Children
 Swaziland
Project #10850

Swaziland: Help 50 orphans become future leaders

by New Hope Centre
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Phoebe and Abigail in Johannesburg Awaiting Flight
Phoebe and Abigail in Johannesburg Awaiting Flight

Phoebe, Abigail and Joanna are back from their exciting adventure to the United States. As you probably recall they earned the invitation to compete in Kansas City, Missouri, at the International Student Convention. Phoebe and Abigail sang while Joanna gave a reading of her own composition. They felt that the experience was, in their words, life-changing. They were inspired by the others students and were able to form friendships from students around the world.  The flags representing all of the countries of the contestants were displayed at the front of the auditorium. This was the first time in the history of the competitions that Swaziland was represented. (see below) This happened largely because of you and your continued support of these orphans-turned-leaders. They want to thank you for your faithful caring that gives them opportunities they could not otherwise experience.

During their trip they also toured New York City and went to a performance of The Lion King. It seemed appropriate that they were able to take pride in a story born on their own continent. In addition, how could they come to the US and not go to Disney? They had the exciting privilege of spending four days at Disney World and Epcot Center in Florida. I was able to be in touch with Phoebe nearly every day. One of the things she noted was that even with all of the wealth and beauty she saw, it was evident to them all that there is also poverty and suffering that was all too apparent on the streets of New York.

The girls had formed such strong attachments to the friends they met on the journey that it was difficult to part from them. However, they admitted that home looked very comforting as they settled back into normal life at New Hope Centre. All of these life experiences will be utilized in their positions as thought and influence leaders in the country of Swaziland. The trip was made possible by one generous sponsor.

Please understand that you are a vital part of all that happens at New Hope Centre as you continue to faithfully love, support and sustain these developing students with your prayers and your finances.

Thank you once again.

First Time the Swazi Flag Displayed at Competition
First Time the Swazi Flag Displayed at Competition
Phoebe and Joanna in Chicago
Phoebe and Joanna in Chicago
Warrensberg University - Convention Site
Warrensberg University - Convention Site
NHC Student in Swim Competition
NHC Student in Swim Competition

Time marches on and because New Hope Center was founded in 2005, it only stands to reason that our kids are growing up. This is both a cause for rejoicing and one of sadness as they leave. Our eldest son, Caleb, completed his high school in Canada and is currently studying at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He has kept up with friends and teachers from his old alma mater, Smithville School in Niagara area near Toronto Canada. As a result of those connections, seven high school students arrived at New Hope Centre to work, experience life at our orphan home and to help with enrichment of our students. 

The Canadian students spent the majority of their time at Hope Academy on the New Hope Centre campus. These kinds of experiences with folks from the outside world add tremendous enrichment and broadening in the lives of our kids. Mr. Scott, the science teacher from Smithville, had prepared science activities and projects that opened new vistas of investigation. Science has been a discipline that has presented considerable challenges for our educators. Mr. Scott created a new spark of interest that we had not seen before among the children. The Smithville students had prepared some dramas for the students to practice and present in a competition during the last night of their visit. Craft classes and a safari thru the Hlane Game Park were other highlights of the trip. 

Our Abraham kids had chosen to serve as hosts to the visitors and took them on a tour of our national museum and parliament before going to see arts and crafts in the local creative arts centers. Because our children were participating in the finals of the national swim competitions, the visitors were able to go along to cheer and celebrate as our family won medals and scored national points.

The Canadian students flew home via Istanbul since the Brussels airport was devastated by the terrorist attack. We were grateful for all they shared and for their safe return to Canada. We would love to meet you and learn what you have to share with us from your corner of the world. Your contributions of money help to enrich the children’s lives in material ways and we know that your contributions of wisdom and love would enrich them as well. Thank you again for your continued caring and support.

