In response to the dire need for orphan care facilities within Eswatini, Kevin Ward and his wife, Helen, opened full time child care in 1999. . Believing that every child deserves to grow up in a loving family.
In response to the dire need for orphan care facilities within Eswatini, Kevin Ward and his wife, Helen, opened full time child care in 1999. Believing that every child deserves to grow up in a loving family, CMS designed their childcare model to place a maximum of seven children with one mother figure. All caretakers, called “aunties” are specially trained by CMS to care for victims of trauma or abuse, as many children received into CMS’s care come from troubling backgrounds – not least of which includes the loss of parents.
CMS currently cares for approximately 400 children in full-time orphan care.
Through their network of ministry sites and facilities, CMS is able to care for children of all ages, ranging from birth to late teens. The Eswatini social welfare department is responsible for the placement of orphaned or vulnerable children throughout the nation. For this reason, CMS is in constant communication with government officials referring various children to their care.
Through CMS’s ICBC (In Community By Community) model, they are able to reach the rural communities and identify children at risk or recently orphaned. The head pastor of the ICBC site is then responsible to meet the immediate needs of the children. Best practice, as defined by the Eswatini government is to provide a means by which the children are able to remain in their native community, providing them with a connection to their supporting relatives and community members.
In case where this is not a viable solution, CMS will be directed by social welfare to provide more direct care by having the ICBC pastor provide housing and familial care for the children at the ICBC site, still keeping the children within their native communities.
In the case of extenuating circumstances (such as community abuse) that result in social welfare determining to find secondary placement for the children, the orphaned or vulnerable children will then be placed either with Bulembu Ministries Swaziland or Hawane CLC, a central ICBC site equipped with large child care facilities.