October 7, 2011

SWAZILAND: Indlovukazi explains what Philani is all about

MBABANE, Swaziland / The Swazi Observer / Community News / October 7, 2011

By Starsky Mkhonta

HER Majesty, The Queen Mother presented 800 elderly people from Mtsambama with blankets, food hampers and other items on Wednesday, October 5.

She explained the objectives of Philani Maswati to visiting Thailand Princess, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Philani Maswati was established to take care of elderly as well as other needy people of the Kingdom. The elderly find themselves having to take care of the orphans after the death of parents.”

“We normally visit various areas around the Kingdom to distribute something to these elderly just like it is the case today. I have no doubt that our visit here today will leave them beaming with joy for the next few days,” she said. Philani feeds and clothes the elderly and they get medical treatment. “We bring doctors to treat them. Today, too, the doctors are here and will attend to the sick.”  Philani Maswati is also involved in farming programmes which benefit the elderly..Philani advocates food sufficiency and has provided farming implements to the less privileged. She urged community leaders to reserve fields to be used by Philani Maswati for crops to help feed those less privileged and destitute.

His Majesty, too, has pioneered programmes including grants for elderly and educational needs of orphans, she added..

The Indlovukazi thanked the Thai princess for visitng some projects initiated by Philani, of which a few received funding from the Thailand government. She then presented the Thailand princess with a cow.

Indlovukazi praised for her caring heart: DPM Themba Masuku said Her Majesty had displayed true leadership and touched the lives of many Swazis. “You are touching the hearts of many with your caring passion. The nation is proud to have such a caring mother. Elderly people feel all the comfort and warmth of the care. Through Philani Maswati, even the less privileged have all the reasons to smile,” he said.
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