Swaziland Day of Service
Caregivers at Emguleni Neighbourhood Care Point (NCP), in Motshane, northern Swaziland, take care of 28 children from their community. WFP provides two hot meals each day to orphans and vulnerable children at more than 1,550 NCPs. The programme is run with the help of community volunteers who prepare the meals, provide early education and support the children emotionally.
WFP Representative Heather Hill led UN staff in a day of community service at Emguleni NCP in Motshane on UN Day. Here, she presents paint on behalf of UN staff to the NCP’s volunteer caregivers and to community head man, Elijah Shongwe.
UN staff build fences with community members to protect the mango and citrus trees they planted at Emguleni NCP. Planting fruit trees will complement WFP’s feeding programme for children with a new source of sustainable, fresh foods.
Tinto Medzane, a rural health motivator from the area, says the community struggles to provide care for vulnerable and orphaned children, many of whom have lost both parents or live in households led by other children. Here, she and her colleagues give children toys and educational materials donated by UN staff.
For last year’s UN Day, WFP planted trees with the children at Selula Sandla orphanage. This year staff planned a Volunteer Day to revisit the orphanage to see how the children - and the trees - had grown.
The photo gallery showcases WFP activities on UN Day, 24 November. UN Day is commemorated around the world, and in Swaziland the UN staff chose to celebrate with a Day of Service. Click through to see how WFP reached out to caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children and community leaders in northern Swaziland for the occasion.