Reducing Vulnerability of Children at the Grassroot
Location: Swaziland: Hhohho and Manzini Regions
Participants: 3,000 vulnerable children; 90 NCPs; 27,000 community members;
Main funding provided by the European Union with Euros 1.5 M over 40 months;
The project is executed by Palms for Life Fund, Swaziland.
In late 2014, the EU awarded Palms for Life Fund a grant to contribute to the wellbeing of most vulnerable children in Swaziland by strengthening and enabling community organizations, namely Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs), to provide sustainable quality services to these children. Using participatory methods and anchored in a policy framework, the project began the pre-positioning phase of implementation in January 2015.
The project’s core objectives include:
Strategic Objective 1:
Strengthening community ownership of 90 NCPs by mobilizing and building NCP capacity and assisting NCPs to establish sustainable micro-democracies.
Strategic Objective 2:
Improving critical community assets and lifeskills at marginalized NCPs, which improves service delivery and infrastructure for vulnerable children, focusing on health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, with the full participation of community members.
Strategic Objective 3:
Strengthening and support NCPs’ abilities to provide and maintain reliable food systems for themselves, in a hygienic and safe environment, leading to changes in behavior/practices.