Our community care organization prides itself not just in care of life but also in nurturing young lives through co-parenting. When the economic situation forces every parent to earn a living, one way or the other parenting roles affected, leading to dysfunctional families at extremes and children having little or no guidance in life which is supposed to build and shape their social skills.

Cabrini organizes camps to meet parents halfway. This September we hosted a pre-teen camp themed “Speak Up Your Voice is your Power”, which was attended by 64 children from our catchment area. This camp included Team building games, so that they can get along with others, art activity which encourages creativity, sports tournament to show up their skills and ice breakers for warming up for the next session.


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The best performing groups were rewarded after each activity so that they can be motivated and to encourage a competitive spirit in teens. There was also a Talent show where they expressed their different talents in front of the others which build confidence.

Moreover, they participated in some activities aimed at discouraging negative comments towards other children, which results in lowering someone’s self-esteem. The pre-teens were encouraged to speak up whenever they are abused or bullied. This lesson was crowned with sessions and video clips on bullying presented by the family services department. In addition to that they did a wrinkled heart activity; they had to make up dances for the song “You can’t take away from me”


participants expressing themselves in dance.

They also had lessons aimed at understanding their body changes as they develop both physically and psychologically.  All these efforts were joyfully met with cooperation and conscious participation from the pre-teens in all expectations.


Expression through Art.

The week long camp was beautifully ended with creative work in poems, songs, sketch, and posters linked to the theme and yet illustrating the lessons valuable to the participants.


img_20160723_121340After a two and half days journey Sr. Laura Baldini, MSC.  Ndoda, Nonhlanhla, Phicekile & Sipho finally arrived in Poland for World Youth Day 2016, on July 20th. Their first station was at Wroctaw where they joyfully joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I) on the pre world youth day mini event. They were joined by other youths from Zambia, Spain, U.S, Ghana, Germany, and Poland to mention a few.  During their stay in Wroctawu they participated in the music festivals, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, reconciliation and the way of the cross.

The peak of this moment was when they got an opportunity to share with their peers the cultural pride through the Traditional dance.  The most touching moments of their lives, was when they received generous love and care from the Polish people who hosted them in their homes and shared with them who they are and opened their warm hearts for them.  Despite language barriers but the Swazi team felt them love of the Polish people, motivated in the spirit of prayer based on spirituality of Our Lady of Justakowa, emphasizing on charity.


From Wroctawu the team made their way to Crakow where the main event was to be held, where they joined in an Opening Mass celebrated by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwsz I Blomia Park.  This event had more than 2 ½ million people, who together welcomed the Holy Father who later at the even motivated the youth in his words “please do not retire before starting life… live a young life committed to Christ.”  This was a wonderful moment for the Youth from Swaziland especially when they met their Father in faith; Bishop Jose from Manzini diocese.

Moreover, they stayed at the vigil with the His img_20160727_115758Holiness and they were united to one another in the Love of God gathered by the Vicar of Christ who shepherds the church.

After the celebration the youth had a chance to visit a number of places, and yet for them the most outstanding of this visit was when they visited the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart generalate where they had an opportunity to see the mother Cabrini’s original letters, which she wrote.  And they left Ligcebesha as a souvenir to the sisters.

Other places visited were:

  1. Rome, ( St. Peters Basilica, St. Mary Majore, St. John and St. Paul), The Colloseum, Ara Caeli Church, Church of Gesu, Pantheon, Piaza Del  Populo, the Tomb of Catherine of  Siena, St. Peters Dome, and the Roman Forum.

World Youth Day 2016


On Monday, July 18th, four current and former hostel children began an amazing adventure with Sr. Laura Baldini, MSC.  Ndoda, Nonhlanhla, Phicekile & Sipho began their pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day 2016.

For each child, this is a life-changing experience.  They have never before traveled outside of Swaziland and they are being given the opportunity to meet peers from around the world.

Their journey began with a bus ride to Johannesburg, South Africa and then flights to Europe. We know each of them have enjoyed the experience and the sensory overload they have been experiencing – international airports, traveling via jets to another continent, massive crowds of faithful Catholics! They’ve been called to be ready for the suffering and joy.

As they focus on the 5th beatitude – blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy – we look forward to sharing in their experiences. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they travel home in the coming days.  We will be sure to post more once they return!

