SELF HELP GROUPS (SHGs)
The Introduction of the Self Help Programme approach to rural communities has helped a number of people, especially women to stand up and improve their economic status. The SHG approach is similar to the popular savings and credit approach, but the difference is that it targets the poorest of them all in the communities. The organization believes that every human being has a wonderful and tremendous potential within themselves that needs to be unleashed. Through the formation of these groups, SCC is trying to level a ground where vulnerable people will feel free to unlock their hidden potential.
Since the Swaziland Conference of Churches (SCC) embarked on the Self Help Group ( SHG) approach to development rural communities in 2003, a significant change has been observed in almost all the 26 chiefdoms the organisation works in. The Organization is assisted by SAHEE Foundation from Switzerland and a German based organisation Kindernortifle (KNH) to carry out this initiative in the Lubombo and Shiselweni regions.
INTERGRATED WATERSHED PROJECT
The Swaziland Conference Of Churches and Kindernortifle have partnered to implement an Integrated watershed project in Matsanjeni. The project was officially launched at Qomintaba Umphakatsi on the 15th December, 2011.
The implementation of this project will ensure that the following objectives are achieved:
- Poverty alleviation through establishment of Agricultural Enterprises ensuring sustainable and adoption of good faming and management systems.
- To ensure a sustainable and equitable use of natural resources within the catchment area and understanding impacts of climate change.
- Capacity Building through participatory approach in Watershed Management.
The baseline survey conducted at Qomintaba Umphakatsi revealed that this project will benefit 162 homesteads and approximately a population of 918 people. The project will be funded by KNH and BMZ (German Government). The total grant for this project is about 500.000 Euros (E4.5 million). The Matsanjeni watershed Integrated project is expected to last for a period of four years commencing 1st July 2011 to 31st April 2015.
DAY CARE CENTRES
SCC is currently running the Gamula & Ndzevane Day Care Centres situated in the Lowveld of Swaziland; the most droughts stricken part of the Lubombo Region. The centres are aimed at benefiting children in the area towards a brighter future. Moreover, the Day Care Centres seek to meet the following;
- Develop Children physically – providing healthy and nutritious meals.
- Develop Children emotionally and socially – help the children develop basic trust to other people and get along with other children.
- Prepare Children for primary education.
- To prepare Children mentally – help the children to think and to take decisions on themselves.