Baby Home

HOPE FOR LIFE CHILDREN’S VILLAGE

The above picture is the first Hope For Life home in Mpaka, Swaziland.

AT POUR INTERNATIONAL, WE BELIEVE THAT CHILDREN ARE SWAZILAND’S GREATEST RESOURCE AND SWAZILAND’S FUTURE.  

In the last decade the number of Swazi children who find themselves vulnerable, left behind without parental care and thus exposed to violence, abuse, and exploitation, has most unfortunately seen a heightened increase.

The children of Swaziland have been dramatically impacted by the ravaging threat of HIV and AIDS, chronic poverty, and continuous food insecurity.  By their very nature of being children and unable to provide for themselves, they are among the most affected and vulnerable groups.  This vulnerability is demonstrated by the rising number of malnourished children, high infant and child mortality rates, the increasing proportion of children living outside their family homes, and the rise in the number of child-headed households.  Due to poverty, newborn babies are abandoned in hospitals, toilets & pit latrines, near the roads, and in the forests and sugar cane fields.  Mothers are dying during childbirth because of HIV.  This situation poses a serious threat to Swaziland’s future generations.

Managing the increasing needs of a high percentage of orphaned and vulnerable children would be difficult for any country and any government.  It will take a co-operated effort by charitable people and organizations working alongside the Swazi government and it’s alternative care model.

POUR INTERNATIONAL HAS A HEART, A VISION, AND A DEDICATION TO SWAZILAND’S PRECIOUS RESOURCE AND FUTURE-THE ABANDONED AND VULNERABLE BABIES AND CHILDREN.  

Pour and Hope For Life are working with the Lord to pour life into those who come to us for help. Our vision begins with a four-home children’s village that will provide love, family, safety, security, and faith-filled living for up to 32 babies and children.

 WHY REACH OUT?  CAN’T SWAZI FAMILIES HELP THEMSELVES?

“Household-based care is the dominant form of caring arrangement for orphaned children throughout Africa, and for most stakeholders it remains the most desired model of care for those children. The integration of orphans within their close relatives is given priority. With the rapid spread of  the HIV/AIDS epidemic, uncles and aunts, the traditional first choice as substitute caregivers, are less available often because they are themselves victims of AIDS.  Grandparents and older orphans are forced to take on this new caregiver role. Extended family and  communities are sometimes being stretched to the point to which orphans’ welfare may be threatened.  The emergence of the child-headed household has  sometimes been perceived as a sign that the extended family system has reached a saturation point.

The magnitude of the orphan crisis means that policymakers must consider all forms of acceptable caring responses by communities.”

Taken from Reaching Out to Africa’s Orphans: A Framework for Public Action by Kalanidhi Subbarao and Diane Coury; copyright 2004 The World Bank, Washington D.C.

Due to the strong culture of family, Swaziland does not run orphanages. They do have national guidelines for alternative care as well as standards for residential child care. Pour International operates within these guidelines in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare.

POUR LIFE

YOU CAN INVEST IN SWAZILAND’S GREATEST RESOURCE AND SWAZILAND’S FUTURE!  HELP US TO REBUILD FAMILY ONE CHILD AND ONE HOME AT A TIME.  BY INVESTING IN THE CHILDREN’S VILLAGE, COUNSELING CENTER, AND AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS YOU WILL OPEN UP A LIFE OF HOPE TO MANY DESERVING CHILDREN. 

 

These are the steps that Pour International has been working through in order to bring strong faith-filled family life to orphaned and vulnerable children.

AQUIRE LAND

  • Determine location for Children’s Village
  • Meetings with community Chief to request land
  • Purchase land via cash cow
  • Land Blessing Ceremony with elders & community

PREPARE LAND

  • Remove trees from site
  • Remove stumps
  • Clear & level land
  • Fence the perimeter

APPROVALS

  • Write formal Proposal for Children’s Village
  • Submit proposal to Swaziland Department of Social Welfare
  • Submit proposal to Swaziland Department of Public Works
  • Liaison with Local Chief, Police, Hospital, and Social Welfare
  • Inspection of land by Department of Public Works

BUILDING STRUCTURES

  • Water and Electric to Site
  • Guard Station
  • Inner Fencing and gates
  • Administration Office
  • First Children’s Home Build-Inside and Out
  • Village Circle Road

BUILDING FAMILY STAFF

  • Interview and adopt staff
  • Security Guard/Groundskeeping
  • Head Caregiver Supervisor, Social Worker
  • Administrative Assistant, Accountant
  • Caregivers
  • Staff Training and preparation
  • Policies & Procedures for staff and for Children

WE REJOICE THAT AFTER 5 YEARS, ALL OF THE ABOVE STEPS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED! WHAT A DELIGHT TO WELCOME THE FIRST TREASURE TO THE HOME IN SEPTEMBER 2016.