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Eswatini Develops reintegration guidelines

Eswatini Develops reintegration guidelines

SOS Children’s Villages management has met to analyze and validate the newly developed reintegration guidelines at Mdolomba this July. Over the years the organisation has had challenges in re-integrating children back to their families and communities, mostly because reintegration is a very delicate, sensitive and emotional process for all stakeholders involved. It cannot be one size fit all approach as children come into alternative care for various reasons and have unique challenges. The reintegration guidelines have been developed after the introduction of the SOS Children’s Villages Regional Reintegration Guidelines (2021). The National Association started the process of engaging relevant stakeholders towards the localization of the regional reintegration guidelines in March 2022. These stakeholders involved Alternative Care Coordinators, Social Workers, Foster Care Manager, Programme Directors, Children & Young People and the Department of Social Welfare Social Workers. The stakeholders reviewed the regional guidelines and shared their inputs on critical issues that the local reintegration guidelines should consider.

The aim of these guidelines is to improve the reintegration of all children who have been separated children through an emergency and non-emergency situations. The main objectives of the guidelines is to streamline and standardize the child reintegration process across all programme locations within the National Association. This is to ensure compliance and alignment with locally and internationally recognized child care frameworks, reintegration frameworks and child care Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and processes. The guidelines will improve quality child care service delivery and standardize child care practices. The various stakeholders input is being incorporated into the developed reintegration guidelines, to also align it with the Leaving Care Guide. The final product will be shared with the board for approval.

Emergency placement guidelines

The National Management Team together with Programme Management reviewed the emergency placement guidelines at Mdolomba, in a meeting held on the 14 July 2022. In recent times many global and national factors have cause children to lose parental care, such as Covid-19 and the recent political unrest. As a key stakeholders to alternative care, SOS Children’s Villages has opted to introduce another care option to support government during urgent situation where an immediate placement is needed for a child who in on the verge of losing parental care or has already lost it. This care option will give the Department of Social Welfare adequate time to investigate on possibilities of reintegrating the child with his/her biological parents or immediate next of keen within the kinship care setting.

After all this has been exhausted to the fullest and it is discovered that the child need to be placed in alternative care, this will still be within the government social workers as duty bearers of alternative care to identify and effect the best necessity and suitable alternative care option for the child. SOS Children’s Villages share the strong sentiment as highlighted in the UN guidelines that the institutionalization of children should be prevented where possible while families and communities continue to be given priority in providing alternative care for children who have lost parental care. The emergency care option is a short and temporal care of not more than 6 months, customized to provide suitable child care in a family like situation that will embrace the rights and needs of the child. This document has been successfully validated and ready for submission to the board.

A big milestone for the foster care programme

The 29th July 2022 marked a big milestone for the foster care programme, as it successfully placed a child into the hands of a capable and loving family, who desired to provide a loving home for the child. This event came after a whole year of waiting for the Ntjangase family, who had been recommended by the foster care placement committee to foster. There were challenges in getting children to be matched with potential foster parents. Although, this is not to say that there are no vulnerable children in the country, however, most vulnerable children had already been placed in other alternative care settings. The Department of Social welfare in partnership with SOS children’s villages had to mitigate the challenges by developing guidelines for emergency placement, so that children are placed in suitable and necessary care settings, hence the success of a child being placed with the right family. The Ntjangase family were very excited to receive the child, who matched their preferred requirements.

The national foster care programme was officially launched March 2021, and saw over 30 potential foster parents applications. The Ntjangase family was among the applicants, who were interested to help raise a child who needed a family. “My wife and I decided to apply for the programme as we have do not have a child yet, also so that we can provide a home for a child who does not have a home and a family. We also believe that we can be capable to provide for the child with the resources that God has blessed us with. We are blessed, not for our own, but to be a blessing to others. I would sincerely encourage others to join the programme and help provide a loving home for a child in need”, said Mr. Ntjangase.

