Project information

Orphan support

Helping bereaved children remain with their communities and stay in school.

The education of children is a long-term project. We will continue as long as there is a need that we can contribute towards.

Charity information: Swaziland Charitable Trust

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  • Need


    The impact of the AIDS epidemic in Swaziland has put severe stains on an already fragile society. Extended families struggle to give the orphaned children the material support they need and, unable to afford the cost of school fees and uniforms, children drop out of school. These children loose their parents, contact with their friends and, with no education, they can loose hope for the future.


    By paying school fees and uniform costs, we can help children stay with their remaining family members and continue their schooling.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Keep 160 orphaned children in school.


    » Contribute towards the cost of school fees and uniforms for each child.

    What success will look like

    Children's school attendance is monitored by the Trust's manager in Swaziland. End of year reports are issue by the schools.

  • Impact


    We believe that, by helping families educate their orphaned relatives, more children will grow into responsible adults able to make their own contribution towards society. We believe that all children can should be able to stay in school so supported children are chosen mainly for their need, not their academic ability. Success will be measured by the number of children who stay in school, the number that finish their schooling and what they do once they have left school.


    Supported children stay with their extended families. Changing family circumstances, like further bereavement or loss of family income, can mean that orphaned children have to move to stay with other family members. By keeping in close contact with the schools and families, we are able to maintain our support.


    Donors who contribute enough to support a child at school will receive annual school reports. An annual newsletter is produced for casual donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Uniforms Compulsory school uniforms
      £3,000 School Fees Primary School fees
      £18,000 School Fees High School fees
      £2,000 Special needs eg transport

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Regular sponsors £12,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Children are supported at schools throughout Swaziland, a small landlocked country in Southern Africa which borders the Republic of South Africa and Mozambique.


    Swaziland is a middle income country but over half the population live in poverty. Orphaned children from poor families will benefit from our support. Most are from families living in rural areas.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Swaziland Charitable Trust has operated in Swaziland - its origin go back to 1910. The local, full-time manager and voluntary Board of Directors know the country intimately and are able to closely monitor progress. Admin costs are covered by the charity's own income meaning that every penny given can go directly towards the supported children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Phindile Ndlangamandla

    The Trust's manager in Swaziland, Phindile ensures that fees are paid, uniforms purchased and that the children well cared for.

    Senator Rowan Howe

    Trustee and Chairman of the Swaziland Board of Directors, Rowan gives oversight and uses his broad experience to solve problems that may arise.


Support for one High School student