With gratitude,

Joseph in Drama
Joseph in Drama
Majestic Lion in the Hlane Game Park
Majestic Lion in the Hlane Game Park
Joanna Working on Crafts
Joanna Working on Crafts
Children Found Abandoned by New Hope Centre Kids
Children Found Abandoned by New Hope Centre Kids

New Hope Centre has become more than just an orphanage. It is a home for 50 extraordinary children who are making a difference in Swaziland. Your donations go toward the infrastructure of making it all possible: education, training, enrichment, clothing, caretaking, food and housing. But those serve as a secure foundation from which the leaders of our country are being formed. It is our desire to begin that leadership skill at a very young age. For that reason, we take even the youngest children out into the countryside to meet with other orphans who do not have the advantages our kids do.

Recently, on one of our forays we came across a heartbreaking family of six children. Their father died and their mother was overwhelmed with responsibility and left them to move away with a man who offered to take care of her. The children were left to fend for themselves in a falling-down mud structure with no running water and no way to provide food or clothing. Our children knew that many of them had come from the same circumstances and their hearts were touched. They took their own birthday and Christmas money and used it to buy clothing for the children. They shared food with them and have been giving them hope and encouragement.

In another activity to help develop our children’s’ leadership skills we helped them to train and prepare for this year’s All Africa student Convention held at Bloemfontein University. Fourteen students entered the competitions in the areas of drama, speech, music (both instrumental and vocal), chess, checkers, art and science projects as well as dress making (formal attire). They all did very well, earning honors in several categories. Three of the girls qualified to go to USA for the International Student Convention in Atlanta Georgia to compete with students from all over the world. These three are the first Swazi's ever to be nominated to attend and we are so proud of their accomplishment.

We hope these insights into the activities of the children of New Hope Centre will also give you pride since you are the ones making it all possible. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and wish you a bright and hopeful New Year.

Joanna Cooking for the Abandoned Children
Joanna Cooking for the Abandoned Children
Orphaned Kids in New Clothes Supplied by NHC Kids
Orphaned Kids in New Clothes Supplied by NHC Kids
New Hope Contestants in All Africa Conference
New Hope Contestants in All Africa Conference
Noah Leading the Teenage Boys in a Dance
Noah Leading the Teenage Boys in a Dance

Our project is all about providing the infrastructure to give 50 children who started their lives without hope all that they need to overcome their impossible circumstances and not only survive but become strong, outstanding citizens of Swaziland. We believe that these children who have been rescued from certain poverty and failure can not only live productive lives, but lead others toward progressive and positive changes in this nation.

In order to accomplish those goals a careful matrix of nurture, education and training has been established. The nurture takes the form of on-site care-takers who stay with the children in homelike settings on the grounds of New Hope Centre. We have sponsors from other countries who take interest in specific children and send them letters and gifts of clothing, toys and items for hygiene. The children improve their communication skills by writing letters back to the sponsors, sharing stories from their lives. Our director, Dr. Elizabeth Hynd, who was born and raised in Swaziland, has insight into what these children have endured which has prepared her to work with these children who struggle with the aftermaths of trauma. Her compassion and wisdom have been invaluable in the forward movement from victimization to success. The children receive personal attention which is individualized to their specific needs. Since New Hope Centre is a live-in community there is continuity of care that allows for monitoring and responsive modification in the approach to care.

The children’s education is conducted on the campus of New Hope Centre by highly qualified teachers who are well versed in the care of orphaned children. They are patient, encouraging and inspiring. Rather than having the children in sharply delineated grades, they progress according to their capacities. Positive reinforcement plays a pivotal role in motivating each child to rise to his or her highest ability. Of course, part of our responsibility is to provide uniforms, books and school supplies for their education. In order for them to learn properly they must have good nutrition, hygiene, clothing and healthy bodies. Your donations have gone a long ways to help in this endeavor and once again, we thank you for your forward-looking benevolence to invest in the future of Swaziland.