The National foster care programme continues to welcome applications of EmaSwati who are willing to become foster parents and provide a warm and loving home for a child in need.

To apply visit; www.

Handcraft puts food on my table

Handcraft puts food on my table

Make Dlamini a single parent caregiver of two young boys, who lives in the Siphocosini inkhundla, makes a living through hand crafts and sustenance farming of a vegetables garden. Mrs Dlamini had the land and water as available resources when she lobbied to SOS for support of seedlings to be able to grow a garden for her family consumption and to make a living by selling the surplus. Mrs Dlamini weaves baskets and sells them to the local and neighbouring countries to support her family. SOS Children’s Villages under the Family strengthening programme in Mbabane has assisted Mrs. Dlamini with money management skills and financial literacy as well as household management skills for her to be able to manage and provide for her household needs.

SOS Children’s villages ensures that many more children do not go to bed hungry by supporting their families to keep healthy vegetable gardens. The organisation ensures that families provide adequate nutrition to their children and support their development.

Training of Media Houses on Alternative Care and Foster care

SOS Children’s Villages in Collaboration with the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office organized a media training to sensitize journalist on alternative care options in particular foster care. In attendance during the training were six different media houses, with a total of twelve journalist who were trained and given a media package consisting of the UN Guidelines on alternative care; Eswatini Guidelines on Alternative Care amongst other child protection laws related documents.

With the upcoming foster care media campaign to be launched prospectively on 15 March 2021, SOS Children’s Villages Eswatini together with the DPMO’s office, ensure that the media has a buy in first, and are trained to understand the situation of children without parental care in the context of Eswatini. Discussing in particular the solutions to those problems, as well as the media’s role in the matter.

During the training, which was held at the Hilton Gardens inn hotel, it was highlighted that Eswatini has about 40-child care Centre’s, of which the Government only owns and manages one of them. These Centre’s cater for over 2000 children, who are in need of parental care, making foster care a need in Eswatini, said Sindi Dube, Director of the Department of Social welfare.

The media will be very instrumental in assisting to educate the Swazi nation about foster care and alternative care options as a whole, since it is a new concept in the country.  During several presentations, it came out well in a research study done by SOS Children’s Villages Eswatini in the Shiselweni Region, that Swazis are used to taking care of children within their extended family settings, making kinship care an informal care option that is commonly practiced. However, the issue of children without adequate parental care is prevalent in the country as more homesteads are child headed.

Makhosini Mndawe, Principal Secretary of the Deputy Prime minister’s Office said ,” the Government is working tirelessly in formalizing Alternative care options for Emaswati, in particular implementing foster care to support the needs of children without parental care”, when talking to the media during an interview. He further thanked SOS Children’s Villages for the support in taking initiative to work with Government in solving these issues. The success of the training was visible as the media was commenting and publishing stories of the training on-air (Television and Radio) and on Print. Both major newspaper covered the article as well as an online source. Together these media platforms reach more than 500 thousand audiences.

THE BIG WIN, First Runner up – JA Winning

SOS Children’s Villages Eswatini signed a partnership agreement with Junior Achievement (JA) Eswatini. This initiative saw the formation of three companies namely; Ekutfokomeni Youth Pride Company from Siteki, Vigour Development Company from Nhlangano and Revolution of the Youngsters from Mbabane. These companies are owned by a total of 109 young people from the MA where 52 are from Siteki, 32 from Nhlangano and 25 from Mbabane Programme Locations. That is not all as the whole Programme is divided into two sections in each location.

For youth aged between 13 and 15 the offering is financial literacy, where the youngsters are given a chance to participate as Lubane Cooperative Society members and holders of student accounts at Eswatini Bank. The Mini Companies mentioned above belong to the young people who are aged 16 and above. Aimed at empowering young people, the mini-companies are formed to equip members with financial and entrepreneurship skills, including starting income-generating projects over a managed period of time (normally 10 weeks) from start to liquidation. They buy shares and use that amount as start-up capital for their income generating projects. After liquidation, these companies compete against other mini companies formed by students in different schools. The competitions start in Regions where the top four schools then compete nationally. SOS youth were new players in the game, but this did not stop them from entering the competitions.

