Saturday, November 28, 2015

International Contacts-Part 2

To continue the conversation in international contacts in early childhood, I'd like to introduce you to my second contact, Gennie. I met Gennie several years ago at our church. She had grown up there and now was a missionary to Swaziland.

Gennie is a house manager for an orphanage in Swaziland. Currently they have 359 children in their orphan and vulnerable care program. Children range from infants up through early 20's who are in college. 

They are required to have 1 aunty for every 6 children in their care. The Swazi government has standards for Orphan and Vulnerable Care Facilities, which is what their center falls under.

Poverty does effect their nation and area but these children are no longer affected by poverty, as their living at the center. Gennie explained "Many of our children have come from poverty, but we have seen that as they slowly come adjusted to their life here in Bulembu, they forget what it was once like to live that way. One of our focuses the past few years is to remind them where they have come from and the poverty situations that still are around them even if it no longer affects them."

I think it's really interesting that countries having standards for orphanages. I think that's a really good thing because it helps to keep them accountable to good standards while recognizing their importance in that country for childhood care. 


  1. Hello Danielle,

    Wow that's wonderful they hold standards for the orphanage in Swaziland. I think its a blessing they are taking of the children even the older kids who are in college. I love learning something new especially in different countries. It's also a blessing that they are no longer affected by poverty. I'm fortunate enough to be able to read and learn about different countries around the world.

  2. Danielle,

    That is so amazing that you were able to get in contact with your friend. It definitely sounds like she is doing amazing work for the children in Swaziland. I am so impressed with the fact that they have such high standards and are able to help get those children out of poverty. I would never have assumed that this was something that Swaziland holds high standards for. It is so great being able to learn from you and your contacts.

  3. Danielle your post was interesting. I think that is good for the orphanage has standards to follow. I am sure that the standards keep the agency accountable and working hard to maintain a reputable service.