Pasture Valley

Children's Home, Nhlangano

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              childrenSwaziland is one of the countries worst affected by HIV/AIDS. With a population which is more than 25% HIV positive, there are many orphans left to fend for themselves. There are many child headed families and many neglected or abused children. Peter & Michelle McCubbin could not ignore the situation around them and wanted to help in some way. So, in October 2003, they established a small children's home on Pasture Valley (their family farm) for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).

Ready for SchoolPresently, they care for over 40 children on the farm and also support over 220 other local children living in the community with school fees, food packages and school uniforms. This does not do much to improve the situation in Swaziland generally but it does give these children a chance of a better life. The children were referred by SOS Children's Villages, Save the Children Fund, Department of Social Welfare, Doctors without Borders and Our Lady of Sorrows Mission. They aim to provide a stable Christian home for the children where they can be part of the activities on the farm and learn and play in the freedom the farm provides.

Stella HouseThe children stay in four houses (Stella House, David House & Timothy House plus the recently opened Youth House) on the farm where house-mothers take care of them. The older children attend schools nearby and the younger children are educated in the pre-school on the farm. Great care is taken to ensure that the children retain their Swazi identity and that they are able to slot back into normal Swazi family life when appropriate.

Vula Amehlo Trust has made a number of donations to Pasture Valley. Over 4000 was given in memory of Stella Tyers, one of our founders, who died in 2010. This amount supported the building and equipping of a new Education Centre. The Education Centre was completed in February 2011 and is functioning well. The Trust previously gave 500 to cover the cost of a computer & printer for the children. Many of the children now have a sponsor to cover basic school fees but it costs an average of 1800 per year to care for each child (including food, clothes, fuel, carer salary, medical costs etc. but excluding capital/building costs). In the past two years the Trust has donated over 9060 to provide fees for education, installation of a new kitchen in one children's house, equipment and repairs for existing houses, computer equipment & projector and solar geysers for the new youth house.

The Trust also pays for hosting of Pasture Valley's website and one of our Trustees is the webmaster.

See our "Support Us" page if you would like to help with care costs and invest in a child's future with either a regular or one-off donation. All donations, no matter how small or large, are welcome and will make a real difference in a child's life.

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Other Orphan Projects

Teen Challenge Swaziland

The Trust has also supported Teen Challenge Hawane Farm Orphanage in earlier years. Funds were provided for education & medical costs as well as for the provision of industrial laundry equipment.