PARTNERS IN PARENTING (PIP)

What it is

Partners in Parenting is a project designed to cater to the development gaps in young children due to the lack of father involvement in their lives. Through years of serving the children in the community in our various programs, we’ve realised that 46% of the households are led by single women. The project brings together the mothers and the fathers (80) and or father figures through a series of workshops and monthly meetings where they are capacitated on how to raise children in a collaborative manner. This ensures that children will be raised in a holistic environment and also lessens the burden on the women, who end having to carry these families alone. Activities:

  • Monthly parent workshops
  • Homestead visits for monitoring
  • Weekly Life skills training for kids and youth clubs
  • Home gardens
  • Interclub networking with sports, games and cultural dances

The Context

In the past young boys & girls were infomally trained to become responsable fathers and mothers. (This practice was called: ugumeni; grandmothers capacitating girls on how to be a good woman and esangweni; grandfathers capacitation boys on how to be a good man). Many parents and grandparents have died, due to HIV/AIDS. Its ramifications have created a gap that took away these traditional structures. Many of the children are now raised by mothers 46% (MC survey, 2020). The 2016/17 Eswatini Households Income and Expenditure Survey indicated 49.4% of female headed households

PIP Project Manager Mr Nkambule adressing participants