Ntambande Neighborhood Care Point was officially launched thanks to funding from the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program. On June 10, Ambassador Lisa Peterson launched Ntambande Neighborhood Care Point at Mpolonjeni worth E103, 125.00
Since 2011, together with other partners, SHAMBA Trust has delivered quality preschool education and nutrition to the neediest children in Nkoyoyo. As an extension of this program, SHAMBA Trust has also been assisting Ntambande community in providing these same services. The Ambassador’s Self Help Grant 2016 was used to replace an existing NCP structure which had been built out of stick and mud, but was destroyed by storms. The new NCP consists of a block structure with a kitchen and a classroom.
In her speech, the Ambassador highlighted that “our funding was efficiently used and managed by SHAMBA, who helped establish an NCP committee, ensured that the community provided labor, and identified qualified workers in order make this project a reality. Now, the most disadvantaged orphaned and vulnerable children will have free, high quality preschool education and nutrition that will improve their future. Additionally, those loyal and hardworking caregivers will now see more children completing school and living a happier and healthier life.”
The U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund is an initiative of the American Embassy to assist local communities in implementing small scale projects to improve living conditions within Swazi communities. For information on The Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund, contact Small Grants Coordinator Bongekile Dlamini at 241-7900 or at MbabaneSelfHelp@state.gov.