We believe that all young people, no matter what their background, should have the opportunity to thrive.
Phumelela Project is a unique charity based in Swaziland, southern Africa. Our mission is to empower at risk youth through knowledge, compassion and opportunity. Many of the young people we support struggle with issues of homelessness, drug abuse, gender-based violence and abandonment.
We deliver a range of services including counselling, access to education, vocational training, community outreach and life skills workshops.
“Without the Phumelela Project, I’d be either on the streets or dead. Now I’m in education and looking forward to my future” - Mfundo, 23
The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small landlocked country in southern Africa, with a rich history and beautiful landscape. It is also has the highest prevalence rate of HIV in the world (27.2%). This has substantially impacted Swaziland's socioeconomic development, with 63% of people living below the poverty line. It has also led to a breakdown in family support structures, with an astonishing 10% of the total population known to be orphans or vulnerable children. As a result of this, many of the young people we support grew up in orphanages, and we aim to bridge the gap between institutionalised care and Swazi society.
Phumelela Project was founded with the support of our principal donor, the Rotary Club of Dudelange, Luxembourg. To find out more about Rotary International and how you can get involved, please click: here.
Phumelela Project is registered charity in England and Wales (no 1178458) and Swaziland.