Training the children goes beyond formal education. We have added the enrichment of competitive swimming instruction and have used our own students, trained as coaches for the younger students. Several of our kids have been in dance classes and have performed in programs and recitals. Many of the students take voice and instrument lessons and put their skills to use frequently, both on campus and as far away as South Africa and even Israel and America. They are tutored in speaking and travel widely within Swaziland and elsewhere leading out in speaking engagements, mentoring over 1,000 other orphans and sharing their stories with those who need to be aware of what is happening in Swaziland.

There is much more that goes into bringing an abandoned, orphaned child into a place of restoration and leadership, but we wanted to share the information above in order to encourage you that your contributions are making a difference worth the sacrifice. We applaud your generosity and continue to do everything in our ability to make you proud of your choice to support these precious children.

Caleb speaking to a group of 400 orphans
Caleb speaking to a group of 400 orphans
Suzzanna practicing her trumpet
Suzzanna practicing her trumpet
Teen girls shopping for much needed clothing
Teen girls shopping for much needed clothing
Hananiah
Hananiah

Of course, our children are at the heart of our project. It is for them we expend our efforts and make our plans. We would like to share with you the story of three of our girls, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. They are triplets.

We met the girls when they were only 5 weeks old. Their mother came with these precious little bundles of life to New Hope Centre begging us to take them, as she could not care for them or feed them. We are a children’s home for those without parents or relatives so we make every effort to find a way to support the children in their families and with their own relatives. We had visitors at the time who offered to provide disposable diapers and baby formula for the next six months of their lives. So we visited them regularly and made sure they were progressing. A nursing team from Niagara, Canada came and helped us with provisions and corrections in care.

Later that year we had their first birthday celebration giving thanks to God finding provisions for them during the first year of their lives. The girls did well until they started crawling, when one of them, in their own home, mistakenly picked up a pot of boiling hot water that was left on the floor and poured it over her head and body as if she was bathing herself only to be scolded with the boiling water. She was severely burned and had to be hospitalized in Mankayane. This was the beginning of overwhelming circumstances for the mum and grandmother.

We approached the Social Welfare offices in Manzini for their assistance to process the children to be assigned to New Hope Centre until their 18th birthdays. On the weekend of our national Independence celebrations Ms. Rachael and Sister Tandzi went to their home and collected the three darlings and all their earthly belongings. They have now started primary school in grade one and are learning the fundamentals in preparation for reading. They lead worship, are learning ballet and were so excited to be taken to town to buy school clothes, school bags and supplies with money they received from donors like you. In addition, your funds have helped to provide education for one of our teachers to receive special training to help them with the basics of their education. You can view a portion of the recent Spring Ballet Concert in which the triplets participated here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6HRUzdYmkI.

This is the story of three of our 52 children. Each one has a history of heartbreak and restoration that we love to share with you. This past three months since we last updated you our children continue to enjoy a secure home, food, clothing, education, nurturing and enrichment. This is possible thru your on-going gifts. They thank you continuously and are well aware of your contributions to their lives. We thank you because we now that without your support these stories would have been far different. We look forward to sharing more of the specific stories of the children of New Hope Centre. Along with their tragedies, they have also learned resilience that has brought them thru the storms and out into the light.

We would love to hear from you. What can we do in these reports to give you a better picture of what your donations are doing at New Hope Centre? Do you enjoy hearing the individual stories of our children? How can we reach out to more people with kind and generous hearts to assure the health, emotional stability and strong leadership and educational skills needed in the future leaders of Swaziland?

You give us the courage to continue.

Mishael
Mishael
Azariah
Azariah
Triplets 6th Birthday Party
Triplets 6th Birthday Party
Spring Ballet Concert with Triplets
Spring Ballet Concert with Triplets
 

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New Hope Centre

Location: Manzini - Swaziland
Website: http:/​/​www.newhopeswaziland.com/​default.asp
Project Leader:
Cherry Brandstater
Dr.
Redlands, CA United States

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