Ekutfokomeni Youth Pride Company obtained second position and a trophy in the Lubombo Region after showcasing their company which produces broiler chickens and peanut butter. Vigour Development Company obtained position 6 in the Shiselweni Region and the products they produce are hand/dish washing liquid and broilers while Revolution of the Youngsters produces African jewellery and other pieces of art and they obtained position 5 in the Hhohho Region.

These companies are composed of highly motivated, focused, vibrant and committed boys and girls who need minimum supervision. They surprised their facilitators by working extra hard and respecting the leaders that they chose amongst themselves as Executive Committee Members. All shareholders were cooperative and goal driven until the end.

By history and perception, children who find themselves in the hands of SOS Children’s Villages, depend solely on donors, that is, money just comes from donors and young people are supposed to sit back and watch the donor carry them all the steps of their lives without putting in any effort. These company initiatives are here to overturn such a perception and get youth to align themselves with the mission statement of SOS Children’s Villages “We build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures and we share in the development of their communities”. These companies aim at strengthening the capability of youth to shape their own futures through financial empowerment and entrepreneurship.`

World children’s day

The children hosted the event. The program directors of the day created a pleasant mood and started the event by inviting the distinguished guest to the dance floor. The children had well prepared for the event with the assistance of their SOS mothers and educational teachers. During the event, different children were reimagine a better world for every child sharing inspirational messages to teach, poetry to motivate and drama to inspire. They had beautifully displayed their artwork, that was used to teach about wrong habits to avoid during covid-19 and inspire others children with skills to be busy with during the schools lockdown. Dances were the order of the day as both boys and girls interchanged dances moves entertaining the guest.

Although he appreciated the government intervention with providing free educational lessons through the national television and radio, he commented that virtual/ online learning has now passive and not interactive, as not many chances are afforded to students to ask at home whilst the lessons are ongoing. The student teacher interaction is minimal and thus students learn without understanding and comprehension of concepts.

During an open dialogue Bandile Mabuza representing children in the Kingdom of Eswatini commented on the issues that children face during this pandemic, such as Gender based Violence that results to mental health issues in teenagers. He provided statistics that continue to show the gender inequality that prevails in Eswatini. He made an example of how young boys who impregnate girls are still allowed to continue with their education whilst, girls are kicked out of school and discontinue their education. Bandile emphasized the importance of equal education and stated that the lack of adequate ICT gadgets continue to create a huge educational divide between the poor and the affording learners.

He pleaded to the government and partners to provide less privileged children with the technological gadgets they need for virtual leaning to make their learning smooth. Bandile further suggested that schools could be opened with strengthened regulations during the pandemic. He concluded his open dialogue speech by requesting children’s representative in parliament or youth parliament to tackle most if not all children issues.

Every child is a treasure

UN Resident Coordinator; Nathalie Ndongo- Seh, applauded all the children for their impactful participation and dialogue. She said she was delighted in celebrating the day with the children at the SOS children’s Villages Mbabane. She further highlighted that every a child is treasure and the future of Eswatini. Although this year has been a year of devastation, she promised that the UN and partners would continue to fight for all children to go back to school and not fall into poverty.

Director of the children’s department at the Deputy Prime Ministers Office, Mhambi Ndlangamandla said “Everything you have said we will take into consideration when we are developing programmes for children in the department”.

Concluding the event, UNICEF Natalie Daries, who is head of child protection at UNICEF Eswatini Country Office was representing the Country Representative, mentioned that there is great improvement in the health and educational systems of Eswatini. She acknowledge that there is still more work to be done to ensure that every child is protected and can learn in order to reach their dreams.

