Sew ‘n Sow

Soroptimist International of Stockport is funding a project called Sew n Sow. The Sew element has been to provide the ladies of the community of Msunduza Centre with two industrial sewing machines and training. They are now producing school uniforms and have made all the pre-school children at the Centre a uniform.  They have started to make a small profit which they are ploughing back into the running costs of the Centre.
A classroom of PIES children wearing uniforms made by the local women
A classroom of PIES children wearing uniforms made by the local women.
The sow element is to have a vegetable plot where they can grow vegetables for use at the Care Centre and any surplus will be sold off. Due to the drought situation they have not been able to start on this although the Salvation Army has made a secure plot available for them to start when the rains eventually come.



It has been an exciting year for Partners in Education Swaziland as we develop our partnership with the charity SOS Villages and work towards opening a new centre in Malagwane on the outskirts of Mbabane. Concerned that there were an increasing number of vulnerable children requiring our services but whose needs were not being met, we took the decision to open a new Care Centre which supports the local community in neighbouring Malagwane and in particular will feed around 50 vulnerable children. A site in Malagwane was identified which required appropriate Government approvals and site preparation. Following this work has commenced and the basic building structure is in place. Much of the construction work has been undertaken by the community. We are now raising the funds to pay for internal works such as sanitation, kitchen and general furnishings. Private donations together with donations from Soroptimist and Rotary Clubs in the UK have been received to assist with the construction work. It is hoped to open the new Centre in early 2017. In the meantime an emergency feeding station has been established for the children and meals are currently being provided for about 60 per day. The menu usually consists of rice or porridge with vegetable soup, beans, peas and spinach or cabbage. This has made a huge difference in the lives of the children of Malagwane. IMG_0607As with the Msunduza Centre, the new Centre will provide an early childhood care and development programme each day ensuring pre-school children receive breakfast and lunch. In the afternoons the Centre will provide lunch to other needy children. Members of the community will help at the Centre as volunteers cooking meals and providing basic education to pre-school children. It is anticipated that in time the Centre will become self-supporting which will enable us to utilise our finances to help other needy children.
Work has started........
Work has started……..
First course of bricks are laid.
First course of bricks are laid.
Taking shape.....
Taking shape…..
The construction process has been running smoothly and the people of the community have been giving support when they can. It is hoped that construction of the Centre will soon be finished. We are now waiting for the electricity to be connected – and then it will be all systems go!

£5 – What Can You Buy with £5?

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  • A local bus ride……
  • A fancy coffee and a sticky bun………
  • Two and a half Lottery tickets…….
  • A couple of magazines or newspapers for a few days….
  • FIVE items from Poundland……….
  • Part of a cinema ticket………
  • A bag of fish n chips……………
  • A bottle of wine…………..


You can feed one of our vulnerable children for A MONTH.

It isn’t a lot to ask in the scheme of things – but it can be the difference between life and death to these children.


Please go to the ‘Donate’ page and send us just £5.