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Transformation Stories (Pt 2) – Alpheos’ New Life

Did you come to our Walkathon this year? It was a great event full of fun, a sense of purpose and of course…walking! Our aim for this event was for us as a community to raise $5000 towards building a home for Alpheos, a single dad with a leg disability and doing life tough in Swaziland. Alpheos use […]

August 3, 2017  /  No Comments ››

Education – the key to transformation

We all know education is important right? It is a children’s right. It is an integral part of a growing society. Yes? Yes. A recent Global Citizen article (read full article here) stated that: • Education increases a person’s income, • Education saves lives, • Education makes children healthier, • Education builds peace, • Education increase food production […]

April 4, 2017  /  No Comments ››

Four Little Red Balls

What do these four little red balls have to do with community development? If you asked me several years ago I would honestly answer – ‘well nothing!’ Seven years on and I must say that these little red balls have become one of our favourite community development tools. My husband Chris bought them the first year […]

April 4, 2017  /  2 Comments ››

Any excuse for a party!

Over the last 6 years we have occasionally put on parties for the local children. Why? Well just because really… you don’t need a reason to party do you? Let’s be honest – many of the children and families in poor marginalised rural areas shoulder so much responsibility that taking a day off is a release. We see […]

January 29, 2017  /  No Comments ››

Training for transformation…

“Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.” Ann Voskamp At Operation Hope we believe that to truly move forward we need to expand our understanding, skill set and experience. We should never cease learning. With this in mind, we endeavour to regularly provide training and learning opportunities for our […]

January 29, 2017  /  No Comments ››

Empowering through Education…

Education is a vital human right and plays a key role in human, social, and economic development. Education reduces poverty, boosts economic growth and increases income. It increases a person’s chances of having a healthy life, reduces maternal deaths, and combats diseases such as HIV and AIDS. Education can promote gender equality, reduce child marriage, […]

December 18, 2016  /  No Comments ››

Global School Classrooms and Pit Latrines… completed!

In 2014 Operation Hope began working  with the Global Revival Primary School – a school that had many poor and vulnerable students in its makeup. The school was in desperate need of  more classrooms. One classroom alone had 112 students which made both learning and teaching very difficult! Through the generosity of our supporters and donors, together with the school community, […]

December 17, 2016  /  No Comments ››

Our Giant

In 2015 Thobani, our Operation Hope Agricultural Advisor, told us he would like to raise awareness and sponsorship funds for our Operation Hope Swaziland projects by wheelchairing 17 kms from Siteki to Magazavane. Encouraged by his enthusiasm we all worked together as a team to make this happen. Here is his story…   Hello, my name […]

May 31, 2016  /  No Comments ››

In Remembrance… Mkhulu Dibha

Over the last few years we’ve had the privilege of working alongside some pretty amazing people. Mkhulu (grandpa) Dibha was one of them. In 2013 we received a referral from social welfare to assess two young orphan boys who were living with their grandfather. When we visited the homestead we found a lovely, sweet old […]

May 28, 2016  /  No Comments ››

Global School Classroom Update… almost there!

Last year we brought an update on the 4 new classrooms Operation Hope was building in partnership with the Global School and Micro Projects (a Swazi Government department). You can read about this here. After the initial meeting and finalising the plans, it was all systems go. We were truly amazed at how many of the school […]

March 14, 2016  /  No Comments ››

Dry as a Bone…

It’s mid afternoon and we’re on the road to Mhlumeni, a rural area in Northern Swaziland. We are going to visit a new family who has reported that they have very limited food and water. The grandparents who live there are caring of their very sick grandson who is floor bound (they have no bed). The grandson soils his pants […]

March 14, 2016  /  No Comments ››

Transformation Stories (pt1) – A Family Home…

Transformation – ‘a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance, a metamorphosis’). During our time in Swaziland we have seen some resilient, brave and hard working people. We have been privileged to partner with them and witness their transformation over the last few years and would like to share with you their stories of change over upcoming blogs.   Meet Mzwandile We first […]

March 14, 2016  /  No Comments ››

Celebrating 10 years – a snapshot

How time flies… November 2015 marked 10 years since Operation Hope was incorporated (and we almost missed it!). It’s been truly remarkable to see what has been achieved through the support and generosity of our Operation Hope community. We send out a huge THANK YOU for journeying the cause with us. Below is a brief outline of our 3 key […]

December 22, 2015  /  2 Comments ››

Water Is Life

This year we have seen drought hit rural areas once more. Many in Australia know how severe drought can be. Here in Swaziland it is a killer. Animals die, harvests are low (or non existent) and water in springs and dams are compromised and then disappear. The repercussions have been severely felt, resulting in health problems, […]

June 14, 2015  /  1 Comment ››

Global School Classroom Project – April Update…

Operation Hope began a relationship with the Global Revival School in 2014 when we enrolled the 3 orphan girls that we began caring for into the school (read more about the girls here). When we inspected the school we were shocked to discover that some of the classrooms had over 100 children in them, making […]

April 6, 2015  /  No Comments ››

Goodbye Sweet Lady

In one of our earlier blogs we spoke about Sarah, our national treasure. Last year we had the privilege to celebrate her 99th birthday with some of her local community, church friends and guests from Australia. Nomsa our project manager cooked up a feast for everyone. Sarah was gifted a new blanket but loved her birthday cake the most […]

March 17, 2015  /  2 Comments ››

Bettina’s Garden

Bettina lives in a remote rural area in Swaziland with 10 family members, 9 of whom are children. Bettina tries to feed her family by collecting water with her donkey and selling this water to the community. Sometimes they eat only one light meal a day. The children are often hungry which makes studying difficult. The […]

March 17, 2015  /  No Comments ››

Party on…

We all know celebrating special moments and creating memories are important. Time spent with family and friends are immortalised in our photos, videos and on social media. In fact as this year draws to a close many of us will continue to create memories and have fun at end of year celebrations, reflecting on the […]

December 30, 2014  /  No Comments ››

We are family…

In 2013 we were referred by social welfare to a family in one of the communities we work in.  At our initial visit we met 4 beautiful girls (3 sisters and a cousin). Their parents had died and they were living with their gogo (grandma). The gogo has tried her best to provide for the children, […]

April 5, 2014  /  6 Comments ››

Community Development Worker Training

The first part of last year saw an intensive process of selection and training of volunteer Community Development Workers. These workers, who were chosen by their own community, are now representatives of Operation Hope Swaziland for their community and vice versa. Training topics have included gender, the environment, child protection, reporting mechanisms, communication, conflict resolution, […]

April 3, 2014  /  3 Comments ››

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