Social Good


YOUR purchase makes an IMPACT

At isiko, we not only want to make and source good products we also want them to do good.  Throughout the year we partner with different organizations and give back a percentage of our proceeds in support of their cause.  In the past we have partnered with organizations in eSwatini, Tanzania, Mozambique and the Philippines.

We are so excited to announce that from July - December 2021 we will be giving back 5% of proceeds to Likhaya Lemphilo Lensha.

 

Likhaya Lemphilo Lensha

Eswatini currently has the world’s highest rates of adult HIV infection. The productive generation is impacted most severely, with the projection of thousands of children becoming orphaned and destitute.

Communities are faced with the overwhelming problem of caring for these children. Several organizations are servicing child-headed households and supplementing extended families that are caring for additional children.

However, there are a number of children who are too young to care for themselves, have no homestead rights, or have no extended family willing or able to provide for them.

The IMPACT of Likhaya Lemphilo Lensha

  • Children are placed in a family setting, with no more than 8 – 10 children, with their EmaSwati parents. The parents will be married couples or a single mother who are free to give themselves to these children as parents in every sense of the word. They will live in a single-family home that is developed for this purpose.
  • Each family will operate as independently as possible. They must function as any other family in their culture, doing all they can to provide for themselves. Seeking to achieve self-reliance in food security, they will be expected to cultivate their properties, maximizing income-generating opportunities (e.g., vegetable gardens, small animals, etc.). Excess produce may be sold to supplement the household budget. Other income-generating projects will be explored.
  • Home parents receive training and support on a weekly basis. Relevant practical, spiritual, and counseling issues are addressed in these half-day sessions.
  • HIV+ children are, to the extent possible, integrated in the family and cared for by the mother/parents who receive basic training for the purpose.

 

Relationship to Government and Community:

Children must be referred by community leaders, health officials or established organizations and approved by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare personnel. Young children with relatives unable or unwilling to care for them – as determined by Child Welfare personnel – will be given our consideration and help as we are able.

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New Life Primary School

New Life Primary School is an English medium school located in rural Eswatini. The school is located on the property of New Life Children’s Homes, which provides a permanent home for 40 of Eswatini's orphaned children. The school was started to serve these 40 children exclusively—to provide a unique educational environment that would support the emotional needs of orphaned and vulnerable children.

A pre-school was started at the farm in 2004.  Though open to the community, enrollment was limited by shortage of space. A primary school was started in 2009, providing for Grade 1 & 2, with an enrollment of 11.  The next year Grades 3 to 4 were added.  Expansion was complete by the end of 2012 with three candidates writing and passing the national exam.  In 2013, total enrollment was 70 with a majority coming from the surrounding community.

"Our vision is to develop competent and confident young people who are prepared to contribute to their community, nation, and world."