Powodzenia! Ndoda, Nonhlanhla, Phicekile, Sipho & Sr. Laura!


World Youth Day, Krakow 2016

God, merciful Father,
in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love
and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman”.
We entrust to you in a special way
young people of every language, people and nation:
guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today
and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits
from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.

Heavenly Father,
grant that we may bear witness to your mercy.
Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt,
hope to those who are discouraged,
love to those who feel indifferent,
forgiveness to those who have done wrong
and joy to those who are unhappy.
Allow the spark of merciful love
that you have enkindled within us
become a fire that can transform hearts
and renew the face of the earth.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
Saint John Paul II, pray for us.
Saint Faustina, pray for us.

Tertiary Fund Beneficiary: Thandeka

Thandeka is 22 years old. In 2002, at the age of 8, Thandeka came to Cabrini after being referred to us by one of her primary school teachers at St. Phillip’s. The primary school teacher noticed that she was not thriving in her current homestead and recommended her to live at Cabrini during the school terms. After arriving at Cabrini, she underwent treatment for Pellagra, a disease caused by malnutrition. The treatment was successful and she soon began enjoying a healthy and happy life at the Cabrini hostel.


Thandeka Magagula

Because of her impressive scholastic records and passion for learning, in 2011, Cabrini was able to enroll Thandeka in Our Lady of Sorrows, a private boarding high school with an excellent academic reputation. In 2014, Thandeka graduated Form 5 (which is the equivalent to 12th grade in the states.)


At the Form 5 (12th grade) party, when Sr. Diane, the executive director of Cabrini Ministries Swaziland, asked the Form 5 graduates about their plans before receiving their results, Thandeka boldly declared that she would be best put to use assisting the matron of the new girls’ boarding hostel that Cabrini was opening on the mission. Impressed by her determination, Sr. Diane then hired her on. From January 2015- July 2015 she worked as the assistant boarding matron.

In August 2015 Thandeka began her studies at Good Shepherd College of Nursing, attending their Nursing Assistant Program. Her fees are proudly paid for by Cabrini’s tertiary fund. The tertiary fund is a fund setup by Cabrini and paid for with the help of generous donors from the U.S., specifically for students associated with Cabrini that wish to and are able to continue their studies in higher learning institutions.  She finds the work challenging as well as interesting, and is excelling in her classes. Her plans for the future are to finish her studies and get a job working in the nursing field. She then hopes to continue furthering her studies in higher education, including eventually receiving a P.H.D!

We are so proud to support Thandeka’s hard work and commitment to her education and future. We know that her determination and passion will get her far in life, and we wish her all the best!

St. Phillip’s Preschool Opens!

On January 26, 2016 the new and improved St. Phillip’s Preschool opened! The new preschool is now run by Cabrini Ministries in the hopes that we can help secure a stronger grasp of reading, writing, and mathematics basics in our young scholars. Registration opened at 7:30 AM, with a line of eager mothers waiting to get their children checked in. We had over 50 applicants to the preschool and were able to divide them up into two classes headed by our wonderful Missionary Sisters, Sr. Rosa and Sr. Adisse. Sr. Rosa and Sr. Adisse will be assisted in the classroom by Zandile Fakudze and Mrs. Dlamini. We are looking forward to seeing how the preschool helps instill a passion for learning in the younger Swazi generation, and are delighted and grateful for the hard work and care of our preschool director, Beth Kickert.

We are also very grateful to  Zoe Vivian Fourie for donating her time and artistic talents to the preschool! Zoe, owner and managing director of Zoggs Pty Ltd., painted some beautiful murals on the walls of the preschool to liven up the classrooms and create a friendly and colorful learning environment. Thanks to the preschool staff and supporters for helping Cabrini work towards a brighter academic future for the children of Swaziland! 


Young minds ready to learn!


Mothers and their children wait in line patiently for the preschool to open!


Thanks to Zoe Vivian Fourie, owner of Zoggs Shops, for painting beautiful murals on our classroom walls! Learn more about her wonderful business by copying and pasting this link into your browser:





Reading nook and “Brown Bear Brown Bear, what do you see?” Thanks again to Zoe Vivian Fourie for the amazing murals!




Sr. Adisse’s classroom includes trees!



The toys are ready for the first day of school!


