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.