Cabrini Ministries Swaziland is a Catholic faith-based and community-based not-for-profit organization (Section 21: R7/26820) working in the Lubombo lowveld of Swaziland to show God’s love in action through service. Cabrini Ministries is based at St. Philip’s Mission and operates for the good of the larger community including the chiefdoms of Ngcamphalala, Mamba, and Gamedze with some activities in Shongwe, Mkweli and Nceka.
The Kingdom of Swaziland in Southern Africa is geographically small, but culturally rich. While Swazi culture is considered relatively homogenous by African standards, it boasts myriad challenges as well as strengths. Nearly one third of adults are HIV positive (the highest prevalence rate in the world) and more Swazis contract tuberculosis in a year than anywhere else in the world. Nearly two thirds of the country lives on less than $2/day andunemployment currently stands at over 60%. These struggles have led to a nation overwhelmed by orphans and vulnerable children—48% of Swazi children officially fall into this category.
Cabrini’s work is fundamentally about responding to local need which includes addressing issues of health, nutrition, education, and protection, as well as ensuring mental and spiritual well-being. Delivery of services is primarily achieved through three integrated departments: Health Care, Child Care, and Family Services. In performing its work, Cabrini emphasizes three key methodologies: Responses are Community and Family Centric, Interventions are Assessment Based, and Service Delivery is Comprehensive and Integrated. These approaches are synergistic and result in an efficient and effective package of services for our clients.
If you would like to learn more about the organization, we encourage you to read Love and Death in the Kingdom of Swaziland, a book about the work of Cabrini Ministries. We also recommend the following video.