Christmas Camp 2015!

Greetings, Cabrini Family!

Before the New Year rings in, we’d like to share some pictures from Christmas Camp, 2015. It was an excellent camp this year, as we had many fun activities including staff vs. kids soccer and volleyball games, a Christmas Carnival, and a trip to Tambuti Estates, where we had a fun-filled day playing in their pool! Check out the photos below to get a peek inside our colossally awesome Christmas Camp!

Enjoy a safe and happy New Year!


A silly group photo at Tambuti Estates! We are so thankful Tambuti Estates allowed us to use their pool for a fantastic swim day!!!


The kids celebrate their victory against the staff in the Staff vs. Kids soccer game!


Some staff chilling poolside at Tambuti Estates.



Slip n’ Slide fun with Natalie!

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The North Star, the cow, the rooster, and the sheep from the Nativity Play!

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The cast of The Nativity Play


the big boys

The boys of summer…

The big girls

The girls of summer….


Wendy and Phicekile make ice cream cone Christmas Trees!


Wonder models the latest Christmas fashion.




A group shot of all the models for our Christmas Fashion Show!!!


The hostel girls win the staff vs. kids volleyball game!


Photobooth fun at our Christmas Carnival!


Priscilla braves the pool!


Team photo of our boys soccer team! Guess who won?


Nosipho and Tengetile smile for the camera before they perform the roles of the angel and the narrator in the Nativity Play .


Natalie enjoys the kiddie pool with the kiddies.


Donut eating contest at the Christmas Carnival!


Christmas at Cabrini!

Seasons Greetings!

We have been having a great time here in Swaziland celebrating Christmas with the lowveld community. On December 12th, members of the Teen Club, along with their caregivers and guardians, came together to enjoy their annual Christmas party. For those who don’t know, Teen Club Swaziland is part of an international family of support groups, spearheaded by Baylor International Pediatric Aids Initiative.  The clubs are made up of young members of the community who are living with HIV. Rising to the challenge of addressing the psychosocial and medical needs of HIV positive adolescents, the club meets once a month to offer support, to learn valuable lessons given by qualified medical professionals, and to nurture a sense of camaraderie amongst their members. It is also a great way to make sure the teens and their guardians are receiving all the help and guidance they need from Cabrini Ministries. To learn more about this exciting international program, visit BPAI’s website!

We also want to send out a big thank you to RUCHI Wholesalers for donating mielie meal, beans, and sugar for the families to take home and enjoy. Thank you, RUCHI!

Enjoy pictures from our fabulous Teen Club Christmas Party!


What a treat! A few of the guardians perform a drama about the importance of being tested and adherence to medication. We were blown away by their talent!


An angel appears! One of our talented Teen Club members performs the role of the angel for the nativity play.



The girls perform traditional Swazi dances for an audience of their peers and caregivers.


Simo Mamba does a great job as the Christmas Party MC!


Thobile Matsubula, head facilitator of the Teen Club at Cabrini, opens the ceremonies with a word of thanks to the staff, the club members, and the guardians.


More dancing by our fabulous Teen Club Stars!


A word of prayer lead by one of the Teen Club guardians.


Make way for the boys performing traditional Swazi dances!


And of course, we must give the makes (mothers) and Go Gos (grandmothers) a chance to show off their dancing skills!



Teen Club members and their guardians all together to celebrate Christmas!

Sweet Seedlings!

Cabrini is so grateful to His Majesty’s Correctional Services for their generous donation of seedlings, worth more than E5000.00!  On November 26th, the Deputy Commander of His Majesty’s Correctional Services and eight of his delegates, arrived to hand over seedlings of onion, cabbage, beetroot, spinach, lettuce, carrots, green pepper, and tomatoes to members of our Teen Club Parent and Caregiver Support Group!  The seedlings donated were able to go to over 40 homesteads! Teen club Parents & Caregivers were super excited about the kind gesture, and the fact that the seedlings were hand-delivered by the officers, themselves. The caregivers also appreciated the agriculture lesson, including advice on planting and surveying the land, facilitated by His Majesty’s Correctional Services.

In his closing speech, the Deputy Commander made mention of the fact that it was their first time to come to Cabrini and they are hoping this is not the last time and look forward to continue supporting Cabrini in her endeavor towards improving the well-being of the needy communities and the OVC’s in the near future. Thank you, Deputy Commander, and we look forward to more visits and support from His Majesty’s Correctional Services! IMG_1945 IMG_1962 IMG_1963 IMG_1964 IMG_1971 IMG_1972 IMG_1975 IMG_1978 IMG_1980 IMG_1982 IMG_1987 IMG_1988

Education Department Success Story: Nonkululeko

Nonkululeko Maseko (3)

21years old
Success Story: Cabrini Ministries

Nonkululeko  is a 22 year-old young lady who grew up in Matyovu in the Ngcamphalala community of Lubombo. When she was 13 years old her mother passed away but fortunately for her a Cabrini Sister took heed of her plight and Nonkuleko was welcomed into Cabrini’s hostel in 2002. Unfortunately, while at school Nonkululeko and she was not able to write her form three exams. Despite this setback she did not give up, but instead she persevered and studied diligently during the school holidays. Determined to complete her high school education, she enrolled herself into Sibetsapi High School in Phumlamcashi. This too proved to be a challenge for her because in addition to being made fun of at school she had to walk 30 kilometers to and from school every day. However, with a titanium will-power she pushed on. With Cabrini’s support, she was fortunate enough to have her school fees paid, a plate of food every night, and candles to study with. ‘We made follow-ups on the children we were sponsoring and each time we inquired about Nonkululeko her school would tell us that she’s a well-behaved and hardworking student’ says Simo Mamba, Cabrini’s Director of Education. Having completed Form 5 with impressive marks, Nonkululeko is currently in the first year of a 3-year diploma in Education at Southern Nazaren University. Through Cabrini’s tertiary education fund, Nonkululeko’s university fees are taken care of. Nonkululeko’s determination together with Cabrini Ministry’s willingness to help are undoubtedly a recipe for success!