More Covid News

And none of it is good –

We recently received a report from the Salvation Army about how Covid was affecting life in Eswatini and it makes a pretty grim read.  

As people were restricted to taking precautionary safety measures by staying at home there was also an unfortunate increase of gender based and domestic violence in many families. The country also experienced some very atrocious abusive circumstances as men and women, parents and their children were becoming what they deemed as ‘abnormal’ in that they were now expected to spend a lot of time together at home. Many children and students, majority of them being girls, became victims of sexual abuse and, in that process they were also infected with sexual transmitted diseases, whilst some got infected with HIV. Some of the boys were forced into hard labor, including using and selling drugs and alcohol and getting involved other criminal activities such as rapes, house breakings and robbing people on the streets. Hundreds of school going young girls, sadly, fell pregnant during these days, resulting in them losing their self worth and their hopes for a better future through education dashed.

It was reported in January 2021, by one Member of Parliament, Loraine Nxumalo, that statistics sourced from the Ministry of Education and Training are revealing that 261 young girls fell pregnant in the last quarter of the year 2020, and 44 of these are primary school children!

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Update on Covid 19

Good News and Bad News

Dear Supporters

Following on from the previous COVID-19 update the evolution of the virus has increased at a slow rate in Eswatini.

As at 12 June:  486 cases.  247 recovered.  3 deaths. (more…)

Covid 19 – April Update

With the increasing impact of the Coronavirus across the world, I thought it would be useful to give you an update on the situation in eSwatini (Swaziland) and the issues with the vulnerable children we are supporting.  Over the past three weeks I have been in regular contact with friends and colleagues in Swaziland to ascertain the problems being experienced by our two Centres and the schools.

What’s going on?

Bee Keeping

Latest harvest has been sold to secure PPE equipment for the cooks and additional utensils for the kitchen. (more…)

Lockdown in Eswatini

Coronavirus has meant the there has been lockdown in Eswatini since March 27th for 30 days.  Our feeding centres are now both closed which is extremely concerning as in some cases the meal we provide is the only meal some of our youngsters have each day. (more…)

PIES is the Winner!

Burton Copeland Solicitors, in support of PIES, held a quiz night at Manchester City Etihad Stadium and it was attended by around 270 people, mainly from the legal fraternity of…

Andy achieves personal best!

Andy Irwin did it!  He ran the Birmingham 10k from beginning to end!   He says that usually his idea of a run is 'for the bus' and then 'congratulates himself…

Special Shoes for a Special Girl

On our visit to Swaziland in May we were introduced to Sinenhlanhla by her headteacher.  Sinenhlanhla is a vulnerable child struggling at home living with her parents and 4 siblings. …

Girls in Trouble

During the Trustees’ May visit to sponsored children, it was discovered that twin sponsored girls were having difficulties with their home life.  They were living in a threatening environment which…