Children

Children


Abigail

Abigail

Date of Birth 27th January 2000


Abigail’s Mother and Father have died.  She had 5 brothers and one sister.  The 5 brothers are in custody of their Uncle. Abigail was in custody of her sister. This was fine until her sister was married and had two of her own children.  Abigail was then neglected and unsafe due to the brother-in-law, who did not support Abigail, did not want her and forced her out of the house to sleep outside without food, clothes or protection.  This was especially serious since her sister’s business is to sell second hand clothes at the market place and so she made frequent buying trips to Johannesburg for second hand clothes to sell. This meant Abigail was left to sleep outside, unprotected, unfed, and chased away from the homestead. The Head Master of her school identified her as a child at risk and requested New Hope Centre to investigate the situation and help the child.  We found her depressed, crying incessantly and thin.  She was not able to eat much due to being unaccustomed to having food regularly or in reasonable amounts.  She had been sexually abused and then she was  punished by the family instead of the perpetrator.  She needed a new home, a new life and new hope.


She has been with us now for several years and has become a confident, lively, beautiful young lady. She likes sports, she swims, plays basket ball since we have a ring on the wall of the house and so endless hours are spent playing ball. Her goal is to become a scientist and maybe a medical doctor because she wants to be able to help people but she is still waiting to hear God’s voice confirm that this is the way for her.


Anastasia

Anastasia

Date of Birth 21st February 1998

Both her parents have died and she suffered sexual, emotional and physical abuse at the homesteads where she was sent to stay after the death of her grandmother. She ran away and returned to her homestead where her elder sister was trying to be the teenage head of household but could not afford to care for this youngest child or send her to school as she was working for minimum wage at a factory. Annastasia and her granny had attended the opening of the New Hope Centre and Annastacia had insisted the granny complete the forms to hand her over to our care in the event of her death. The family did not respect this and sent her to live in this other homestead where she was abused and finally ran away. She then insisted her sister bring her to New Hope Centre as her granny had arranged.


She is a good swimmer and athlete. Annastasia is bright and talented in drama, music and dance. She loves to dance and has passed with distinction Grade 6 level ballet exams with the Royal London School of Ballet. She plays the piano, keyboard, guitar and is learning the clarinet. She is a leader in praise and worship, singing and giving honour, praise and worship to God, the three in One.


Apphia

Apphia

Date of Birth 8th December, 2006


Apphia’s mother died some years ago, her father is seriously ill with HIV/AIDS full blown. Apphia was living with her grandmother in the Bethany community. She was attending our School of Happy Overcomers Preschool since February 2011. She displayed sexual abuse behaviours and had severe STD infections in her vagina and up into her liver. Our preschool educators were concerned and went to visit the Grandmother, who was also concerned because every day the child was being sexually and physically abused by the neighbourhood boys. The child would come running to the granny crying and fearful. Together with the Grandmother we took the child to the Matsapha Police station and they transferred us to the RFM Hospital for the physical examinations. She was found to have been sexually molested and had STD infections and she was put on antibiotics. We then continued with the police and social welfare but the sexual abuse we discovered was primary school boys in the neighbourhood and even her close relative young teenage boys. There seemed to be no way to protect this child in that environment. The grandmother and father took action and helped us process the child to be taken into New Hope Centre permanently and to be given her new name and a new life.


She has taken many months to heal physically and rid herself of the infections using various antibiotics. Emotionally she was very unstable and would cry for hours once she started and her crying would be from the depth of her very being but this behavior has decreased over time and she is becoming a happily adjusted child. She successfully started primary school last year and is demonstrating that she is one very clever little girl but more than that she is also maturing spiritually and flows in the love of God and in the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  To God be the Glory and we are thankful for the opportunity to bring safety, hope and life into this child’s destiny.


Azariah

Azariah

Date of Birth 1st May, 2009



We met Azariah with her two sisters(youngest of the Triplets, our Jewels)  when they were only 5 weeks old. Their mum came with these precious little bundles of life  begging us to take them, as she could not care for them or feed them. We are a children’s home for those without parents or relatives so we make every effort to find a way to support the child in their family and with their relatives. We had visitors at the time who offered to provide pampers disposables and baby formula powdered milk for the next six months of their lives. So we visited them regularly and made sure they were progressing. A nursing team from Niagara, Canada came with Melanie Stansfield and helped us with provisions and corrections in care.


Later that year we had their first birthday celebration giving thanks to God for the three little girls and that Jehovah Jireh had provided for them for their whole first year and they were well. It was a great lunch time party with all of our preschoolers from our home and the community plus the GO Team from Bethany, Oklahoma, USA.
The girls did well until they started crawling, when one of them mistakenly picked up a pot of boiling hot water that was left on the floor and poured it over her head and body as if she was bathing herself only to be scolded with the boiling water. She was severely burned and had to be hospitalized in Mankayane. This was the beginning of the overwhelming circumstances for the mum and grandmother.


We approached the Social Welfare offices in Manzini for their assistance to process the children to be assigned to New Hope Centre until they are 18 years of age like our other children. On the weekend of our national Independence celebrations Ms Rachael and Sis Tandzi went to their home and collected the three darlings and all their earthly belongings. They are now starting primary school this month. They lead worship, enjoy learning ballet and are so excited as we went buying school clothes, school bags etc with money they received for Christmas. We pray for wisdom and provision to raise these three treasures in love and faithfulness, in wisdom and favour with God and Man.


Caleb

Caleb

Date of Birth 1st January, 1992



Both parents are dead, he never met or knew his father and was desperate for a father. He was passed from family to family and then finally to strangers where he was a slave herding the cattle. At times he would run away for days confused, void of the security of knowing a fathers love. He ran away and lived as a street kid in the capital city Mbabane but found it too much for him. He finally returned on foot walking for days to where he had last known about his father only to discover he had died in February 2004. His aunt, unemployed and having eight children of her own gave Caleb to New Hope Centre. Caleb is called to be a pastor and he is already preaching and teaching the Word in our home and in the community. He is a talented singer and dancer. To prepare himself for caring for people as a shepherd he has just enrolled in the University of Pretoria to study Social Work.  The Stansfields in Niagara Canada have generously promised to help him financially through the four year degree programme.