I am a child!

The past week saw African countries celebrating the life of a child.  SOS Children’s Villages in Swaziland also joined forces with all other partners working in the country in commemorating this day. I took time out to discover who a child is and this does not mean I don’t have children myself or don’t know them but I really wanted to understand a Child from a perspective of a child. Often we assume who children are and what they believe in, want and basically their inner thoughts. So I took my pen and paper and comfortably sat with them for heart to heart conversations. Believe this had been one of my greatest lessons and informative conversations. From now on I believe me and you will learn and know what and who a Child is.

I am the child, all the world waits for my coming. All the earth watches with interest to see what I shall become. Civilization hangs in the balance. For what I am, the world of tomorrow will be. I am the child, I have come into your world, about which I know nothing, Why I came I know not, How I came I know not, I am curious, I am interested. I am the child, you hold in your hand my destiny, you determine, largely, whether I shall succeed or fail. Give me those things that make for happiness. Train me, I beg you, That I may be a blessing to the world. Always know that as my parent or relative I look up to you. Carve and walk your path well so that I may follow. There shall come a time where I will carve my own path but let your early influence not be one that me make my own path one filled with crooked ways, grief, pain and sorrow. I am only but a sponge and sucking in all that you present to me, let these not be what will harm the world in future.

Cannot Talk

I am the child who cannot talk. You often pity me; I see it in your eyes. You wonder how much I am aware of, yes I see that as well. I am aware of much, whether you are happy or sad or fearful, patient or impatient, full of love and desire, or if you are just doing your duty by me. I marvel at your frustration, knowing mine to be far greater, for I cannot express myself or my needs as you do. You cannot conceive my isolation, so complete it is at times. I do not gift you with clever conversation, cute remarks to be laughed over and repeated. I do not give you answers to your everyday questions, responses over my well-being, sharing my needs, or comments about the world about me. I do not give you rewards as defined by the world’s standards, great strides in development that you can credit yourself, I do not give you understanding as you know it. What I give you is so much more valuable — I give you instead opportunities. Yes, I give you opportunities to discover the depth of your character, not mine, the depth of your love, your commitment, your patience, your abilities, the opportunity to explore your spirit more deeply than you imagined possible. I drive you further than you would ever go on your own, working harder, seeking answers to your many questions with no answers. Yes, I am the child who cannot talk.

Cannot Walk

I am the child who cannot walk. The world seems to pass me by. Yes indeed you see the longing in my eyes to get out of this chair, to run and play like other children, just like your carefree bubbly children at play, I wish and long to be like them too. There is much you take for granted. I want the toys on the shelf, I need to go to the bathroom, oh I’ve dropped my fork again, but do you know how much I want to quickly run and pick it up myself self. Do you how much I sit each day and wish just to kick the ball. But all I know is I am dependent on you in these ways. My gift to you is to make you more aware of your great fortune, your healthy back and legs, your ability to do for yourself. Sometimes people appear not to notice me or turn their eyes the other ways in pity or sympathy each time they see me, well I always notice them. I feel not so much envy as desire, desire to stand upright, to put one foot in front of the other, to be independent. I give you awareness. I am the child who cannot walk.

Mentally Challenged

I am the child who is mentally impaired. I don’t learn easily, if you judge me by the world’s measuring stick, what I do know is infinite joy in simple things. I am not burdened as you are with the strife’s and conflicts of a more complicated life. My gift to you is to grant you the freedom to enjoy things as a child, to teach you how much your arms around me mean, to give you love. I give you the gift of simplicity. I am the child who is mentally impaired. I laugh at simple things which are the ones which make you judge me and see my mental challenges, well to me that the beauty of life, that random smile and deep laugh and something you can’t see any joy or fun in. My world is often beautiful in its own way because I don’t get to see the real struggles but my world is one you would call a wonder and yet still I appreciate and value that I have life.


