If you are considering making a donation, here is some information that may be helpful:
If you ever want to make a financial contribution (which is the more flexible and easy option for both us and you), that can be done through Cabrini Mission Foundation, 222 E 19th Street, Suite 5F, New York, NY 10003. You can also click on the link below to donate on the Cabrini Mission Foundation website: http://www.cabrinifoundation.org/Donate/index.html
The contributions go through the Cabrini Mission Foundation so you can receive a tax claim. All you need to do is mark that the contribution is for Swaziland’s non-restricted funds. Monthly contributions are what keep us floating.
Our sponsorship fees only cover about 75% of the cost of keeping the children in a way that is dignified and as any responsible parent would do. You can imagine all the things we need for daily living and how fast we go through some things, because kids are kids, and in addition, both staff and children are on a learning curve about the care of their goods. If you’ve never had any things, you don’t know how to take care of them.
Some of the things we always need are: underwear, black ankle socks, white blouses, blankets, pillows, towels, sweatshirts and sweatpants.
Multivitamins are also always needed. Each child gets one everyday, and we give them to our 600 HIV+ patients.
Also good to send: flip flops/thongs/sturdy rubber-soled shoes for the children to play in; sneakers, black loafers, or laced-up oxfords; and bras for our older girls.
Our children are ages 4-18, so we need some adult sizes. Also, we need a range of sizes for black ankle socks and shoes from very small to very large, since some of our older children need very large socks and shoes. (Swazis tend to have big feet!)
Other items: The older children like most anything; our kids are simple. I love the idea of educational games that are small. Recently I was thinking that it would be great if our kids could have cheap watches—I don’t know what Timexes cost any more but they used to be only about $10….
Packages can be sent to:
PO Box 5183
Swaziland, Southern Africa
Packages take anywhere from 2-4 months to arrive and are costly to send, so the money donation is the most effective and flexible for us to use although we are grateful for whatever support we receive. In a package, if you enclose your e-mail address I will be sure to contact you to let you know that the package has arrived. Also, it is ESSENTIAL that packages be marked “DONATION FOR OVC’s” (orphaned and vulnerable children) because otherwise they will have to pay a high import tax upon receipt.
Thank you for your support and help. The only way we can continue our work here is with the help of people like you.
If there is any more information or anything you would like to know, please don’t hesitate to write me. May many blessings follow you!
Love, Sr. Barbara Staley, MSC