Chloe

Chloe

Date of Birth 16th August, 2002



Chloe was five and a paternal orphan when she came to New Hope Centre. Her mother was suffering the last stages of HIV/AIDS and came to us for help having walked for 12km. She had attended the Somhlolo Festival of Praise thanks giving service on Sunday the 22nd July at the National Church where New Hope Centre children danced to the song "Here comes the King of glory". She heard that we were a home for orphaned children and so she came to bring her two children to us as she had no strength and no hope of help. She had already taken desperate measures to solve the situation and had failed. She arrived emaciated, sick and weak with two little ones in hand as she had not the strength to even carry them. Chloe is the name the Lord gave for her as it means VIBRANT and she has a vibrant and lively spirit.


Chloe has moved up to the Hope Academy and is excelling as a student. She is artistic, bright and responsible in her studies and duties. She is a delight to her teachers and to the fellow students. A beautiful gentle, quiet child. We believe God has a great ministry planned for this little girl and the name Chloe is after the founder of the first house church in the city of Corinth, likewise we believe Chloe will be a pastor shepherd caring for God’s people and displaying His kindness and mercy. She presently feels called to be a nurse and studies diligently to become one.


Debrah

Debrah

Date of Birth 12th February, 1994



Both are parents dead, she suffered sexual, emotional abuse at the homesteads where she was staying. Young men and other cousins were very cruel to her and she has had much to overcome. Her granny took her in and gave her to New Hope Centre before she died. She is a leader in New Hope Centre,, excelling in school, dance music and everything she puts her hand to. She is truly a child dedicated to excellence in all she does. Debrah has begun to play the piano. One of her sponsors passed on to heaven and her husband shipped Yvonne’s piano out to Debrah. Debrah wants to study law and is presently just beginning her final year in High School.




Elijah

Elijah

Date of Birth 30th January, 1996



Elijah is a double orphan. He has two cousins with him here at New hope Centre. He was living with his great grandmother as all his other grandparents had already died. He was severely abused physically and verbally by neghbours and his uncles in the homestead so he has had much to  overcome but he has become a fine young man. Elijah believes God has called him to be a farmer and he has been responsible for the cows and chickens at New Hope Centre.


As he has discovered his calling in life suddenly there is motivation to gain the education he will need to be a successful farmer. His hero in life is Angus Buchan, who is a farmer in Kwa-Zulu Natal who has become a preacher and mighty evangelist. Likewise Elijah believes God will make a way for him to have a mighty impact in the earth for the Kingdom of Swaziland and the Kingdom of God. Elijah visited his homestead and resolved much of the past.  This led to a great breakthrough for him as the family allocated his mother’s space in his traditional family homestead. The Lord has been good to him and he has built a house with two rooms.  Our maintenance man(uncle Lucky) our teenagers(boys and girls) have lent a hand to build the house. He is now praying and working towards how to build a chicken shed with a concrete floor, flat roof, electricity and water tank to harvest rain water.  Son he will need the funding to buy chicks, meds, saw dust and feed for 1000 chicks.  He will then begin feeding the community believing this is his calling to ensure no child ever feels hungry.


Esther

Esther

Date of Birth 26th July, 1998



Esther was left abandoned in the street as the landlord held her parent possessions in lieu of unpaid rent. We heard of her plight through a kindly store manager. She has watched both her parents suffer full blown AIDS and die. Esther has come into a ministry of healing since she had to learn how to use the Word of God to deal with her own physical challenges.


She wants to become a business woman with a travel agency so that she can promote people to travel and see all of God’s creation, all of His people and to encourage teams to go and pray for God’s will to be made manifest in the nations. She is diligent and faithful in all she does and will prosper so she can also do other things on her heart Esther recently had a dream in which she is grown up. Jesus took her to go with Him because He built her a big timber house like New Hope Centre. Jesus said it was her house and started to bring little children to come and live with her, she is most delighted.


Ethan

Ethan

Date of Birth 23rd May, 2003



Ethan is now 11 years old and is doing well in school. He is from our local Bethany community. His mother Sindi is miraculously still alive as we found her in the last stages of full blown AIDS.  We prayed and she is well but struggles to find suitable work as she never had the opportunity to have an education.  His  father is deceased.


Ethan is becoming a delightful and responsible young man. He features on the front cover of our first book called “A little child will lead them” which you can order from the website and also on the CD of songs produced by our children and others called “The New Hallelujah” which you have to order from Swaziland. His story will be featured in our new book Volume two “24 Extra-ordinary children” to be in print shortly.


Hananiah

Hananiah

Date of Birth 1st May, 2009



We met Hananiah with her two sisters when they were only 5 weeks old.  Triplets in a poverty stricken home with only a grandmother and mother, no father, no breadwinner. Their mum came with these precious little bundles begging us to take them as she could not care for them or feed them.  We are a children’s home for those without parents or relatives so we make every effort to find a way to support the child in their family and with their relatives.  We had visitors at the time who offered to provide pampers disposables and baby formula powdered milk for the next six months of their lives.  So we visited them regularly and made sure they were progressing. A nursing team from Niagara, Canada came with Melanie Stansfield and helped us with provisions and corrections in care.


Later that year we had their first birthday celebration giving thanks to God for the three little girls and that Jehovah Jireh had provided for them for their whole first year and they were well.  It was a great lunch time party with all of our preschoolers from our home and the community plus the GO Team from Bethany, Oklahoma, USA.