I am the disabled child. I am your teacher. If you allow me, I will teach you what is really important in life. I will give you and teach you unconditional love. I gift you with my innocent trust, my dependency upon you. I teach you about how precious this life is and about not taking things for granted. I teach you about forgetting your own needs and desires and dreams. I teach you giving. Most of all I teach you hope and faith. I am the disabled child.

Life might have put me in my present situation due to so many different circumstance and reasons, but I can still share the joy of being a child .Walk with me one more day, laugh with me, share your heart and smile, because I AM A CHILD!

Family is more than blood!

Just the other day I sat and watched in admiration how the children as siblings at SOS Children’s Villages show so much love towards each other, how they seem to be there for the other and how their protective of their siblings. To think that these children are not biologically related and found themselves within the SOS Children’s Villages due to different painful life circumstances made me realize how family is not always about blood and indeed  no child was meant to be alone.

Life for me and these children has become more likened to  a sewing pattern where the needle draws us together, pulls us near, and with every stitch, we are closer to what we were always meant to be. And with every stitch, our love grows, covering us and giving us both all that we had longed for in life, they have been given a chance to a home and family while on the other hand I have been given the chance to be among those that I love dearly, children and we all make such an amazing family filled with love and its quite visible to us all. The random bursts of laughter when we cross paths around the village, our long “what do you want to be” chats, sharing of our dreams and of course the feeling pain when the other is in pain truly shows we might not be of one biological mother or father but love lives here and we know that what we are here at SOS Children’s Villages together is real.

I may not be sure of the many reasons why these children find themselves abandoned and neglected but I am pretty sure that you are going to be touched and melted by their genuine smiles and expression of love. It’s so pure you even tend to wonder if they are not affected by their situations. In one way or another, I believe you’re meant to see that what the world calls brokenness can be a thing of sure beauty, adorned in the best possible ways, unexpected and entirely holy.

Surely we are not all born with the best families, you might have been abandoned, neglected or had parents passing  away however that doesn’t mean that you’re alone in the world. You still have a family that loves you, they just might not be related by blood. We tend to find family in so many ways such as,

1. The people that raised you – Your guardians aren’t the only ones who helped raise you. Your teachers, your neighbors, and your friends all had a hand in helping you grow into the beautiful woman you are today. Even though you didn’t live under their roofs, they were a huge part of your life.

2. The people that you can count on – Who could you always count on to drive you home from school? Who showed up when you most needed someone to play a parental or family role in your life? Who always followed through on the promises  that they made you, no matter how difficult it was for them to do? These are surely people you can call family.

3. The people that believe in you – Family should be supportive of you. They should encourage you to follow your dreams, because they have unflinching faith that you can achieve whatever goals you set. They should believe in you even more than you believe in yourself. That surely what makes the SOS Children’s Villages such a close knit family. We rally behind each other, we surely never give up on the children, their dreams automatically become ours too. We cry with them during sad times and yes cheer them with our might. I even remember how much I so believe in the young boys that II believe are the best dancers I have seen so far, oh gosh these children can dance and believe me you I am one of their greatest cheerleaders, guess what they know that too! And if only you can hear me rave about them. And that what surely makes us family.

4. The people that won’t leave your side – Family won’t leave your side when things get rough. They’ll hold their ground and help you in any way that they can. It doesn’t matter if you lose your job, lose your house, or lose yourself to drugs, because they’ll always be there for you.

5. The people that keep in touch with you – If you’ve never met your birth mother, but you spend every holiday with your step-parents, they’re your real family. It doesn’t take much to push a baby out of your womb, but it takes a lot of effort to actually raise a child. That’s why the people you keep in touch with are your real family.

6. The people that know the little things – If your blood relatives don’t know your favorite television show or song, how well do they really know you? Your friends, who know your shoe size and your least favorite Skittle color, are the ones you should really be calling family.

