The Smart family working in Eswatini

In November 2017, we moved to Eswatini (which used to be called Swaziland) to become long-term volunteer Missionaries with Elim Missions and Challenge Ministries Swaziland at an amazing town named Bulembu, which serves about 350 orphaned and vulnerable children and is a centre of community enterprise providing hundreds of jobs, with all profits going to the childcare  programme.

Bulembu kids homes

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Why Eswatini?

Eswatini is in crisis. With the highest AIDS rate in the world of 27% of a population around a million, this leaves about 1 in 5 children without adult family. There are approximately 230,000 orphaned and vulnerable children who need care. With a focus on ‘In community, by community’, Challenge Ministries and Bulembu Ministries are working together to build a sustainable future for this generation of children one child at a time.

Challenge Ministries Swaziland (CMS) is working to build a sustainable future for this generation of children one child at a time, with children’s homes, pre-schools, health clinics, and church plants. We are working for Elim Missions UK, who partner with CMS.

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What do we do?

We live at the small town of Bulembu, and are involved in worship training through teaching music and movement and mainly via our Worship Academy for young adults. The worship academy teaches bible foundations for the arts, building godly character, and music with a worship focus. It is soon to include mime, dance and other art forms. We also serve in the media team and a variety of areas of IT support and Royal Rangers Discovery group (age 8-10) where Rachel teaches movement merits and Dan is currently running a piano club at the high school. Through music and movement training with a worship focus we aim to give the young people a means of exploring and expressing their faith through creative outlets that they really enjoy whilst building strong relationships.

Over the past few years, we have been involved in many things, including IT training, computer skills training, and teaching at the High School.

How can you help?

We are voluntary workers, which means each year we have to fundraise all of our annual living costs. We need your support each year to help us – either one-off donations or regular giving, no matter how small or big. You can do this online!

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