The girls did well until they started crawling, when one of them mistakenly picked up a pot of boiling hot water that was left on the floor and poured it over her head and body as if she was bathing herself only to be scolded with the boiling water.  She was severely burned and had to be hospitalised in Mankayane.  This was the beginning of the overwhelming circumstances for the mum and grandmother.  We tried to get help from the Social Welfare Officers in Manzini but finally their Mum was totally overwhelmed and wanted to kill herself.  The time for action had come and we took the three little girls.  This year they begin school in the ABC class with Ms Nelli Magongo as their teacher.


Hephzibah

Hephzibah

Date of Birth 17th December, 2005



Her mother is dead but her father is unknown as the mother became pregnant and never told anyone who the father was.  Her grandmother is alive but unable to care for this little girl.  Her aunt came to us in desperation as she had her own children and several other orphaned children from other deceased siblings.  The situation showed that she was both love-starved and food-starved.  She was clean but very thin and very scared.  In the few years she has been with us she has opened up and reveals her delightful personality. She is a superb student in school and very outgoing and confident. Her name means “God’s delight” and truly this little one is beginning to walk in being a delight to all in heaven and on earth.


Huldah

Huldah

Date of Birth 7th August, 2005



Huldah is a double orphan and comes from a child-headed family of 5 children.  The eldest girl aged 13 had dropped out of school in grade 7 to try to find work to support the children.  The Head teacher of the school and teachers identified the other two children (aged 8 and 11) to come as siblings to our 2012 December Hope Camp which is a psychosocial week-long camp for 8 to 12 year olds.  The Operation Hope Youth Leader at the school was concerned that the younger two girls would be left totally alone as the 13 year old had gone searching for work. Thus the process began to try to find ways to care for these two younger ones. The older siblings begged that we take these younger ones as they were at a loss how to care for them. No adult relatives could be found.  The chief’s messenger(umgijimi) was the only person who had known the parents and other relatives all of whom are deceased. He assisted in processing these two little girls.  Huldah shows serious signs of malnutrition and maladjusted behaviour and needs much love and prayer.  She is starting grade school this year and we pray she will manage the emotional tests of the new challenges.


Izak

Izak

Date of Birth 7th August, 2003



The son of Izak’s neighbour came one morning and reported that he had spent the weekend at his parents homestead and was totally distressed about the conditions of this little boy. He had sores in his eyes that were bleeding, he was being abused by his grandfather who is an alcoholic. Upon investigation we found that truly this child was sick with sores in his eyes all over his head and body, the story was that his grandfather would be drunk for days and would either not come home at all, leaving the child to fend for himself outside without any food or shelter or he would return in a rage and beat the child needlessly. Both his parents had died in the past few years and he has no other living relative according to the investigations we were able to make. We took him to a medical officer to have his health condition assessed. The doctor was astounded to find such neglect in this day and age. The child had not had any hygienic or nutritional care and lived with in great fear.

We then processed Izak through Social welfare. When we found the grandfather to sign over the guardianship of the child he confessed that he was really unable to care for the child since his wife had passed away and so he would be more than relieved for someone to relieve him of this burden. He has come to visit Izak once since he came to New Hope Centre but the child was obviously not thrilled to see him and was afraid he was going to be taken away. Since then he has really blossomed and become more confident to express himself as he is now secure in the knowledge no-one can take him away for his new home, his new family and his new life. He is now living in our teenage boys house and is a faithful cowboy caring for our 12 cows.


James

James

Date of 12th November, 1997



James is a double orphan. He had six other siblings, who remained with his great grandmother, who was old and not able to care for all of them. She has subsequently died.  She was caring for two of James cousins who are now at New Hope Centre with him. James is quiet and attentive to the needs of others. He likes riding bicycles and playing soccer. He is an amazingly gifted artist in painting, sculpturing and jewellery design.


James has fallen in love with horses since we had a Hope Camp in the Mlilwane Game Reserve a few years ago. He is praying for a brown horse that he wants to call David. He is also a member of both the national swim team and the national fishing team. He is doing well at all he sets his mind to do and God is bringing Him into a place of respect and influence in the family and the school. He has now begun to lead the worship team with Anastasia as he has become proficient on several instruments, the drums, base guitar and key board.


Jedidah

Jedidah

Date of Birth 8th July, 2003



Jedidah came to us because of a kind man who was troubled when he saw this baby left under a tree as he passed by in the bus going to work every day. He came to New Hope Centre and Auntie Caroline went with him to find the child. She found her under the tree sitting alone, unable to talk, unable to walk, unable to crawl, her hips, pelvic bones and back distorted from sitting, her body the size of a 5 month baby and no one to care for her. From the community reports and the condition of her teeth we ascertained she was two years old. Her family had all died one by one, the people in the community who had taken her had died, and the people who had then taken her in could no longer cope so they left her to herself and God intervened through this young man and New Hope Centre. Caroline processed all the legal papers and Dr Samuel Hynd examined her to find she was very weak, malnourished and would have died in days if the Lord had not intervened through this man. Her X-rays showed she had been eating handfuls of dirt to satisfy her hunger. Jedidah is her name and means “Gods darling”, as we believe the Lord is delighted in her and loves her so much as to make a way for her life.


Jedidah is now in Hope Academy and has learnt to read and write. This has opened for her a whole new joy in life, she is able to read the Bible and so begin to lead Bible study times in the house, teach in chapel and preach in the community or anywhere she goes. She has shared the story of her short life in our book entitled “A little child will lead them” which can be ordered from the website. She has shared more of her dreams of her destiny in our book  called” 24 Extra-ordinary Children” which will be available through the website also.


A miracle child and the sweetest little girl


Jemimah

Jemimah

Date of Birth 22nd August, 2002



Her father died first and she was left with a sick mother who then left her to her grandmother who was unable to protect the child from sexual, emotional and physical abuse. She came to our preschool until her mother died and then she disappeared. We visited the family to discover that truly there was no way for them to manage and so she came to New Hope Centre. Her name means “the breaking of the dawn” and we see her beginning to break through out of fear and despair. At first we saw an occasional smile and giggle. She was so happy the day she arrived as she was now with all her little school friends and she knew us all. God blessed her as that day we received a package from Scotland with some lovely pink pajamas that were her size, she had never had pajamas before in her life and was one delighted little girl.


