Manzini, 03 June, 2020 / 3:13 am (ACI Africa).
In an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on families in Swaziland, members of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians (MSMHC), a Religious Order of nuns based in the Southern Africa country, are reaching out to the needy with humanitarian relief, the nuns involved in the intervention in Manzini Diocese have reported.
“We, the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, touched by the poverty and suffering people of Malkerns (Manzini Diocese), planned to reach out to the needy, by offering them food, sanitizers, soap and masks which are basic needs at this time,” the Sisters reported.
In the report published June 1 by the Catholic Diocese of Manzini, the Sisters indicate that “there are thousands of people who live from hand to mouth, on a daily basis. With the deprivation of jobs, there are many who have lost their livelihood.”
Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the two-diocese nation on March 14, the initiative spearheaded by three nuns in partnership with various benefactors has benefited 1,955 individuals in some 425 families across 31 villages.
The landlocked Southern African nation, which borders Mozambique and South Africa has recorded at least 293 COVID-19 cases, 194 recoveries and three related deaths.