CABRINI MINISTRIES CELEBRATES 2017 FAMILY DAY IN STYLE

 

pic 1 - Copy (2)On 20 May, Cabrini Ministries hosted our 3rd annual Family Day for Guardians and students in our Family Services, Education and Childcare departments.  This year we hosted around 200 guardians, students and staff.  We have these events each year to provide a safe and non-threatening atmosphere for families to just “be” together.  Our goal is to create an atmosphere that families can enjoy each other’s company without having to worry about the stresses of life.

Sharon Singleton, our childcare manager, said “I loved the atmosphere of the day.  The parents were like kids totally enjoying themselves.” And if you look closely at the pictures you can see just that, parents and children both enjoying themselves like a kid would!

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This year we had 7 game stations that families rotated through after receiving a free TB screening.  Some of the highlights of the games were sack races, traditional Swazi games, egg and spoon race, musical chairs, pin the tail on the donkey and other silly and fun games.  Everyone was a winner, leaving with handfuls of sweets!

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Simo Mamba, Education Manager for Cabrini Ministries, had this to say about the day.  “Family is not always about relatives, but the people in your life who want you in theirs and accept you for who you are.  The Family Day event that Cabrini Ministries held last month made some of us to realize that the Family Day celebration is not only for blood related people, but also for those who have a common goal.  Seeing a number of mothers and fathers playing and eating with children they are not related to reflects our common goal of raising a good future of leaders.  A child belongs to a community, not just individual parents.”

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After a couple hours of games and recreation, each participant was given a small fruit snack and then headed into the conference room for the informational portion of the day.  We were privileged to have Sr. Barbara Staley, General Superior of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, and Sister Diane DalleMolle, Regional Superior of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, in attendance.  Our guest speakers this year were from our Healthcare department.  They spoke on TB education and the importance of immunization in children.

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At the end of the day, the families gathered outside to enjoy a nice meal together.  It was another wonderful Family Day Event!

 

 

CABRINI TAKES ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART

On 23 June, Cabrini Ministries Swaziland celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  In honor of this special day, our staff participated in various community service initiatives as a way of showing love in action even beyond the work we do on a daily basis.  Each department selected a special project where they could serve community members in need as a way of working together and sharing our blessing with others.

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The preschool staff, along with the preschool students, helped to make St. Phillips Mission clean by picking up over 10 bags of trash!

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Other departments visited homesteads and helped clean, cook, fetch water and wash blankets.  Tasks that the members of the homesteads struggle to do because of age or disability.

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The education department visited a local preschool and spent the day teaching and playing with the students.

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The day concluded with a beautiful mass and meal, as we celebrated together the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

While serving the community is at the very core of the work Cabrini Ministries does, being able to take a day to serve in more personal and focused ways was a great opportunity for all.  We are blessed to be a blessing to others.