7. The people that feel like home – You’ll always feel uncomfortable around certain people. Meanwhile, others will make you feel safe, like you’re right where you need to be. The people that make you feel like you’re at home every time you look at them are your real family.

8. The people that accept you –  Your real family won’t care if you’re an aspiring chef or artist. They won’t care if you’re gay or straight. They won’t care about anything other than your happiness. That’s the most important thing.

9. The people that would do anything for you – Your real family will do whatever they can for you. They’ll listen to you talk about nothing for hours. They’ll let you stay at their house when you had nowhere else to go. They’ll even take a bullet for you.

10. The people that love you –Family is all about love. That’s why you can consider your friends, coworkers, and pets family. If they love you and you love them, then you have a bond that’s even thicker than blood.

Khanyi’s Story


I am a 27 years old girl, born in Nhlambeni, Manzini. I was told that my birth brightened my parent’s life hence I was named Khanyisile.  However sometimes I wonder what happened to that “Light” because I was eventually raised up by my father single handedly. Did I mention that my father was not only just raising me a girl up alone but I had a younger sibling, which naturally made me turn into my brother’s mother when my father was away or when the was need to.

As if the misery of being raised by a father alone was not enough, disaster struck us once again when our father died just as I turned seven years old. The responsibility of bringing up me and my younger brother immediately fell on my grandmother. My grandmother tried all she could to take care of us, and she also took us to school all by herself as she would sell food at the markets. Later when I was ten, my grandmother was hit by stroke as she could not bear the loss of my father. But honestly was God there, was he watching over us and did He really love us, why were we suddenly losing all the people that were raising us, how were we supposed to grow up now. How on earth does a ten-year-old girl like me deal with all this now, what was happening to me and my brother, as young as he was, he looked up to me during nights when we had no food, he would ask me why we were suddenly not going to school and tell me how much he missed his friends at school.

Turning Point

Our life was such a roller coaster as the community would throw in what they could whenever they could. Difficult as life was we are grateful that the community was there for us, hence they alerted the Social Welfare Department about our plight and our journey of admission to SOS Children’s Villages began. We were engulfed with so much fear of being in a new place and with new people. But the mother we were given treated me and my brother lovingly. For the first time we felt love, we saw love and everyone around us seemed to be full of love, our new SOS mother introduced us to our new SOS brothers and sisters. I felt at home after a long time and started crying but this time it was with joy. We were a total of ten brothers and sisters in the family. My brother was also in the same house. One of my first memories is about my mother teaching me how to bake muffins. The love with which she helped me prepare the dough perhaps made the muffins more delicious. My SOS mother was a caring and loving person. She could somehow feel the trauma I had been through. She would spend long hours with us in the house, telling stories, encouraging and motivating us.  Gradually, I started opening up and began interacting with other children in the village. On weekends and week-days after school, I would play with them; skipping, volleyball and soccer were my favorites.

Over the years I started doing well at my school. It was surely because of the motivation on my mother’s part and the help I got from my SOS family. In the year 2008, I passed Grade 12 and later went to the University of Namibia for my first degree (BSc Hons in Agricultural Economics). Now I work for an organization as Assistant Project Coordinator, in which I am responsible for projects like youth employability capacity building, capacity building for CBOs on project management, and working directly with young people to improve their “soft skills”. Yes, I am happy, it all feels like giving back what was given to me. On the other note, I am looking forward to my admission for my Master’s degree as I am applying in various institutions. Oh Yes, for as long as there are people called Professors out there, Who Am I Not to Be??? Hahahaha…

I am very happy and thankful to SOS Children’s Villages for giving me a loving home and a bright future. I confidently confirm that I received love and care that a child needs to blossom into a responsible adult. Contributions from donors like you helped me in receiving a happy childhood and secure future. When I learnt that SOS Children’s Villages launched a fundraising campaign which calls every Swazi to support SOS Children’s Villages with at least ONE LILANGENI, tears streamed through my eyes as I remembered that had it not been for a man called Hermann Gmeiner who started a similar initiative so many years ago to assist children who had been in my situation, I would have not been who I am today.

