WVS has grown from only two CDPs in 1993 with a budget of US $124,000 to 23 ADPs in 2010 with a total budget of US $30 million. The 23 ADPs cover a total of 26 Tinkhundla with an estimated total population of 440,000 people. This constitutes about 45% geographic coverage of the country and about 40% of the population.
World Vision Swaziland has 53,659 sponsored children in all the 23 programs. The support offices are United States of America, Australia, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Austria, Japan and Ireland. The Relief Programme has distributed food to an average of 300,000 people per annum in the past three years. These directly translate to about a quarter of the total population of Swaziland.
World Vision continues to target 40,000 OVC in feeding programmes through NCPs and schools
- Maseyisini ADP has supported 18 farmers (either young adults or unemployed adults) with seeds. These are meant to assist them establish commercial gardens of at least 0.25 ha. The proceeds from the sale of their vegetables have assisted them to generate some income, which they have used to provide for their basic needs.
- Nkalashane and Shewula ADPs successfully hosted an Integrated Learning Lab. Participants in this lab were from the Southern Africa Region and staff from World Vision Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. The lessons learned from this event will be incorporated in the FY12 Savings Group plans. This is one way to improve the performance of the savings group in Swaziland and beyond.
- Forty women in Gilgal ADP have started producing body lotion using marula oil. This is largely a result of the ADPs successful networking with a Siphofaneni based marula company.
- A total of 965 Savings Groups have accumulated E 2,150,889.54 (US $307, 269) in savings as of September 2011. The money is primarily used to help increase assets mainly controlled by women, improve nutritional status of women and children, and contribute towards household’s access to medical services and education. Dividends will be shared from November 2011 to January 2012. The savings groups are a concept that was started by World Vision Swaziland and it was piloted in two ADPs. After a year, it was discovered that it was success and was replicated to the rest of the ADPs and non-ADP areas.
- More than 2,350 households have diversified their farming to include drought tolerant crops. World Vision has trained people on the advantages of producing drought resistant crops because of the continuous droughts that most communities suffer. Most of the ADPs have held demonstrations where people are shown different ways to make use of the drought resistant crops and how to cook them. World Vision Swaziland has been providing the seeds for farmers as well.
- 10 water schemes are functional, providing portable water to 3260 households in four ADPs. All water scheme committees have been trained on maintenance to ensure sustainability. Water scheme committees are formed by communities to ensure that beneficiaries pay a certain levy. This money is used to pay for electricity so that the water engines can pump water from the source to the water taps. They also use the money to pay engineers and buy the pump parts if it develops problems. These schemes make sure that water is always available for the communities.
- At least 9 boreholes have been rehabilitated, benefiting a total of 256 households. This also means that walking distances to water sources has been significantly reduced.
- A total of 26 boreholes have been sunk, giving an estimated 1,500 households direct access to portable water.