Jemimah is in her second year of primary school and is excelling. She is developing a heart of worship through ballet lessons and music lessons. She has passed exams in both ballet and piano with the Royal College of London England.  She is a young lady of excellence. May God lead her into His divine plan that he life will be a light of hope in the world.


Jesse

Jesse

Date of Birth 1st February, 1998



His mother died in February 2004 due to Cardio Respiratory failure, AIDS related. His father heard about New Hope Centre and from his hospital bed called the police to collect us and so arrange for his children to come and live with us. We found the two boys living as street kids, abandoned by everyone, eating grasshoppers, sundried frogs they would catch and on the fence to dry out and drinking from the puddles in the road. Jesse was covered in sores and ringworm all over his body. Now his skin is healed, he is happy and so gifted in music and in school work, a brilliant child. His father sadly died of full blown AIDS.


Jesse loves to play soccer, ride bikes, climb trees and entertain folks with imaginative stories. He is developing into a brilliant musician. He excels in drums and has just been given a second hand saxophone which he loves but has to be repaired before it works properly. His dream is to lead worship, to hold praise celebrations in the communities and streets to bring praise and worship into everyday life and also to be a business man with a music school and music equipment shop. He wants to be able with his business to build refuge homes in the cities of Africa for street kids who have no where to feel safe, cared for and loved.


Joanna

Joanna

Date of Birth 22nd October, 1998



Joanna is a double orphan, both parents dead. She stayed in three different homesteads, and then she went to live with her granny. Her granny gave her to New Hope Centre. Joanna is an amazing blessing she has the gift of helps and a wonderful servant heart. She anticipates peoples needs and happily helps with much wisdom.


Joanna is now a confident teenager living in our teenage girls house. She has a passion for singing and praise and worship. She is praying for a voice teacher or voice lessons so she can develop her talent and become an international singer. Her dream is to use her talent to hold concerts that encourage people and bring hope into peoples lives. Her commitment is to have a ministry to help Prostitutes as God has touched her heart of understanding for the young women she sees along the road who display such hopelessness and lostness in life. God provided for her to go with Rachael Holt our Australian volunteer to visit rehabilitation centres for these young women in Cambodia.  Recently we approached the Government here in Swaziland to allocate land for her to begin a rehabilitation Centre.  Pray with us for this allocation and provision of all the resources she needs for this ministry


Joel

Joel

Date of Birth 1st October, 1996



Joel is a double orphan and, suffered emotional abuse at the homesteads where he was staying, especially from the hands of one uncle. This makes it difficult for him to trust. His granny took him in and gave him to New Hope Centre before she died. Joel likes playing with cars, riding bikes and he wants to be a pilot so he can be a preacher flying to remote places to share the gospel. He excels in school and is an avid reader of the Word of God. He loves telling Bible stories.


Joel’s career path is leading him to become a commercial pilot. His sponsor has contributed $10,000 that will allow him to complete his private pilot’s license.  He is now in school in Nelspruit boarding at the Flying School and attending highschool daily. He is moving forward in favour with God and man.


John

John

Date of Birth 1st November 1999

John is a double orphan. He was staying with his grandmother and separated from all his other siblings. No one cared for John and he has had much to overcome, but he is today a delightful young man. He has an incredible love and grace for the other little children in the home and cares for them showing them love and helping them adjust to life at New Hope Centre. He has a true pastors heart. John likes playing with cars and slides, and likes eating chicken and rice. His pastors heart has led him to be a cowboy and he is now learning to care for all the livestock.  He is great in drama and leadership so it will see how God will develop this heart of compassion.


Josiah

Josiah

Date of Birth 7th January, 2006



Josiah was 8 months old when he came to New Hope Centre. He came as a paternal orphan with his sister Chloe. The day he came it was a Sunday night and he arrived tired, hungry and bewildered. Ms Lindsay took the little one to care for him while we made arrangements as he is younger than we have ever taken before. God had provided the necessary diapers, baby clothes and toys for her to be able to help him that very night. He is now in Primary School. He is now the youngest boy in the house and feels alone and left out often times as his body is just not ready for the sports and activities of the older boys. He is named after the youngest King of Israel and we trust he will grow in confidence and the knowledge of Gods will for his life.


Joseph

Joseph

Date of Birth 31st December, 2002



Both of his parents are alive to our knowledge. His father abandoned the child in the womb and the mother, Yvonne, is mentally and psychologically disturbed with multiple illnesses and HIV positive. The baby and mother came to us one evening having been picked up along the road by a stranger who saw Yvonne having an epileptic fit. We took her to the hospital where she was diagnosed HIV+ with meningitis and presumed to be a certain death case within days. She prepared for her death giving Joseph to us to care for him as she is an orphan with only a very old grandfather surviving. We prayed for her as a family and she recovered. She is now living in South Africa. Joseph had  been terribly abused verbally and physically by his grandfather and cousins as Yvonne could not stand for her own rights nor for her baby’s. They terrorized her into believing she would murder her own child and so she is afraid to try to care for the child herself. He is growing in wisdom and in favour with God and man.  He has up a leadership role in the Childrens Home as he is now the senior child.  Many times he takes the responsibilities of the Big Brother in the home exercising wisdom and dealing with issues between siblings with wisdom beyond his years. He is very intelligent but struggles to focus on school work as there is always other things of interest that he would prefer to do.  Pray for him that he uses his talents academically as well as socially.




