Success Stories

Success Stories

In 2006, Bantwana started with four local partners in Uganda and South Africa that served 500 orphaned and vulnerable children.  Today, Bantwana works in Mozambique, Uganda, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe with 94 local partners and nearly 1,100 community volunteers to serve more than 90,000 children and caregivers.

Read success stories below from each of the countries we work in:

Mozambique

  • Building Social Capital of People Living with HIV/AIDS through VSLA Groups I am Catarina Eurico, a 45-year- old mother of five children. I began volunteering in my community back in 2010, when I started visiting sick people from my church, supporting their families, and providing psycho-social support. During these visits, I learned about the many challenges that families face, such as HIV/AIDS, death,  orphan hood, stigma, discrimination, and myths about the epidemic. I then decided to join Kubatsirana ...
  • Delivery of Health & Social Services to Vulnerable Communities at Machipands Border Post in Manica Province The Bantwana Initiative of World Education, through the USAID-funded Força à  Comunidade e Crianças (FCC) project, hosted a mobile one-stop service-delivery event to  maximize the quality, coverage, efficiency, and impact of community structures’ HIV/AIDS prevention and response activities in Manica Province. Machipanda Border Post in Manica Province The estimated HIV adult prevalence rate in Manica is 13.5% (IMASIDA). Among other things, ...
  • Community Case Workers: A Critical Source of HIV-related Information for Communities Anjo  My name is Anjo Francisco and I volunteer at ANDA as a lead case manager for the FCC project. I directly support forty beneficiaries in the 7 de Abril neighborhood, while also monitoring and supervising the activities of five other case care workers. In my community, I have seen people dying over the years, not because of the absence of ...
  • Regina: Reintegrated into School, Staying Healthy, and Educating Other Youth ReginaWEI/Bantwana implements the Força à Comunidade e Crianças (FCC) project, an initiative aimed at improving and expanding evidenced-based models of integrated support for OVC and their households. FCC’s goal is to reduce the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS on OVC and their caregivers by enhancing the capacity of families and communities to support, protect, and care for OVC and caregivers. In collaboration ...

Swaziland

  • School Nurse Gives Life-Changing Support to Orphans in Swaziland BSIP school nurse Cebsile Msane treats a student.Cebsile Msane is a visiting school nurse for the Bantwana Schools Integrated Program (BSIP). Through the program she travels among 10 schools, diagnosing and treating hundreds of kids with flu, cholera, malaria, and scabies, among other illnesses. Without a designated nurse’s office, she sets up a she sets up a make-shift…
  • Empowering Students with Permaculture Gardens in Swaziland nothando gardeningIn the last few years, local homesteads in the rural Lubombo region have struggled, as most people do not have access to the nutritious vegetables needed to maintain good health. Orphans and otherwise vulnerable children affected or infected by HIV have an especially difficult time…

Tanzania

  • LIMCA Leads to Financial Growth veronica thumb

    Before joining their village’s LIMCA savings group, Veronica and Agnes struggled to support their families. The Mshikamano LIMCA is a savings and loan group that aims to help caregivers of vulnerable children strengthen their household economy. The group has 30 members and is supervised by local organization, African…

  • Child Rights Club Feeds Primary School child rights clubs - eating

    On Mondays and Fridays, the menu at G’Lambo Primary School offers something that causes the lunch line to snake around the hallways and brings children back for second and third helpings. Their glimmering eyes intimate that they are looking forward to the meal: fresh vegetables grown and harvested by the school’s…

  • A Mother Proves There is Life After HIV

    Tina Pius was seven months pregnant when she found out that she was HIV positive. She was young and looking forward to welcoming a new baby after her second child had passed away. Tina, who lives in the Karatu district in Arusha, Northern Tanzania, had gone to the antenatal clinic for a regular check-up ...

  • Vulnerable Children Speak Out The Pamoja Tuwalee focus group begins with a game of tug-of-war.

    In an effort to develop effective programming for the most vulnerable children (MVC) in Tanzania’s Northern Zone, Bantwana’s Pamoja Tuwalee program (“Together We Nurture the Children“) gathered 15 vulnerable youth for a focus group discussion.

Uganda

  • Youth Soaring to Success through IFLY!

    WEI/Bantwana will participate in the 2017 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit in Washington, D.C. from September 27 – 29. The Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit is a global convening that brings together 500+ leading stakeholders from 55 countries to connect, exchange, and collaborate. The 2017 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit theme will explore what the future of work holds ...

  • Skilling Youth in Uganda

    Meet Edmond, Elvis, Eva, George, Aliyu and Helen; they are smart and ambitious young people dedicating their prodigious talents to improve the lives of highly vulnerable children and youth in Uganda’s East Central Region. For the past six years, Bantwana’s STAR-EC and TSO projects have helped…

  • Finding Strength Through Child Rights: Proscovia’s Story

    Eighteen-year-old Proscovia Nsungwa is a second year student at Dorcas Vocation School, Kaihura District,Uganda. Before joining the vocation school, Proscovia had dropped out of Bwikara Senior Secondary School, Kibale District, at age 16 because she could not pay her school fees…

  • Community Livelihoods Support Inspires Action community livelihoods

    With steady community livelihood support and a strong dose of his own creativity and determination, Richard Byabaganda, 33, can finally meet his family’s financial needs. A natural entrepreneur, Richard took advantage of Bantwana’s support for small business development and is now running small businesses based in his community…

  • Know Your Rights Rita child rights

    Rita Kangume, a 12-year-old student at Kyembogo Primary School, is not afraid to speak boldly and report child mistreatment to her parents and teachers. As a member of the Bantwana-supported Child Rights Club at her school, she now understands her rights and responsibilities…

Zimbabwe

  • E-IMPACT Randomized Control Trial

    E-IMPACT Early Childhood Stimulation RCT In Zimbabwe, while 85% of HIV-positive adults are receiving treatment and care, only 44% of children are receiving treatment. Bantwana designed the Expanded IMPACT model to support the Ministry of Health and Child Care to accelerate pediatric care and treatment access. The model addresses both demand and supply by strengthening capacity, ...

  • Back on the Path to Education: Grace and Olivia’s Stories

    Grace,* 13, is a Level 2 student at Faith Ministries in Mbare, a densely populated, low income suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe. Faith Ministries participates in the Bantwana Initiative’s OSSG program, which uses existing facilities to provide meeting places for out-of-school youth to continue their education…

  • School Supplies for Zimbabwe’s Vulnerable Children hardship to hope

    All across Zimbabwe, a generation of children is being raised by their grandparents. This is the distinguishing mark of a country where many children have lost one or both parents. Twelve year-old Zanele’s father died when she was just a little girl. With her mother away in the city for months at a….

  • Helping Health Workers Go the Extra Mile field workers on motor bike

    By early 2000, an estimated 160,000 children were living with HIV in Zimbabwe and only 1-in-16 had access to life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs. In order to provide better access to health interventions in rural areas, organizations like Seke Rural Home Based Care (Seke) were established….