EVEN AFTER A DECADE SHE STILL PERSEVERES

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.

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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.

SPEAK OUT!… YOUR VOICE IS YOUR POWER

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.

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(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.

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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.

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Mixed campers (males and females) are enjoying their soccer match although the weather is not conducive for playing soccer. 

 

 

 

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Although soccer is known as a sport for males, female’s campers are very competing in soccer match.

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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.