Judith

Judith

Date of Birth 4th November, 2000



Judith came to us one morning with her father in a taxi. Her father was barely able to walk or talk from weakness due to full-blown AIDS. He was her last living relative and had been discharged from the hospital for a day to find a place for the child. He had been in hospital for several months, barely alive, suffering from AIDS. A few months earlier Judith’s aunt had died and the neighbors had brought her to the hospital where her father was. The little girl had to sleep on the floor under his bed and live in a male medical ward full of very sick men, many of whom are in the very painful dying stages of AIDS. Not an ideal place for a little girl. She came to us a little bewildered with life, but a brave little one. The Lord laid the name Judith on our hearts for her as Judith was a brave young woman that took action all alone to save the nation of Israel when no other man or woman had the courage. She is now a teenager and has recently come into her own.  She sees her calling in life as a teacher of little children and she wants to have a place for children to grow and develop in confidence and in love and in the knowledge of God’s destiny for their lives.  We are certainly proud of the great leap forward in her life.


Keturah

Keturah

Date of Birth 16th June 2007



Keturah is a double orphan and is the youngest from a child-headed family of 5 children. The eldest girl aged 13 had dropped out of school in grade 7 to try to find work to support the children. The Head teacher of the school and teachers identified the other two children (aged 8 and 11) to come as siblings to our 2012 December Hope Camp which is a psychosocial week-long camp for 8 to 12 year olds. The Operation Hope Youth Leader at the school was concerned that the younger two girls would be left totally alone as the 13 year old had gone searching for work. Thus the process began to try to find ways to care for these two younger ones. The older siblings begged that we take these younger ones as they were at a loss how to care for them. No adult relatives could be found. The chief’s messenger(Umgijimi) was the only person who had known the parents and other relatives all of whom are deceased. He assisted in processing these two little girls. Keturah shows serious signs of malnutrition and withdrawal behaviour and needs much love and prayer. She is registered in Preschool and needs individual attention as she makes these transitions in life.


Keziah

Keziah

Date of Birth 1st September, 2001



Keziah’s mother was a widow and worked as a volunteer at New Hope Cente until she died. She had two children Keziah by her husband and another son by an earlier relationship. Keziahs’ grandmother was distraught as she had no means of support these two children now that her daughter had died.  She brought Keziah(her names means the fairest in the land) to come and stay with us. She is a  highly talented and clever young lady having just moved from the Childrens home to the Teenage Girls house. Her grandmother recently passed away which was a big challenge for Keziah as the two of them were great friends.  She wants to be a professional dancer and have her own school of Dance, that is much needed in Swaziland since we have no place at present.  She has persistd and excelled in ballet even leading and motivating other kids only living relative has clever little girl, misses her granny very much but we thank God she was spared of many of the sufferings and abuses that happen once the parents are deceased. She is a delightful, talented in singing and dancing and excelling in primary school.


Levi

Levi

Date of Birth 7th July, 2001



Levi arrived at New Hope Centre with his little sister, from a very poverty stricken family. The widow woman with them claimed to be the mother and was distraught, despairing and starving. She claimed they had no relatives and she alone was left with no-one and no where to turn to for help. We noted both children had evidence of physical abuse and intimidation. The children showed immense fear and distrust. We considered their situation as seriously in need of intervention to rescue their young lives and give them a safe home and a future. We were able to assist the woman with food for some days through a gift of Food for Hungry Kids from the Southbrook Christian Church in Ohio. The woman has begun to attend the local Assemblies of God Church and is showing signs of recovery as a person. Her husband worked in the mines and died after a long sickness which means if she is not treated she will follow him in a short while. The situation developed that Levi was to loose his homestead unless someone lived there, so he and his older sister moved to the mountainous homestead and New Hope Centre reroofed and restored the two rooms they could live in and registered Levi back at St Bernard School.  The Operation Hope Youth Leader watches over the family and we continue to provide food and schooling needs although he is no longer living at New Hope Centre.


Lydia is from the eastern part of the country and came to us by the referral of a local pastor. She was living in very rough conditions for a little girl and she suffered much sexual, emotional and physical abuse from her uncles in the homestead.. Lydia has developed a special love for and ability to understand little ones.  She is presently in training as a preschool teacher on a part-time basis while she helps in our preschool each morning for practical experience.  She loves to sing and often leads worship. 


Lydia, girl

Lydia, girl

BirthDate: 10th April 1997

Lydia is from the eastern part of the country and came to us by the referral of a local pastor. She was living in very rough conditions for a little girl and she suffered much sexual, emotional and physical abuse form her uncles in the homestead. She is a very slender, tall, beautiful young lady, potentially a model. She is artistic and would love to be a fashion designer. She needs much love and tender care to recover her confidence. She loves to sing and often leads worship, she is a good swimmer and needs much prayer to overcome concentration difficulties when it comes to school work.


Matthew

Matthew

Date of Birth 24 January, 2003



Matthew’s father, uncles and aunts are all deceased. His mother had full blown HIV/AIDs. His indigent grandmother is a hawker at the petrol (gas) station a few miles from New Hope Centre. She has become desperate as she is the only living relative besides his sick mother. She earns barely enough to feed herself as she sells snacks and fruits at the side of the road. If she were hit by a car and killed or injured they would be destitute. He is a sweet and quiet boy who we believe will grow to have a heart of faithfulness, love and wisdom as Jesus disciple Matthew. He is doing very well in school and wants to be a business man. His first endeavour has been to raise mangoes and avocadoes from seeds and then sell the young fruit trees in the community.


Miriam

Miriam

Date of Birth 26th November, 2001



Miriam and her brother came in one day. They are from Manzini in central part of Swaziland. Two old grannies arrived at New Hope Centre in dire straights, saying they had tried to care for these two children who come to them like stray dogs from the street. The grannies had tried but they could not manage their own grand children plus Miriam and her brother. The children were desperate as both their parents were deceased and their only living relative was a n alcoholic and violently abusive grandfather


Miriam is excelling academically and in every way. She loves to swim, do ballet, sing, do dramas, draw and make cards for her friends and sponsors. She is choreographing drama dances and is taking ballet lessons. She is wanting to be a fashion designer and God has provided her a sewing machine and she has been given some funds to purchase fabric.  We are proud to see her develop her creativity. She has just recently moved up to the Teenage girls house and is maturing well in her new environment.  She is an active member of the worship team.


