Nov 14, 2018

Impact Beyond the Local Community

Happy updating the inventory list
Happy updating the inventory list

A woman by herself has to do something to provide for her family. It takes doing business or getting a job in order to earn some money so that you can buy whatever you need. Happiness of Lamgabhi is a woman who through working at the Kudvumisa Creative shop is now able to provide for herself, her children and other relatives.

Happiness tells her story like this:

“I am a mother of 3 kids, whom their father abandoned, leaving me to take care of them. Currently I stay with my brother and 8 nephews whose parents died one after the other in 2015. Clearly it states the fact that I also have a huge role of taking care of my nephews. My parents died in 2005, when I was still young and still needed to be taken care of, so I then stayed with donors till 2008 when they left Swaziland. Before my donors left the country they connected me with the Kudvumisa directors Mr Daran and Teresa Rehmeyer who gave me a job. Actually before I met the Rehmeyers I was doing a small business of selling chickens and eggs which helps me earn at least something to put food on the table.

“Through my small business, which I still do on the side, the organization’s directors saw my business skills and were convinced by that to hire me to work at the Kudvumisa Creative shop ………. I started working for the organization in their shop department in September 2017. This is the shop where the organization sells products produced by community people under the Kudvumisa economic development.

“Working here helps me in many ways, one of them being taking care of my big family as I mention earlier on. Whilst I am in the shop, I also make a few handicraft products, which help me gain more handicraft skills. Personally it also helps me know that no matter what life goes on, as I work I get to meet customers of different kinds and get to talk to them thus learning a lot about life, people's personalities, life strategies, etc.

“So with that being said, I really thank God for bringing people who have such a heart of helping us Swazis get better in life and be able to take care of ourselves. I also want to thank all the donors who help make it possible for me and other people in my country to have jobs even if we are looked down upon because we are not that learned.”

Happy is too humble. Her business skills from inventory management to book keeping are a testimony to her abilities! She is a tremendous blessing to all that come into the shop. She helps sell many of the products that go back and directly benefit the women and families in the eastern side of eSwatini who participate in the economic development projects.

Happy and the products from Econ Dev projects
Happy and the products from Econ Dev projects

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Nov 8, 2018

Patients appreciate Kudvumisa Foundation

Nonhlanhla receiving a BGR bucket from CHIPS staff
Nonhlanhla receiving a BGR bucket from CHIPS staff

People like Nonhlanhla of Shewula are so grateful for the great help that we provide them as patients. As a 52-year-old woman who has lived with congestive cardiac failure for many years, she needs help with monthly transportation to the hospital. Her husband died and left her with 4 kids who no longer stay with her because they are older.

Luckily, she is not home alone because she stays with one of her relatives’ children. Her problem began in 2011 when she was diagnosed with TB and was admitted in the TB hospital where she stayed for 9 months. Ever since she was discharged from the hospital in 2012 she uses a wheelchair to move around.

Every month she has to see a doctor and get her monthly pill supplies, as they are unavailable at the local clinic in Shewula. Every month her son would hire a car for her to get to the hospital, but then it became too expensive for him so he could not do that any longer. Nonhlanhla heard about Kudvumisa and the CHIPS outreach through her neighbors.  She then called to connect with our community health program to enquire for help with her monthly transport issue.

As an organization, we are now able to be of help to her as we offer to transport her to the hospital for her monthly appointments. We periodically deliver a bucket (supplied from Baptist Global Response or BGR) with many basic things that a sick or bedridden person needs. When we visit, she so thankful for the help she receives from the organization.

Nonhlanhla at her homestead
Nonhlanhla at her homestead
Bheki explaining the BGR bucket contents
Bheki explaining the BGR bucket contents

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Oct 9, 2018

Mobile Clinics Health Care Delivery Benefits

The CHIPS mobile clinic in the community
The CHIPS mobile clinic in the community

One of the major significant gaps discovered by Kudvumisa Foundation in the eastern region of Swaziland was the lack of access to primary health care services for children and the elderly close to their where they live. A majority of the population cannot afford to reach any health care services on their own due to their poor economic state. To get health care services they have to travel by foot or use public transport, and that is if they can afford to get to the nearest clinic which is as far as 12km/7.5miles or more for others. In addition to that, one has to pay a certain fee to access the health care services.

The joy of seeing our CHIPS (Community Health Intervention Program Swaziland) mobile clinic van coming to their dwellings brings hope for health and welfare to the young and old in the area. They know that whatever illness that is not very serious they are suffering from, the CHIPS nurses will help them free of charge. This is part of the outreaches we are able to do using the mobile clinics as we are taking care of the on-going responsibility to provide primary health care services to the children in order to build a healthy generation.

Part of the funds we save through the use of the solar panel system instead of electricity helps us keep our mobile clinics road worthy and properly supplied. Vehicle operation and maintenance costs are a large part of our mobile outreach budget. But with our using mobile clinics we are able to offer a number of services; from treating minor illnesses, HIV/AIDS testing and counselling, anti-retroviral drugs if HIV positive, malaria treatment and medications for non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, gastric ulcers etc.

These people did not have hope for help and no one was there to help them so this is why we make sure to reach out into these communities to bring help and healthcare. Your contributions help us help them.

CHIPS Mobile Clinic
CHIPS Mobile Clinic

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