Swaziland Summer 2016

Gege Carepoint, June 2016.

From left to right--cooking structure, water silo, and preschool. The CarePoint also has a multipurpose building and chicken coop that are not pictured.

Anna and Elise playing fiddle tunes for the children. Elise had to swap her cello for a ukelele, due to luggage constraints.

Swazi Children at Gege

During out trip to Swaziland summer 2016, we got to play with the kids at the Children's Hopechest Gege CarePoint. They are absolutely priceless.

Fun Day at Gege CarePoint

 

Library and Cooking Structure

While in Swaziland, we saw the completed cooking structure at Makanyane CarePoint and the in progress library at Gege CarePoint. Thank you for helping us fund these projects at the Strings for Swaziland concert 2015!

 

Fun Day

Our team organized a "Fun Day" during our time at the CarePoint. The children rotated through several stations--double dutch, face painting, a bouncy house, crafts, and soccer--then received a special meal with meat, a food item the children receive rarely. While we saw the kids enjoying themselves freely, we also saw the poverty that wasn't visible while the kids were in school uniforms. Mirrors are very rare in Gege, so children created their own mirrors as the craft for Fun Day. The jewels symbolize that they are priceless. When they look in the mirror they can also remember that they are created in the image of God.

 

Team Projects

While in Swaziland, our team completed several projects. We painted the exterior and interior of the preschool building, repaired the bathroom door, and painted tires as decoration for the CarePoint. Because of the severe drought in Swaziland, previous attempts at growing plants in the CarePoint have not been successful. In lieu of plants, our team planted tires and painted them to add some color to the CarePoint.

 

Swaziland Geography

Swaziland is a very beautiful country that divides into four topographical regions ranging from mountainous terrain to subtropical valleys. The sunsets are a stunning shade of red, in part, due to the use of burning to clear areas.

Photo Credits: Esther Lee