Mishael

Mishael

Date of Birth 1st May, 2009



We met Mishael with her two sisters when they were only 5 weeks old.  Their mum came with these precious little bundles begging us to take them as she could not care for them or feed them. Triplets is a handful for anyone. We are a children’s home for those without parents or relatives so we made every effort to find a way to support these children in their family and with their relatives.  We had visitors at the time who offered to provide pampers (disposables) and baby formula powdered milk for the next six months of their lives.  So we visited them regularly and made sure they were progressing. The nursing team from Niagara, Canada came with Melanie Stansfield and helped us with provisions and corrections in care. Later that year we had their first birthday celebration giving thanks to God for the three little girls and that Jehovah Jireh had provided for them for their whole first year and they were well.  It was a great lunch time party with all of our preschoolers from our home and the community plus the GO Team from Bethany, Oklahoma, USA.  The girls did well until they started crawling, when one of them mistakenly picked up a pot of boiling hot water that was left on the floor and poured it over her head and body as if she was bathing herself only to be scolded with the boiling water.  She was severely burned and had to be hospitalised in Mankayane.  This was the beginning of the overwhelming circumstances for the mum and grandmother.


We approached the Social Welfare offices in Manzini for their assistance to process the children to be assigned to New Hope Centre until they are 18 years of age like our other children. But they took time and many home visits.  On the weekend of our national Independence celebrations Ms Rachael and Sis Tandzi went to their home and collected the three darlings and all their earthly belongings.  They are now starting school with the ABC class of Hope Academy. We pray for wisdom and provision to raise these three treasures in love and faithfulness, in wisdom and favour with God and Man.


Naomi

Naomi

Date of Birth 20th May, 2002



Naomi was five years old when she came to New Hope Centre, a double orphan. Her great grandmother walked all the way to New Hope Centre when she could no longer physically, emotionally and financially care for this child. The great grandmother reported that all of her children and their children had died. She had managed to find people to take care of her older great grandchildren, but could not find a home for Naomi. No one in the community would take Naomi, as she was not yet strong enough to work or care for other little ones. When Naomi saw our home she was delighted and so happy to have adopted siblings and friends with whom to play.  Her grandmother died and it was a challenging time for her but she has pulled through that dark period and will soon be moving up to the teenage girls house at the end of this first school term.  She has joined the Swazi Children’s Mass Choir and they have just cut their first CD.  It can be ordered by contacting our email address


Nehemiah

Nehemiah

Date of Birth 1st November, 2006



This little boy lived with his sister and his grandmother near New Hope Centre. His granny is alcoholic and does not cope with life very well since she is HIV positive and on Antiretroviral Therapy. She has no home and was living with another old lady who was her friend. The old lady who was her friend was the real person caring for the children but she died it  created a serious crisis for this fragile family. The grandmother and four grandchildren were all made homeless. The oldest girl is finished school and is living with some friend of hers. We met her once but she was reticent to share the details of her life. The other child is studying in at Lobamba National High School and we have not met her so have not been able to be involved in her life. When the grandmothers friend died they all lost their accommodation and their friend. This left the granny and two children homeless and with no action plan for survival. She and the granny friend had been coming for help at New Hope Centre for about two years. We had provided food, clothes, blankets and medical assistance until the loss of their accommodation made this help insufficient When they came up after the death of the granny friend Nehemiah showed signs of physical abuse from beatings and behavioural abnormality from shoutings and verbal abuse, He had a swollen face from seriously swollen glands.


We immediately took him to the Bethany Scutt Jubilee clinic for treatment and medications. He has improved physically and has done tremendously in overcoming and healing from the abusive world where he once lived. He is learning much about the love of God and family life.  He is becoming a confident young leader and is a member of the Swazi Childrens Mass Choir. He is excelling in grade school and moving ahead speedily in the ACE PACES programme


Noah

Noah

Date of Birth 2nd August, 1995



Noah’s mother died in February 2004 due to Cardio Respiratory failure, AIDS related. His father was in hospital dying of full blown AIDS when he heard of New Hope Centre. Noah’s father asked the police to contact New Hope Centre, so that we could collect his two boys from the streets where they had been abandoned. He wanted to make sure Noah and his little brother Jesse were loved and cared for. He wept bitterly when he knew they would be raised "in the church, and know God". Noah is growing in the Lord and in wisdom, He has a very tender heart. Noah is an excellent dancer and superb swimmer. Noah has a dream to use his sporting abilities to reach out to other young people with the Good news of how to be born again and have abundant life. He is coaching his younger brothers and sisters at New Hope Centre and has the opportunity once again to swim in the Olympics in Brazil.  The last time he was not able to enter the official swim galas to record his qualifying times.  This time he is in Swaziland and will be able to participate in all the galas.  He is coach and he is a swimmer, two of the other boys are competing to be selected for the Olympics as is Joanna.


Phillippa

Phillippa

Date of Birth 11th August, 1997



With both parents dead, Philippa was given to an old lady in another community, to look after the old lady. This old lady died and Philippa was daily going to a Christian woman’s home to get food. This Christian woman tried to find someone in the community who would care for the child. No-one would take in the child so the woman took her to one of the Queens of our former King Sobhuza who is a Godly old lady. Queen LaZwane immediately contacted us to see if we could take this destitute child. Philippa is quiet but very clever and longs to be preaching and telling others of the love of Jesus and the mercy of God.


Phillippa is a bright, motivated young woman and is now at Penryn College, one of the top five colleges in South Africa. She feels that the Lord is calling her to be a medical doctor and has been given the skills to succeed. When she is eligible she will apply for whatever scholarships are available to her.


