Project information

In Community, By Community (ICBC) Projects

We seek to serve those most in need, especially orphans and the vulnerable, in the most deprived areas of Swaziland, bringing healthcare, education and hope through self-help. This is done sustainably, within the community and local church rather than being dependent on outside help.

There is an ongoing programme of setting up these projects when funding is available

Charity information: Challenge Ministries Swaziland UK

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  • Need


    The project seeks to care for those most in need; being the orphaned and vulnerable children and the elderly in remote areas where there are few or no facilities. Swaziland still has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDs in the world, resulting in an orphan crisis. As there are few adults of working age, many children live on the streets and the elderly are left without care.


    We train and equip leaders in poverty-stricken areas to empower their community to help their neighbours. This is achieved through building a community church, a preschool, a healthcare team, a feeding program for the children and creating sustainable businesses, such as farming and bee-keeping to produce honey, with a guaranteed market at a fair price for the produce. By training people to help themselves, they are empowered to progress and build better futures.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a caring community that looks after their vulnerable


    » Identify a suitable, respected person in the community to be trained as a leader/Pastor.
    » Build a church building to become the hub of the activities.

    What success will look like

    Witnessing the Pastor visiting and organising help and support for the needy and increasing numbers of those actively involved in the project. Success will be 20% of the residents.

    Aim 2

    To improve health within the communities through facilities and education


    » Building an adequately equipped clinic
    » Training staff from within the community
    » Provide health education, especially on HIV/AIDS prevention

    What success will look like

    Recording reduced numbers of deaths and disability caused by preventable/treatable disease and attendance numbers at health education classes. 10% reduction will be a success.

    Aim 3

    Educate young children, giving them a chance to become future leaders


    » Build and equip a preschool
    » Train staff to run the preschool
    » Provide equipment and learning materials
    » Support and monitor the teachers and carers

    What success will look like

    Seeing preschool children learning to read and write and moving into school. Future qualifications and employment are long-term measures of success. 30% of children is success.

    Aim 4

    Establish a feeding project to nourish the children, especially during drought seasons


    » Establish teams to organise food collection and distribution, through church leaders and community elders to ensure those in greatest need are helped
    » Identify nutritious food sources
    » Identify transport facilities and ensure food safety through clean storage
    » Identify those in greatest need

    What success will look like

    Measuring the number of children suffering from malnutrition and death compared with similar periods pre-project such as during drought season. 10% reduction is success.

    Aim 5

    Help the communities achieve self-sustainability by helping them start micro businesses


    » Identify suitable businesses for the area
    » Identify individuals with skills that may be developed to create potential business owners
    » Give the necessary training in how to achieve marketable produce and run a business
    » Support and monitor progress to ensure the project is sustainable

    What success will look like

    Monitor the amount of produce generated and assess whether the business is self-sustaining, and how many people it either employs or supports. Supporting 5 people is success.

  • Impact


    The project will improve the life chances of orphans, the elderly and vulnerable. They will enjoy better health, nutrition and education and have the opportunity to become self-funding. If 1 in 3 of the population take part in the project, it will be a success. If there is a 10% reduction in death from malnutrition or preventable health condition, that will be a success. If 30% of the children go on to further education, that is great success.


    Government policy cannot be mitigated against but good relations with the authorities help
    Climate change - severe drought could make the needs insatiable, but we have limited resources so will have to keep fundraising to raise up more ICBCs
    Communities may be resistant to change – our other ICBC projects have succeeded as we train and equip respected local community members
    Corruption/theft – we choose leaders with integrity and have close links with the projects to promote a culture of honesty


    Donors will receive a monthly email newsletter with a financial summary of how the money has been used once the project is established
    Progress will also be published on the website and social media (Facebook/Twitter)
    Individual requests for information will be handled via our UK administrator

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £39,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Training Leaders Training a Pastor/Leader and school staff
      £22,000 Fabrication Building materials, labour etc
      £3,000 Learning materials Preschool equipment, Health education classes x 12
      £5,000 Health Clinic equipment and
      £2,000 Micro Business set up Training 5 business owners
      £2,500 Business equipment Business equipment for 5 people eg Beehives
      £1,000 Equipment Provide food storage facilities
      £2,000 Food distribution Labour/Transport/Power etc
  • Background


    Swaziland’s population is approximately 1 million with 400,000 orphans and vulnerable children, landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique. In the 1990’s Swaziland was declared to have the highest HIV/AIDs infection rate in the world, with life expectancy of 32 years. This means the population is young, average 18, and the head of the household is often a child. Poverty and malnutrition exacerbated by drought is common.


    The main beneficiaries will be inhabitants of remote regions affected by poverty, drought, disease and malnutrition. Children will receive education, adults will be supported to start micro businesses, and all will benefit from better nutrition and healthcare. Better facilities and sense of community will enhance the lives of all involved.
    Ultimately, Swaziland will benefit from better-educated and motivated young people able to participate as citizens and live longer to serve their country

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have already set up 15 successful ICBCs and have learned from those experiences. We understand the needs and the culture of the people and have links with the government agencies in the country who identify those with greatest needs. We keep overheads to a minimum and have a robust system of checking how funds are spent. None of the Trustees or Board Members receive any income from the charity. Most work is carried out on a voluntary basis by those who have visited our projects in Swaziland

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Simon Howard, CEO

    Longstanding supporter. Invests personal time and money. Regularly inspects projects and meets the Swazi team in situ. Drives projects forward enthusi

    Lois Turner

    Has served with the charity in Swaziland for over a year. With experience and heart for Swaziland, she brings knowledge and useful personal contacts

    Sandra Tomes

    Experienced in business management, with organisational and admin skills to facilitate the project. Has visited and sponsors a child in the project

    Tony Barwell

    Business and technology skills and understands the charity very well, having personally financially supported many projects and children