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In Swaziland, one third of all children are orphans due to the widespread death of men and women of child bearing age due to HIV/AIDS. There are currently an estimated 180,000 AIDS orphans and vulnerable children living in Swaziland.

Sustainable Agriculture Solutions & Income Generation Projects (Sustainable Solutions for Extreme Poverty

Possible Dreams International identifies the need for emergency relief aid and also the importance of finding sustainable solutions to food access issues. We provide the following:

Emergency Food

When the team identifies families or orphaned and vulnerable children who are starving and are clinically malnourished, the Daily Emergency Fund allows urgent food to be purchased for these individuals. PDI’s food projects include the Mealie Meal Project and Sustainable Agriculture projects, both of which are detailed below.

The Mealie Meal Project

The Mealie Meal Project provides an emergency food supplement for families of orphans who are in immediate and desperate need of food. This is a monthly supplement in the form of 25kg of Maize meal a month as well beans and milk each month. Maize or ‘Mealie Meal’ forms the staple food of Swazi people and is used to make a porridge like meal.

We call this form of basic long term food supplementation for orphan families, the Mealie Meal Project.


Sustainable Agriculture

The Mealie Meal project was initially commenced in response to the huge number of AIDS orphans and families living in poverty in the Lubombo region.

Initially the project endeavored to provide an emergency food supplement to families of orphans (usually headed by a single Grandmother). Each month families would receive 25 kg of Maize Meal (Mealie Meal), beans, sugar, soup and milk.

During this period of emergency assistance Possible Dreams International engages with each family and the community in which they are situated. In addition to mobilising the community network to assist them, we also try to commence each family on an income generation project. These projects include: the raising and selling of indigenous chickens, the raising and selling of pigs, cultivation of commercial garden produce, etc.

We encourage families to be innovative and fully engaged in every project so that they can learn to truly help themselves.

Every family is also encouraged to grow their own back yard garden. We engage with local farmers to assist in this process. As a team, we work with them, providing basic tools, seeds, fencing and ideas about water provision for the garden and engage agricultural specialists to provide teaching sessions about home agriculture and what is known as ‘small holder’ farming.

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