Phoebe

Phoebe

Date of Birth 6th September, 1998



Phoebe is from the Eastern area of the country. She is a double orphan since both parents have died. She and her brother lived with their grandfather until their pastor called us to inform us the grandfather had had a stroke and could no longer care for the children. The old man was desperate to give the children a hope and a future. He had no other children of his own with whom to leave the children. The children were referred to us by the local pastor who wept on the phone when we contacted him back to inform him that we could take the children. Phoebe is a happy girl and loves praise and worship. She is in leadership training for children’s camps and children’s clubs going to training classes every Wednesday afternoon and sometimes over the weekends as part of the leadership team for other children in the camps.


Phoebe loves to dance Israeli dance, hip-hop, and ballet. She loves to sing and worship the Lord and often leads worship. She is working with the worship team at church to produce a CD of the worship songs she has written.  Each recorded song will cost her USD130 and she aims to have 15 songs so she not only needs grace to record and edit the music but also to find the funds to cut each song through a production company in Mbabane.  At 16 this is greatly ambitious and she needs all the help and support we can give her.  She wants to be a medical doctor and so is diligent with her school work but needs resources for a mini science lab at New Hope Centre so she can prepare for medical school.


Priscilla

Priscilla

Date of Birth 23rd November, 2005



Priscilla arrived at New Hope Centre with her older brother from a very poverty stricken family and not much of a story. The widow woman with them claimed to be the mother and was distraught, despairing and starving. She claimed they had no relatives and she alone was left with no-one and no where to turn to for help. We noted both children had evidence of physical abuse and intimidation. The children showed immense fear and distrust. We considered their situation as seriously in need of intervention to rescue their young lives and give them a safe home and a future. We were able to assist the woman with food for some days through a gift of Food for Hungry Kids from the Southbrook Christian Church in Ohio. The woman has begun to attend the local Assemblies of God Church and is showing signs of recovery as a person. Her husband worked in the mines and died after a long sickness which means if she is not treated she will follow him in a short while. Priscilla is a delightful little girl. At first she was so scared she did not say a word and hid her face if you greeted her or looked at her, but now in chapel every morning she runs around with arms wide open to give everyone a hug and when she is happy she jumps up and down. This year she begins ABC class in Hope Academy though she is older the extra time in the preschool has helped her mature and be ready to progress in school.


Ruth

Ruth

Date of Birth 16th March, 2000



With both parents dead, Ruth had suffered considerable sexual and emotional abuse at the homesteads where she was staying. She was cared for by a child-minder until her grandfather died and then there was no-one to pay the child-minder. Her pastor referred her to the New Hope Centre. For a long time Ruth would cry whenever she was awakened. She is now developed into a sweet and charming young lady.  She loves ballet and went on a school trip to Johannesburg where she saw Swan Lake and she is now dreaming of a time when she can dance in such a production.  The options are limited in Swaziland but we hope someday somehow she will have such an opportunity.  She is a teenager now and lives in the teenage girls house. She was able to go to Israel last year through sponsorship to the International Celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles.  Her commitment is to become a teacher and have her own school.


Samuel

Samuel

Date of Birth 31st December, 1999



Samuel is from the Eastern area of the country. He is a double orphan since both parents have died. He and his sister had lived with their grandfather until the time when his health has been failing and he was desperate to give the children a hope and a future. He had no other children of his own with whom to leave the children. The children were referred to us by the local pastor who wept on the phone when we contacted him back to inform him that we could take the children.


Samuel is an anointed preacher. He was invited to preach at a children’s camp in Zimbabwe a few years ago when he was only 8 years of age. He is named after Samuel the prophet in the Bible of whom it was written “not one word that came from his mouth fell to the ground”, likewise this young man has a heart after God’s heart and a mind after God’s mind. He loves to ride bikes, go fishing, play soccer, lead worship and climb trees. He has recently moved into the teenage boys house and often serves as caregiver for the younger boys.  He has suddenly become serious about his school work which will enable him to go farther in life.


Seth

Seth, boy


Birth Date: 26th November 2001


Seth and his sister came in one day. They are from Manzini in the central part of Swaziland. Two old grannies arrived at New Hope Centre in dire straights, saying they had tried to care for these two children who come to them like stray dogs from the street. The grannies had tried but they could not manage their own grand children plus Seth and his sister. Seth is an artist and loves basket ball.  Thank fully in the teenage houses we have a basket ball ring in the dining hall so he can practice but we still have to make a multipurpose outdoor court for basket ball, tennis and volley ball. Pray with us we can do this before these kids are passed the active age., He wants to be an engineer and spent much time working with one of our South African volunteers learning how to service and repair cars.


Suzzanna

Suzanna

Date of Birth 18th April, 1999

With both parents dead, Suzzanna had suffered sexual and emotional abuse at her granny’s homestead. Her granny was too frail and old to care for her and protect her. She had learned many unhealthy behavioral habits, but with much prayer and nurturing she has overcome and is healing. Suzzanna is very bright girl with a strong personality of authority and leadership. Suzzanna loves ballet, singing, reading, preaching, leading worship, climbing trees, eating fresh fruit from our own fruit trees and excelling in school.


Suzzanna has volunteered in our Hope Camps to be the Director of the psychosocial camps that we run for double orphaned children nominated by their teachers in 40 schools around Swaziland. The first camp she partnered in leadership with a Youth Leader and with Caleb our eldest son. The next camp Caleb was away at school and she partnered with the Youth leader, but the last camp she has Directed alone, learning how to work with adults and with children, with her siblings and with orphans she has never met before. She will do great exploits in the Kingdom in her time.


