Outreach to families with children with disabilities

Child Chair Playing
Child plays with a volunteer at an outreach event called Guguletfu, which means treasured ones.

Meaning “treasured ones,” Labaligugu serves the vulnerable population of disabled children and their caregivers. Due to cultural stigmas surrounding disabilities, these children often do not leave their homesteads or have opportunities to participate in the community. With 82% of individuals with disabilities in Eswatini living in rural areas, transportation and wheelchair accessibility create additional challenges to overcome.

We strive to show families that these children, made in the image of God, have value. Not only are we working to change long-term perceptions, but we are providing support to the families of children with disabilities both practically and holistically including home visits, transportation to therapy, and skill training for child development.

Guguletfu Events

In addition to our regular services, Labaligugu hosts events called Guguletfu, which celebrate these children as well as the caregivers who have the extra responsibilities that come with raising a child with special needs. At these volunteer-staffed events, the children enjoy activities designed for them while parents and caregivers spend time with each other. Fellowship with other adults is a luxury for many of these caregivers, and an environment where both they and their children can thrive renews their hope for the future.

Awesome event for helping those with disabilities – Guguletfu

This weekend’s Guguletfu fun day was a blast! Each child with special needs had their own 1-on-1 volunteer to lead them through fun, games, and singing while other volunteers made sure their caretakers had some fellowship of their own. A special shout-out to Children’s Cup for their partnership in this ministry!

Posted by Adventures Swaziland on Monday, June 4, 2018