Our main beneficiary is Young Heroes. This deep partnership dates back to the very first MTN Bushfire. Since then, the festival and its partners have donated over E1, 687.000 enabling Young Heroes to provide food and clothing to over 1,000 orphans.
Established by NERCHA in 2006 to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS; Young Heroes mission is to empower Swaziland’s most vulnerable youth towards achieving their fullest potential. Young Heroes programs have grown to include Life Support Grants, Skills Training Empowerment Program, Healthcare, Umliba Loya Embili project, Ready+ and Litsemba project.
Sponsors provide monthly stipends for food and clothing to orphans.
Provides comprehensive healthcare services to Young Heroes’ children, caregivers and their family members. Services include HIV counseling and testing; TB screening; referrals for Anti-Retroviral Therapy; voluntary medical male circumcision; and sexual and reproductive health education. enrollment into ART, Teen Clubs and camps for psychosocial support
Skills Training Empowerment Program (STEP)
Vocational and entrepreneurship skills training for vulnerable youth aged 19 to 26. Vocational skills include Agriculture, Arts & Craft, Carpentry, Catering, Computer, Electrical Wiring, Motor Mechanic, Metal Work, Plumbing, Panel Beating & Spray Painting and more.
Umliba Loya Embili – Youth Going Forward/DREAMS
Sponsored by the American People’s PEPFAR and USAID through Pact- Swaziland, Young Heroes reaches deeply to address the needs of OVCs through: OVC support services, HIV prevention clubs and economic empowerment.
Provides psychosocial support and health education on HIV and Sexual Reproductive Health to Adolescents Living with HIV, work with facilities to provide youth friendly services and community dialogues with traditional leaders, teachers and caregivers.
This program includes food; pre-school education for the youngest children; a mobile clinic that provides basic healthcare; and income-generating projects for the caregivers who so generously give their time. It is supported by the Thomas Engel Foundation from Germany.
To learn more visit The Young Heroes Website
boMake Rural Projects
Empowered women and resilient families in thriving communities
“BoMake” means “women” — boMake Rural Projects is a non-profit organization working to make a sustainable impact in Swaziland through equitable social and economic community development projects. We maintain a close relationship with Gone Rural (Pty) Ltd, our founders, with boMake projects reaching more than 750 of their women artisans and their families in 70 communities across Swaziland.
Our programmes focus on
- Health, including water, sanitation & hygiene, nutrition security and health services
- Education in the classroom as well as after-school youth programs
- Sustainable livelihoods, primarily through financial literacy and income generation
Bring your fire!
Your purchase of MTN Bushfire Festival merchandise will sustain our projects toward health, education and sustainable livelihoods for women, families and communities in rural parts of Swaziland. Since 2010, MTN Bushfire Festival of the Arts has donated close to half a million Emalangeni to boMake Rural Projects with 100% of the profits on MTN Bushfire merchandise sales.
Visit the Gone Rural and House on Fire shops at Malandela Centre in Malkerns, Swaziland for pre-festival purchase of merchandise or visit The boMake Website here for donations and further information. Look out for our new boMake Rural Projects website, coming soon.
Facebook: boMake Rural Projects
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