Tallie: Bulembu Now We’re Here

This article is written by Tallie.

It is a blessing to be with Bulembu, the scenic village we now call home. The children are all fluent in both English and the beautiful sounding language of Swaziland, SiSwati.

As students at Bulembu Christian Academy Primary we wear white school shirts and blue v-neck jerseys with a grey skirt or pair of trousers and white socks. The school grade system works in names of insects for the pre-primary, grade 1-7 for the primary and forms 1-5 for the high school. I am in grade 5, Seren grade 3 and Anaya grade 1.

After school grades 4+ attend one hour of either a sport or club of their choice – depending on the day. The choices consist of the following:


  • Sibhaca ( boys national dance)
  • Umiso  ( girls national dance)
  • African/modern dance
  • IT
  • Knitting
  • Drama


  • Junior soccer
  • Senior soccer
  • Girls soccer
  • Netball
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis

These go on for an hour after school, and are a lot of fun.
The church consists of around 500+ people, not including around 120 children and junior youth. Every Sunday all the Child Care kids and aunties, many workers and their kids attend. The sound of worship music welcomes the kids going to kids church, split into small kids of 2-5,  children of  6-11 and the 12+ are in for a treat, Junior Youth!

All the children are so friendly, and we have three very special friends. It is so lovely to see them waiting at the school gate every day, giving big hugs and giving beautiful cards at every occasion.
Bulembu is a village containing around 400 vulnerable orphan babies, children, teens and young adults all coming from very difficult backgrounds. Every year numerous teams  come and help us out. You can make a difference in these children’s lives. You can:

  • Sponsor a child
  • Book a visit
  • Join a team
  • Monthly donations
  • Or even just a one off donation can make a big difference.

If you want to find out more you are welcome to visit Bulembu’s official website at bulembu.org


5 thoughts on “Tallie: Bulembu Now We’re Here

  • 15th May 2018 at 4:08 pm

    This is lovely. Tallie, you have a wonderful, lively way of writing, better than many adults I know! I can really see you all there! Its great to know more about your daily life in Bulembu as well. In the photos I’ve seen it looks like a beautiful place. I hope to be able to visit you in the coming year!

    You sound happy and I’m very glad to hear you have made good friends. Love to you and the littlies, mum and dad, your friends and all the children. God bless. Aunty Deb xxx

    • 17th May 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you auntie Debbie I am so looking forward to knowing the date! I enjoyed writing the post. Miss you lots!
      From talliexxxx

  • 18th May 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you for this blog Tallie, it was very interesting! I wish you were in my class at school as you are such a good writer!!! It sounds like there lots of club choices. Which do you and your sisters do?
    Aunty Rachel xxx

  • 30th May 2018 at 10:17 am

    What an interesting and well-written article! I am so impressed with the clarity and continuity and the great choices of descriptive words! They painted a beautiful picture for me in my mind of your life there. Thanks for doing this, Tal. I miss you all so much. – Mary

  • 30th May 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Well done Tallie.Its good to be kept informed of how and what you are doing.Its good that so many go to church.We are glad that you seem to have settled there ok.Love to you and all your family.Joh


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