Cabrini Ministries Swaziland has been tremendously blessed this month, by having two canonical visits from Sr. Babara Staley, the General Superior for the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and His Excellency +Rev Peter Wells.Such visitations are incumbent on the shepherd who would properly feed and guard his flock.
In her speech to the staff Sr. Barbara emphasized that ”we are not a faith based organisation but we are a faith organisation”. ”we are not in love but we are love” In addition to that she said: ”As Cabrinian we have been chosen by God to be here to show love to his people… and as a missionary community to show the love of Jesus by taking care of those suffering physically”.
” As humans we are called to know and love one another and thus express our humanity and that, sets us apart from animals”
(Below: Sr. Barbara showing her dance moves with Cabrini Ministries Hostel children)
The presence of the General superior in the mission was not just a historic event but her presence rejuvenated the Cabrinian Missionary zeal and and the genuine, selfless love for the people of God.
The canonical visits were culminated by visit of the Nuncio +Rev Peter Wells who blessed Cabrini Ministries by showing love and humility as he explored the work of Cabrini Ministries. His symbolic Gesture of sharing Rosaries with the Cabrini Management , shows his call to the staff to continue to pray as they do their daily work. Today in Cabrini we can stand and say “Emanuel Cabrini”
The eighth born of nine siblings, Sikhumbuzo lost his mother at the age of four and six years later he lost his father as well. From then on, his older brothers shouldered the (Sikhumbuzo sharing a light moment cake with one of his colleagues)
responsibility of raising him and his three sisters, the youngest of which was orphaned at birth. The children’s subsequent admission into the hostel at Cabrini Ministries came as a welcome relief to the family whose economic strength was nothing to write home about.
The boy started school in the same year he came to live at St Philip’s Mission and went to perform steadily well through primary school. At first he did not stand out as a high academic achiever but was notably a dedicated pupil and it was collectively decided by staff working with him that he be sent to a more competitive boarding school environment. It was a decision that he was involved in making and one that would turn out to be the best boost to his academic prowess. He exceeded everyone’s expectations when he passed his JC exams with a merit, scoring an A in four subjects and going on to ace his SGCSE exams two years later by obtaining seven credits, qualifying for enrolment in the highest learning institution in the country if offered a place.
(Sikhumbuso Sharing a light moment with Simo)
Sikhumbuzo’s present character reflects a well-groomed young man who has emerged from shell of soft-spoken shyness of earlier years. During his high school career he developed impressive life skills that include public speaking, a far cry from what he was as a primary school. He started to take part in debate sessions at camps hosted by Cabrini every term break, eloquently presenting on behalf of his team. At a party held in his honor in February this year he confidently stood in front of the other hostel residents and shared his intended career path. There he was, disadvantaged as the rest of them in home background but also as privileged with opportunity, telling of his success and encouraging all to use every resource at their disposal in pursuit of their goals.
For the duration of his stay at the local hostel and boarding school, Sikhumbuzo, affectionately called Mphungane(a Fly), was the epitome of respect and good manners. Not a single instance of outright disobedience or major conflict has been reported and in cases of a disagreement he would articulate his case politely and arrive at an amicable resolution with the second party. Though his life circumstances might have looked like a recipe for a bleak future, this young man certainly has the wherewithal to turn his fortunes around.
Travelling down the dusty rocky dirt roads of into the bush of a sprawling mix of thorny cactus, ancient aloe plants, and sugarcane, you find huts made of stick and mud alongside modern circular shaped brick houses. Although in this unique rural scenery it tends to be very quiet, within the daily work of Mrs. Zodwa Gama, she hears the echoes the haunting screams of the aftermath of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, drought, poverty, domestic violence, and child neglect. Currently, Zodwa is a paraprofessional caseworker at Cabrini Ministries Swaziland. Zodwa has stated that there tends to be misunderstandings about what a caseworker does especially in the rural areas, but once her role is explained most people realize that can get more from the faith-based organization than just Healthcare Services, OVC care, and education support.
She has worked over ten years within the organization. For the past three years, she has been a caseworker in the Family Services Department. Although her matrimonial home is in the city, Zodwa chooses to return to the area that she grew up in as a child week after week to work with the most poor and vulnerable in Swaziland’s Lubombo Lowveld. The Lubombo rural lowveld has some of the highest rates of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and poverty in the country. Zodwa’s daily tasks as a Family Services Caseworker include visits to homesteads, conducting comprehensive family centered assessments, liaising with community partners, and providing psychosocial support. The aspects that she loves about being a case worker is working with people and getting to know them individually. Zodwa believes that a person being respectful, being able to assist families with identifying their strengths and needs, not making false promises, and adhering to confidentiality are the most skills needed by an effective case worker. Zodwa believes that the major result of her work and that of the department and the overall organization is to bring back the hope to children, youth, and families especially those who feel like they have no hope for a brighter future.
In all humility Cabrini Ministries prides itself in teen formation, which aims at producing not just a vibrant youth but better citizens ready to face tomorrow, through self expression in the form of art, activities and games.
(The campers are doing an art activity. They are with the Cabrini university students making some jewellery of their choices using coloured beads and strings)
This year began with a bang when youths from all over the Lubombo region gathered together at St. Phillips Mission, bringing with them their energy eager minds joining with Cabrini College Volunteers and local staff, to discuss issues today that affects their tomorrow.
The camp aims at empowering young minds, and thus shed a light to the future to keep them interested and equipped to face the future as mature citizens. lets take a glimpse to this glamorous event that gave 2017 a head start this Mission.
In this session they are doing a scavenger hunt game where they have to read a question from the paper and search for an individual who fits the question to sign under that question if its related to her/him. The first five campers to complete the grid win.
Mixed campers (males and females) are enjoying their soccer match although the weather is not conducive for playing soccer.
Although soccer is known as a sport for males, female’s campers are very competing in soccer match.
It’s very amazing to see boys participating so much in net-ball as it’s known as a sport for females, clearly we are breaking boundaries and stereotypes here.
For all this amazing experience, gratitude is forwarded to the department of education which played a major role in organizing this event. and to all departments that contributed in the most powerful and enormous way. moreover, the parents and guardians who believes in this organisation and thus allow Cabrini to be a co-parent to the future leaders. most of all to God who made everything possible in the charism of mother Cabrini and the Sacred heart of Jesus which never stops pouring the love Jesus.