The wonderful Preschool Staff! L to R: Sr. Adisse, Sr. Rosa, Beth Kickert, Zandile Fakudze, and Mrs. Dlamini


Sr. Rosa prepares her classroom for the first day of school!



Sr. Adisse with her new pupil.


Make (mother) Dlamini and Zandi were in charge of check-in.


Preschool parents coming to check in!


Good to know our new student, Princie, is keeping an eye on things.


Everyone gets a nametag!


Ernie made a new friend!


Playing house is the best!




Sr. Rosa in her new classroom.



Sr. Adisse with her new students.



Even the goats were there to welcome the new students!



No need to cry, Sr. Rosa will take good care of you!





Check out Princie’s new ride!



Playtime is an important part of preschool!


Reading time with Beth!


Come on in!


Time to introduce ourselves around the parachute!


“My name is…”






Lunchtime was a hit!



Can’t open a new preschool without the blessing from our priest, Fr. Gaston. Thank you, Father!

A Focus on Family Services: Part Two

The second part of our two-part series focusing on the impressive work of our Family Services Department! Wellness Days took place at Ubombo Country and Golf Club in Big Bend, Swaziland. They were a joy for both the facilitators and the participants, and were a welcomed day of self-reflection, and an important reminder that we must take care of ourselves in order to continue taking care of others. Read below for a brief synopsis of the day as written by a representative from the Family Services Department: 


Participants of Wellness Day received a gift bag that included a very useful flashlight!



Picture of one of our great staff members taken at our Wellness Day retreat location.


1st Annual Staff Wellness Day

During the months of November and December 2015, each department attended a Staff Wellness Day in which staff was educated on the importance of self-awareness and self-care, stress management, and expressive arts therapy. It was a time for the staff to be relaxed and to learn more about themselves and others. It was a day of professional character building and reflection. Sister Rosa (A Cabrini Sister from Brazil) opened each session by talking to staff about Cabrini Spirituality. After which other Cabrini staff members, facilitated sessions on general wellness and self-care topics. It was a day to remember that “Charity begins at home”.

A Focus on Family Services : Part One

For the next couple of blog posts, we will be focusing on our fantastic Family Services Department. We hope you enjoy reading a bit about the wonderful work they do here at Cabrini! 

Uplifting one another: Capacity Building Training for Partners of Cabrini Ministries

Cabrini Ministries Swaziland continues to pride itself on being an organisation in which capacity building of its staff as well as it partners is essential in advancing professionalism within the country particularity in regards to social service provision. During 2015, Family Services staff took on the task of offering a two part series of capacity building training.

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Capacity building training conducted (During the 2nd and 3rd quarter) included topics such as: Introduction to the Psychosocial Approach, A Family Centred Approach to completing a Comprehensive Assessment, Client Engagement: Empowering Vulnerable and At-Risk Clients, Basic Counselling/Interviewing Techniques, Recognizing Strengths and Challenges on the Homestead, and Reducing Burn-Out and Increasing Professional Self-Awareness.

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We anticipated only 15 DSW attendees, but due to the expressed interest of the Lubombo Regional Social Welfare Stakeholder Group, we had more than 40 participants every session. The attendees consisted of representatives from local NGOs working in the Lubombo region, Department of Social Welfare staff (from Mbabane, Manzini, and Lubombo region), Ministry of Education Guidance and Counselling staff, Royal Swazi Police personnel, Immigration, and etc. from the Lubombo region. Pre and post questionnaires and participant training evaluation forms were completed by the attendees.

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Many of the attendees were highly pleased with the training offered continue to say “they are learning a lot”. Training materials were created by the former and present Family Services Managers whom are both Master Level Social Workers. For the introduction to counselling training, Family Services staff collaborated with a Swazi master-level consultant who conducted a session on Basic Counselling Skills in Siswati.  In designing of the materials, previous DSW case management training materials were reviewed to ensure that the trainings built off of the previous ones and ensured no disconnection.

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For the training, scholarly research was conducted using journal articles addressing Social Work related issues and Social Work and Psychology academic textbooks, also child welfare literature from Australia, South Africa, and etc. Certificates of participation were formally presented in September of 2015, by the Acting Director of Department of Social Welfare and the Chief of Part of HFG/Abt Associates.  During the conclusion of the year in December, the Lubombo SW Stakeholders group met and with the assistance of the Cabrini staff developed a referral form that would be piloted for usage within the region in 2016.