Remarks by Ambassador Lisa Peterson: Commissioning of Borehole Project at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre

Her Royal Highness, the Inkhosikati, Honorable Minister of Education and Training Honorable Member of Parliament, The Regional Education Officer and staff members, The Constituency Council, Teachers, The School Committee, Parents and students, Siyanivusela Bekunene! I am pleased to join you today for the handover ceremony of the borehole project at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre. This ...
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Ambassador Peterson launches a borehole water system worth E68,000 at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre

Last week, Ambassador Peterson officially launched a borehole water system worth E68,000 at Ekuphileni KwaSesitjeni Skills Centre, which also benefits students and teachers of Esitjeni Primary School. The project has been funded through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program, which is specifically designed by the U.S. government to assist community groups in developing projects that will ...
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Ambassador Peterson launches Spelling Bee Competition

Do you know English is a passing subject in the Kingdom of Eswatini? Ambassador Peterson visited the Ministry of Education and Training to launch this year’s Spelling Bee Competition, which is aimed at improving the overall performance of learners. The Embassy, in partnership with Mobi Mart Media and Macmillian Education, is sponsoring communication, study materials, ...
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Embassy welcomes the directors, film crew, and stars of the award-winning American-directed, Swazi-based film LIYANA

Liyana the Movie is finally here! Last month, we welcomed the directors, film crew, and stars of the award-winning American-directed, Swazi-based film LIYANA, for a reception and screening at MovieZone. The film follows a Swazi girl, Liyana, who embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born ...
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Ambassador Peterson officially opened the new maternity wing at St Theresa Clinic

St Theresa’s Clinic now has a maternity, laboratory and theatre wing thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Defense. Last month, Ambassador Peterson officially opened the new maternity wing of the clinic that will benefit the Manzini community. She said the new and improved features of the clinic were the result of the sustained ...
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The U.S. Embassy took its Jazz Appreciation Month event to Vuvulane

Do you know jazz and other artistic forms can be a vehicle for freedom of expression and social change? The U.S. Embassy took its Jazz Appreciation Month event to Vuvulane, where local artists – Mandisa, TribeNew, Black Rhino,  Qibho  and  Floewe  – performed for the audience and engaged them on how to use music and arts as ...
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Ambassador Peterson hosts a cocktail reception to honor administrative professionals

Each year, we celebrate Administrative Professionals Day to recognize the valuable contributions of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. Ambassador Lisa Peterson hosted a cocktail reception to honor administrative professionals from government and private sector for their work in running day-to-day operations in their organizations. Invited guests included U.S. Embassy contacts that ...
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President and Chief Executive Officer of the Black AIDS Institute visits Eswatini

Thanks to The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), last month the Embassy hosted Mr Phill Wilson who is President and Chief Executive Officer of the  Black AIDS Institute . The Institute is a training and mobilization center focused exclusively on black people to stop the AIDS pandemic in black communities. Mr Wilson met with Wellness Coordinators from ...
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Ambassador Peterson swears in 33 new Peace Corps Volunteers

On August 24, Ambassador Lisa Peterson welcomed and presided over the swearing-in ceremony of 33 new Peace Corps Volunteers in Swaziland. These Volunteers will work in communities throughout Swaziland on health and education, focusing on empowering Swazi youth to lead healthy and productive lives and improve literacy. These activities will be crucial for unlocking the ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Michael Lombardo commissions Self-Help Project on Reusable Sanitary Pads

The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program strikes again – this time at the Elwandle Roman Catholic Primary School! The U.S. Embassy wholeheartedly supports community development – we know it’s vital to improving living conditions for all in Swaziland. On August 10, Chargé d’Affaires Michael Lombardo attended the commissioning of a Reusable Sanitary Pad Project at Elwandle ...
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WomEng’s Pink Hard Hats Invade, Inspire Girls in Engineering

Over three days, PAS hosted the South Africa-based NGO, WomEng (founded by a South African alumna of IVLP and Fortune Women’s Mentoring Program), to discuss engineering careers, mentoring, and professional development with groups of stakeholders and students. The WomEng team first met with a group of more than 60 engineers, predominantly women, to talk about ...
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US Ambassador joins in pad sewing drive campaign to keep girl-child in school

Last Sunday, the United States Ambassador to Swaziland Lisa Peterson joined hundreds of ladies for the sanitary pad sewing drive. The pad sewing drive is an initiative led by the Leading Ladies Empowerment and the aim of the project is to make washable handmade sanitary pads for school going under-privileged girls. Driven by a need ...
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Twelve Young Swazi Leaders Selected for U.S. Mandela Washington Fellowship