Tabitha

Tabitha

Date of Birth 31st July, 2000



Tabitha is a double orphan. She was living with her uncle in Manzini as he is the only living relative. He was no longer able to care for her and the stress in the family was causing problems for his own children. He was also an orphan himself so had no other extended family who could care for Tabitha. He had suffered as a child, not having proper care and support, and did not want this little one to suffer and struggle as he had. He visited the New Hope Centre and was relieved to know that God had made provision for children who had no-one to love and care for them. He was so overwhelmed that he wept as he made out the application forms and prepared to meet us the following day. Tabitha had been schooling at Nazarene Beaufort School until the following day when he brought her to New Hope Centre with her small brown school case of all her possessions, wearing her school uniform. Tabitha is so sweet. As we explained the role that the Biblical Tabitha had in the early church and how she was resurrected to continue her life, our Tabitha smiled, and said that now she is at New Hope Centre she has been resurrected and can have joy once more. Tabitha now is a teenager, an avid reader and dancer. She wants to become a professional dancer and we need God to make a way.  We thankfully have a ballet teacher in Mbabane but a school of dance is what she needs and prays for.


Timothy

Timothy

Date of Birth 5th December, 2000



Timothy and his little brother came to us because their mother saw our van in town and asked people what New Hope Centre was about. They told her we take children who are destitute and need a new home and a new family. She walked for 12Km to reach us and ask if we would take her two little boys as she is dying of HIV/AIDS. Their father had already died along with many other family members. Their grandmother has become mentally disturbed through all the stress of the disintegration of the family so the mother was distraught about her two little boys. Thankfully God has provided for them and they are now in New Hope Centre. Timothy was named after Timothy, Paul’s son in the Lord, as he has such a sweet and lovely nature. He is committed to becoming a missionary to help people and bringing the saving grace of God into people’s lives.  He would love to go to YWAM for Discipleship training when he is a little older.  For now he is diligent in school and is a good friend to anyone in need.


Tirzah

Tirzah

Date of Birth 10th October, 1994



Tirzah and her sister were referred to us by a missionary couple working in the north of the country who work to provide for the orphan care points in the area. The two girls were found to be living totally alone, aged 11 and 6.


When Tirzah came she knew of no living relatives but recently her brother and his new wife arrived at New Hope Centre. They had traced the family and found that the two little girls were still alive and living in a new home and a new family. This has been an amazing delight and breakthrough for these girls. Tirzah is talented in dance, loves reading and drama, plays the guitar. She wants to be a medical doctor so she can build hospital in her mountainous home region so no other child or person has to suffer with no medical help or advice ever again.


Tirzah is attending high school in Matsapha, but desperately needs $500 to complete her first term. For the year she will need $1,500.


Titus

Titus

Date of Birth 24th December, 2003



He is a paternal orphan as his mother is alive, although she was very sick with HIV/AIDS. Titus’s brother is Timothy. Titus came to us a very sick little boy but he has overcome and is tough, energetic strong young boy. He is excelling in everything he does. He loves to read, to draw, to play soccer especially in defense as he is the star Goal keeper, he makes music with anything he can use a drum sticks although he is only learning to play the recorder in music lessons. He loves swimming and going fishing with the big boys.


Zadok

Zadok

Date of Birth 24th May, 2000



Zadok started in preschool with us and is now doing very well in school. He is boy’s boy. He used to lead the games boys play like sword fights, soccer, pillow fights. He has outgrown that now.  He has an incredible ability to draw and to hear from God with revelation knowledge. He wants to play soccer as a sport but one day be a pastor and he will be an excellent one at caring for people deeply.


Zechariah

Zechariah, boy


Birth Date: 10th August 2000


Zechariah is half brother to Jemimah. His father died and Zechariah lived with his mother until she became ill and died. When the mother died and we visited the homestead we found him. He had not been able to go to school because his fathers family had no means to help his mother. He was living with the grandmother and had much healing to go through from the abuse he has suffered sexually, physically and emotionally.


Zeruiah

Zeruiah

Date of Birth 21st May, 2008



This little girl lived with her brother and alcoholic grandmother. She was not coping very well with life since she was HIV positive and on Antiretroviral Therapy. She is yet alive but poor in health and in every way. She has no home and was living with another old lady who was her friend. The old lady who was her friend was the real person caring for the children but she died creating a serious crisis for this fragile family. The grandmother and four grandchildren were all made homeless. The oldest girl is finished school and is living with some friend of hers. We met her once but she was reticent to share the details of her life. The other child is studying in at Lobamba National High School and we have not met her so have not been able to be involved in her life.


Following the death of the friend who had provided their only home the grandmother had no where to go. The two little kids and their grandmother came up the mountain seeking urgent help. The Granny was actually having to drag Zeruiah as she was too small to walk properly. Her brother was able to walk but had a swollen face from seriously swollen glands. Zeruiah has major health challenges as can be expected from such an unstable and poverty stricken home. She has suffered from physical and verbal abuse making her life very challenging for her and those around her.  We have found a school for special needs children and Zeruiah is being sponsored to go to this small school in Matsapha. She has learned to focus and learned to walk on her own since being with us at New Hope Centre but she needs much prayer, care, patience, love and help to make into her calling. She will one day be like John the Baptist preparing the way for the revelation of the Kingdom of God in our midst.


Zipporah

Zipporah

Date of Birth 2nd April, 1998



Zipporah and her sister were referred to us by a missionary couple working in the north of the country. They were working to provide for the orphan care points in the area. The two girls were found to be living totally alone, aged 11 and 6.


They had no known relatives although their brother has recently found them. This was wonderful news but the sad news also confirmed their older teenage sister has died recently. Zipporah came to us with many physical challenges but has one by one overcome them and through the kind gift of a couple in Ohio she was able to have needed surgery in South Africa that has enabled her to breathe and sleep, and this has transformed her life. She is able to hear, to run and play like other children, since she is able now to get enough oxygen she can concentrate and do well in school. She is a swimmer, dancer, singer and considerate helper in many things. It is a blessing to have her as part of the family at New Hope Centre. She feels called to care for others through a nursing career.

     

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