects for the concrete improvement of the living conditions of orphans.
If you wish to offer additional support for this project, please transfer to this account:
King Badouin Foundation
J. Schepers-G. Lijnen
IBAN BE 10 0000 0000 0404
Structured code: ***015/0600/00233***