Sithobela Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


Community members formed five savings groups with our help, providing them with access to interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans so they can better provide for their children. 23 families with malnourished children received goats and learned how to care for them, making it possible for parents to give their children nutritious milk and earn income by selling the animals' offspring. Local schools planted vegetable gardens after we supplied them with seeds, equipment, and training, enabling them to provide nutritious food for 107 orphans and vulnerable children. In partnership with local health centers, we trained 30 peer educators and 19 teachers in values-based life skills education to prevent the spread of HIV and reduce discrimination against those impacted by the virus. 250 people attended an event commemorating World AIDS Day, which aimed to raise awareness of HIV prevention and decrease discrimination, stigma, and myths surrounding HIV and AIDS. Home-based caregivers equipped by World Vision provided care and emotional support for 66 people living with HIV or AIDS and 656 orphans and vulnerable children. 49 rural health workers were trained in food preparation and preservation. Through home visits, they taught community members how to prepare nutritious meals for their children. 420 households gained access to clean water from borehole wells drilled in three communities. 300 families installed latrines with our help to reduce the prevalence of sanitation-related illnesses. Disaster response committees from nine communities were trained in disaster management and updated their disaster plans. 52 parents with disabled children participated in workshops on how to handle challenges and how to get help in caring and advocating for their children. In addition, we helped community members form a committee that is working to improve the participation of disabled children in community activities.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Advocacy|


  • Swaziland>Lubombo


  • Agriculture
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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