You can be that chance today that a child in a similar circumstance and situation like mine gets a chance to life and education. Support SOS Children’s Villages today, donate ONE LILANGENI or more by simply dialing, *007*03*04*032# and sending the donation through Swazi MTN Mobile Money.

The Rainbow After My Storm

Each time there is a storm I rejoice not because of the damage it does but because I surely know there is a rainbow coming through. After all I have seen it happen in my own life, after the storm of losing both my parents when I was six years old in 2001. That was the most traumatic time of my life, imagine I was only six years old and suddenly my world changed drastically for me and my siblings. I never knew how to pray much at that age, but I knew there was God somewhere who was watching us, but for most of my time I would cry and wish for my parents. Just as if that was not enough my uncle who was our guardian suddenly died too, once again we were left with no one. What a storm we were going through with my siblings. Suddenly we were taken to SOS Children’s Villages in Nhlangano. Oh the God that I knew was watching was finally showing me He was there, here I was now in a house, with a loving mother and other children. Finally, I was warm after all my cold days and nights of crying and wishing for my parents. And cherry on top was that finally I was going to school like all other children.

About me

Well do you know me now, guess what I am now a bubbly twenty-one-year old young woman who is a dreamer. I am a girl of my world, who knows what I want and will not give up on my dreams, I have grown to be a responsible and independent young person. I am an active young woman who is always playful. I like telling jokes to my friends and family. I grew up in love with sports especially athletics, I have passion for it. It helps keep my body fit and health. Being involved in sports helps me Also, sports keeps me busy rather than doing things that I will regret in life. I am a multi-talented young person, a jack of all traits, as I am a competent athlete, netball star and a master of Volleyball. I have been shining in my schools in these different categories and have been known in my circles for such games.

Life at SOS

SOS Children’s Villages has been an extremely good home to me and my siblings. There are days when I wonder what could have happened to us would it not for been for SOS Children’s Villages. They gave me the chance to grow up in a home with so much love. I once again had the opportunity to have a person I can call a mother and what a good mother I had. She taught me and all the children she was raising in our family home to take good care of ourselves, how to do things at our own even though I sometimes I had a tough time when my mother would tell us to do house chores or ask me to do something but it is only now that I realize what a naughty child I would become sometimes and how patient, loving and caring she was. I sometimes thank God for the patience and wisdom that she gives SOS Mothers, because I have I have since realized how challenging raising a child can be, how much more when a mother raises ten children. These mothers indeed have a heart of gold. I am who I am now because of her together with the whole SOS Children’s Villages family, I really am grateful for you all.


After my high school education, I enrolled for a secretarial course at Ngwane Park Youth and Training Centre where I obtained a Diploma in Secretarial and Business Skills in December 2016. I love this course because as I was growing up all I wanted was to work for big successfully companies, drive a big car and be the best I could be in the world and yes my dreams came true. Today I am a proud graduate. On the day I graduated tears were just streaming down my face as I remembered the storm that I had been through after losing my parents. Who could have though that this orphan was destined for greatness and could one day wear the big graduation gown and hat I was wearing. I cannot thank SOS Children’s Villages enough for rescuing me when all hope was lost and everything had crumbled around us.


Despite being a graduate I still I want to further my studies. My dreams are still very big, I see myself in a very big office, I want to travel the world, I want to be my own boss and I want to take care of helpless children as well. I want to give other children the chance that SOS Children’s Villages gave me upon the death of my parents. I want to be an inspiration and give hope to the hopeless, for SOS Children’s Villages was my rainbow after my storm! Each time I introduce myself when motivating other young people, I say I am Philile Kunene, The Conqueror. Indeed, I have conquered and here I am basking in my rainbow!

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