This June, twelve Swazi finalists, who were selected to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship (YALI), will travel to the United States of America. These outstanding young leaders will join 1000 other young African leaders for a six-week program at one of 20 prestigious U.S. universities followed by a summit in Washington, D.C. The youth ...
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World Press Freedom

On May 3, Ambassador Peterson joined journalists and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Swaziland to commemorate World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday. This year’s theme, Critical Minds For Critical Times, encouraged journalists to think about their role in advancing critical thought in societies. They also looked at tools that can make their work ...
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U.S. Embassy commemorates World Health Day

Statistics released by the World Health Organization state that depression affects 30 million people in Africa, which is also a major contributor to suicide. In Swaziland, in the year 2016, 102 males and 23 females committed suicide according to statistics released by Dr. Violet Mwanjani from the National Psychiatric Center. For World Health Day, the ...
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United States Government funds Police and Social Workers Training

Last Wednesday, 35 police officers and 35 social workers wrapped up their training on child-sensitive approaches to case management, a program funded by the U.S. government’s Full Participation Fund. They also received certificates from the National Commissioner of the Royal Swaziland Police Service, Isaac Magagula. This training will help officers and social workers to deal ...
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Leading Ladies of Swaziland

As we continue our year-round mission to empower women, we know that even the most successful women need support, advice, and encouragement. Last evening, the U.S. Embassy hosted a women’s leadership video conference titled “ Leading Ladies of Swaziland” with leadership coach Maureen Rabotin. She is the founder of Effective Global Leadership, a company that ...
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Ambassador Lisa Peterson hosted Mr. Miana Kiai, a Special Rapporteur from the United Nation

In the month of February, Ambassador Lisa Peterson hosted Mr. Miana Kiai, a Special Rapporteur from the United Nations who was in the country on an unofficial academic visit. Ambassador Peterson hosted a reception at her residence in Mr. Miana Kiai’s honor and to mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Covenant on Civil and ...
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Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk

On March 11, women from Swaziland and beyond gathered for the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk through the Pine Valley neighborhood of Mbabane. Taking place in 62 countries around the world, thousands of women took part in the walk to com-memorate International Women’s Day. “The goal,” says Aurelice Kunene of the Vital Voices organizing committee, ...
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Pan African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP)

You’ve met some of our YALI Mandela Washington Fellows, but did you know there are a lot of really remarkable young Swazi leaders even among the high school students in the country? Five High School students from schools around Swaziland have been selected to participate in the 2017 United States Department of State Pan African ...
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Emergency food assistance, seeds, conservation training help families cope

February 2017—In the Lubombo region of Swaziland, 18-year-old Setsabile* and her baby boy, Njabulo, are experiencing the devastating impacts of the current drought, recorded as the worst in 35 years for Southern Africa.  “I am worried because we face a bad situation due to drought,” Setsabile explains. Her husband has found occasional work in nearby sugarcane ...
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U.S. Embassy Mbabane earns LEED® Gold

The US Government is proud to be a leader in addressing climate change in environmental sustainability. We continue to celebrate the landmark Climate Agreement that was reached in Paris. Closer to home, the new US Embassy was inaugurated in June as a high performance building. We are extremely proud to share with you that the ...
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Arts Against Abuse

In commemoration of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, Members of the public got a chance to see The-Four-Musk-Art-eers in action at the Theatre Club on December 9, where they joined the U.S. Embassy and Kwaka Indvodza, the male mentoring project, in a commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. The four ...
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“Emalungelo abomake ngemalungelo ebantfu bonkhe”

On December 9, more than 300 women from across Swaziland gathered at Bethesda Church in Nhlangano to discuss issues affecting the lives of Swazi women. Among other things, women discussed policies that should be implemented to eliminate gender based violence and human trafficking and to increase women’s representation in the 2018 national parliamentary elections. In ...
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World AIDS Day Commemoration

On December 1, Ambassador Peterson joined in Swaziland’s national World AIDS Day Commemoration held in Mankayane. She acknowledged successes made thus far but urged everyone to play their part in working toward an AIDS Free Generation in Swaziland. Ambassador Peterson also shared the United States’ commitment to supporting the national response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, ...
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Sports Scholarships in the USA

On November 25, heads of Sports Associations, student athletes, coaches and teachers gathered at the OlympAfrica Center in Lobamba to discuss Sports Scholarships with  in the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael Lombardo, spoke about the importance of sports in youth development and emphasized the Embassy’s commitment to assisting students pursue their education in the ...
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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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