Cabrini Ministries Swaziland is a Catholic faith-based and community-based not-for-profit organization (Section 21: R7/26820) working in the Lubombo lowveld of Swaziland to show God’s love in action through service. Cabrini Ministries is based at St. Philip’s Mission and operates for the good of the larger community including the tinkhundla (districts) of Siphofaneni, Sithobela, Lubuli and Nkilongo with some activities occurring in Mpolonjeni and Dvodkodvweni.
Cabrini’s work is fundamentally about responding to local need which includes addressing issues of health, nutrition, education, and protection, as well as ensuring mental and spiritual well-being. Delivery of services is primarily achieved through four integrated departments: Health Care, Child Care, Education and Family Services. In performing its work, Cabrini emphasizes three key methodologies: Responses are Community and Family Centric, Interventions are Assessment Based, and Service Delivery is Comprehensive and Integrated. These approaches are synergistic and result in an efficient and effective package of services for our clients.
Cabrini is founded on the work and principles of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (MSCs) and their founder, St. Francis Xavier Cabrini. The organization is currently a part of the Holy Spirit region of the order along with Ethiopia and the United Kingdom. The sisters have worked in Swaziland for over 40 years after originally coming to the country at the request of King Sobhuza II in 1971. In the early 2000s, in response to the escalating HIV and TB crisis, all resources were shifted to address the urgent health concerns as well as the emerging orphan crisis created by the massive loss of life. This transition was solidified with the founding of a new organization: Cabrini Ministries Swaziland.
In the past five years, over 12,000 people have received HIV and/or TB services and over 2,500 orphans and vulnerable children have been served. What began as a few people doing what they could to help their neighbors has evolved into a full service not-for-profit organization deeply rooted in the community, providing comprehensive integrated care as well as targeted care to thousands.
If you would like to learn more about the organization, we encourage you to read Love and Death in the Kingdom of Swaziland, a book about the work of Cabrini Ministries.