At the end of the year, the Foundation together with Miss Swaziland Tourism organised parties and handled out Christmas gifts for orphans and vulnerable children.
With the generous contribution of Buy n Save Spar, we managed to hold three parties for over 700 children.
The first party was held for the Hohho Region at Mlilwane for Mbabane’s Mahala Carepoint orphans. This party was attended by 58 children, the Deputy Mayor of Mbabane, Mr Souza and senior members of AMICAL Mbabane. Miss Tourism as well as HRH Princess Sikhanyiso played various games with the children, while the Proudly Ngwane Youth Group prepared food and drinks. This group is a group of volunteers who offered to be of assistance whenever the Foundation is in need of practical help. Also present was a Father Christmas who entertained the children as well as made presentations of small gifts to each one of them.
The second Christmas party was held at for the Manzini Region Dvokodveni Inkundla. Here over 320 Children were present, the Proudly Ngwane Youth Group once again helped in the preparation of food. This time they were assisted by a group of local women who prepared meat, salad and pap. Present at this event were the Chief of the area, senior members of the community, as well as former MP Mtiti Fakudze. The children were entertained by Miss Tourism, Sihle Shabalala as well as a jumping castle which proved a hit especially with the boys. Father Christmas was once again in attendance and made presentations of small gifts to the children. As with the previous event, this one was made possible thanks to Buy n Save Spar.
The third party was to be held in the Shiselweni region at Ngwene Chiefdom. However, due to unforeseen events, it had to be cancelled. Hopefully, we will hold it next year.
The last party was held in the Lebombo Region at Magwanyane chiefdom. This event was graced by close to four hundred children, senior members of the community as well as ordinary folk. Even though the event had previously been cancelled and started late it went down very well with the community, due to the unexpected large turnout of children, the food rations were somewhat smaller than at both the previous events but all children received their share. Entertainment was provided by the local Imbali who performed their dance routines as well as a special skit they had prepared for the occasion under the guidance of the eldest daughter of the local chief. The Proudly Ngwane Youth Group once again volunteered to help with the cooking, which this time proved a very taxing occasion, but they were well assisted by a group of local Imbali.
Father Christmas once again distributed gifts and a jumping castle was in constant use.
For 2014, it is planned that the collection of gifts will be started three month prior to Christmas.