MTN Bushfire festival beneficiaries Young Heroes are distributing emergency food and hygiene kits to vulnerable families, which has been made possible by all the donations received during the #KeepTheFireBurning Digital Festival.


Inspired by the festival’s #BRINGYOURFIRE call to action for positive change, the first-ever MTN Bushfire digital festival was held to raise funds for the festival’s beneficiaries Young Heroes and boMake Rural Projects, as part of the festival’s COVID-19 response. The live stream raised a total of E101,364.25, which was shared equally between the two organisations so they could continue to support the most vulnerable families in Eswatini during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Since receiving the funds, Young Heroes has been distributing essential food and hygiene supplies to 46 Lobamba Lomdzala Inkhundla families which look after 59 Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC). The Inkhundla consists of Kufinyeni, Lobamba Lomdzala, Luyengweni, and Ngwenyameni Imiphakatsi, respectively.

Thanks to the #KeepTheFireBurning donations, the OVC families will receive essential food and hygiene supplies for the three months of August to October 2020 to enable them to fight against COVID-19. The vital supplies include mealie-meal, beans, cooking oil, sugar, tinned fish, soup, face masks, and green bar soap.


MTN Bushfire attended the Emergency Homecare Kit distribution at Lobamba Lomdzala umphakatsi, where Young Heroes Executive Director, Khulekani Magongo, noted the continuing support that MTN Bushfire already provides through monthly grants of E200 to families that take care of orphans.


He stated that the families would continue to receive their monthly grant, as it is envisaged that the food relief would allow them to take care of other basic needs of the children.

Magongo further expressed his sincere appreciation for the continued support from MTN Bushfire.

“We are very grateful to our sponsor MTN Bushfire, who were creative and innovative in raising funds towards COVID-19 relief efforts through the first-ever MTN Bushfire digital festival. These children are already vulnerable, and COVID-19 has exacerbated their vulnerability; hence Young Heroes and MTN Bushfire felt the need to strengthen their support towards the children,” he said.


MTN Bushfire Festival Director Jiggs Thorne thanked Young Heroes for their amazing work in the country, as well as the authorities and Honourable Member of Parliament Marwick Khumalo for facilitating the distributions. The festival director particularly thanked all the #KeepTheFireBurning donors who had made this all possible.


“It is very touching that people are reaching out and recognizing a very real need. It’s important that all of us are looking around to see how we can help one another,” expressed Thorne. He went on to note the way COVID-19 had disrupted social support networks, emphasising that “as things improve and this cloud lifts, we have got to see how we can get closer together”.


A powerful reflection of the spirit of inclusion and connectedness, the #KeepTheFireBurning broadcast saw over 5,000 Fire Starters from 63 countries online, and another estimated 130,000 TV viewers in Eswatini, gathered around this virtual flame. You can watch the full performances on each of the five stages, or simply catch the highlights of your favourite artists, on the MTN Bushfire YouTube channel.


We invite you to warm yourself with the MTN Bushfire flame – and Keep The Fire Burning until we can welcome you back in 2021!