Challenge Ministries Swaziland
CMS is a Christian organisation that raises funds to house, feed and educate orphans in Eswatini, South Africa (formerly Swaziland). Eswatini has the highest prevalence of HIV AIDS in the world and the average age of the population is now only 18 years, with 70% living under the poverty line. Eswatini has become a country of orphans and vulnerable children.
We believe that children need to grow up in a community, not an institutionalised orphanage. They need love, spiritual guidance, education, healthcare and a home with a family unit.
CMS provide all of this for the vulnerable children of Eswatini. Each child is placed into a family unit of 6-8 children, cared for by a house Aunty. In 2006, CMS bought Bulembu, a disused mining town in Northern Eswatini, and since then we have converted derelict buildings into homes, schools, clinics and businesses. In short, we have built a town to care for orphans and vulnerable children. We also run Hawane farm, providing life skills for young people and a range of other projects based in rural communities of Eswatini.
Our aim is to give these children a safe environment where they can grow and learn. Where they can receive the best possible education and see them equipped to become Christian leaders in their country saved by the grace of God. Our vision is that the children who come through CMS care, will grow up to help Eswatini overcome the HIV epidemic that has decimated the population.
For over 20 years Northern Ireland has been committed to helping this cause and our new website CMSwazi NIaims to help promote the needs of those in Eswatini as we continue to support and encourage them. Here you will find out about specific projects running in Northern Ireland and how you can get involved.
Thank you all for your support.
The Bulembu Choir
The Bulembu Choir singing "Carry Me Lord' during the Surviving Our Storm Concert
A word from
Pastor Kevin Ward
Kevin & Helen Ward founded Challenge Ministries in 2007 when they became concerned about the number of orphaned & vulnerable children living on the streets of Mbabane. They are the Executive Directors of Challenge Ministries Swaziland and also the senior pastors of Potter’s Wheel Church.
For God So Loved
The combined Northern Ireland and Eswatini Choirs singing 'For God So Loved The World' as part of the Surviving Our Storm Concert.