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CURRENT EVENTS

Want to get involved in helping the children of Swaziland? Here’s how you can:

2018 Swazi Dance

New 2018 date:
Saturday Feb 10th!
8-11pm

Molly Spillane’s
211 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck, NY
$60 /pp
Open Bar, Hors d’Oeuvres, and Music
Tickets are available from a member, at the door or
by emailing info@swazilegacy.org

2016 trip.

Enjoy the photos from our 2016 trip taken by 18 students from schools in NY, PA and Ireland and 10 adults from NY and Ireland:

THANK YOU CARDS

Some of the Thank You cards we received from the Swazi children:

OUr LEgACY

The story of Father Pat that continues today.

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The Story of Father Pat

Father Pat Ahern was a priest who helped feed, shelter and educate the orphaned children in Swaziland from 1962 to his death in 2009. He was a member of the Salesians, who lived through the anti-apartheid movement, and one of the founding members of Manzini Youth Care. Father Pat is buried in Swaziland. 

Continuing the Legacy 

When Father Pat passed away, members of his family traveled to Swaziland for his burial. It was during this visit that they realized the full impact of his life-long work and how important it was to the people there. The children of Swaziland depended on him so much that they could not turn their backs on his mission, and they became inspired to continue his important work. 

Jean Kenny
(President)

Brendan Ahern
(Director)

Dan Ahern
(Director)

Chris Ahern
(Director)

Mike Heffernan
(Treasurer)

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Cora Creed
(Secretary)

Jack Hughes
(Counsel)

             

poster19MY SWAZI EXPERIENCE 

Eastchester HS Alumni Clara Lesch

In the summer of 2013, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Swaziland with Swazi Legacy. Through each experience I had I felt more and more connected to the mission of Swazi Legacy. However, it was meeting a ten-year-old girl named Jeanie that made the mission of Swazi Legacy a part of who I am. The first time I met Jeanie, she was standing in the entryway of McCorkindale’s Orphanage. At first she was extremely shy but soon she was holding my hand, as well as showing me around the grounds of McCorkindale’s. She introduced me to her brothers and sisters. Over the course of the next few days Jeanie and I developed a strong bond. After school she would come and sit with me and was eagerly waiting to help out. We would talk and dance but mostly we would laugh together. Jeanie found the joy in every moment we spent together, I had never met a happier child. It was on our last night together that I was told just 2 weeks prior to the arrival of Swazi Legacy, Jeanie along with her four siblings had attended their mother’s funeral. After experiencing such darkness, Jeanie was still shining brighter than anyone I knew. Her happiness was infectious and I promised her I would be back.

This past summer I was able to keep my promise to Jeanie and return to Swaziland with Swazi Legacy. I was unsure if I would see Jeanie on this visit because we did not know where she was staying. On our first day at Manzini Youth Care I felt a tug on my hand and looked down to see Jeanie looking up at me. She was a lot taller, and her face looked a lot older and a lot wiser. I tried to hold back tears as I hugged her with all my might for the first time in so many years. The course of the next few days was different than the first summer I spent with Jeanie. Instead of going across the front lawn and giggling, we spent a lot of time talking. We spent a great deal of time talking about the future. Jeanie wants to leave Swaziland and come to the United States to get a college education. She wants to be a doctor and help people. From what I have heard from Jeanie’s teachers, if anyone can do it, it’s her. Leaving Jeanie this past summer hurt more than I can put into words. Again, I promised her I would be back, and I promised myself that I would get her the education she deserves.

How Can you Help?

Want to get involved in helping the children of Swaziland? Here’s how you can:

Create awareness
in your school
or community

Examples of projects done were:
• Eastchester HS has an Poster Competition
• Global Village Day at Byram Hills
• Valentine Card exchange with Swaziland Students
• Swazi Day at Eastchester High School
( Living on a Dollar-a-Day) 
• Byram Hills Cross Country Shoe Drive
• Coffee Morning with Friends in Adare Ireland
• School Wide Raffle in Tarbert Comprehensive School Ireland
• Kerry Movers and Shakers
• St. Patrick’s in Armonk NY CYO Basketball uniform drive 

mission trips.

In 2013 and 2016, we visited Swaziland on a self-funded mission, and worked with the children in the classrooms, created a wonderful playground mural and renovated some of the classrooms and homes. Our trips were an overwhelming success and more than ever we see the need to support this cause.

(Link to 2013 trip)

(Link to 2016 trip)

bullet2Contact us to create your own Mission trip.

donate.

Donations and proceeds from our fundraisers go directly to support Manzini Youth Care and the McCorkindale’s Orphanage in Swaziland. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity organization.

bullet3Mail a check to Swazi Legacy, Inc.
…..P.O. Box 905, Yonkers, NY 10704

bullet2Contact us about giving stocks or matching contributions at info@swazilegacy.org 

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The Problem

Swaziland is a small landlocked country located in southern Africa and is slightly smaller than New Jersey. An estimated 66% of the population lives below the poverty line. HIV and AIDS also plague the community. Because of the disease there are an estimated 70,000 orphaned children in Swaziland today.

Our Impact

Swazi Legacy strives to erase the inequities that exist among the children of our world by raising awareness and fostering social activism. It is our goal to work together as a community in order to provide a positive educational environment that will enable those individuals facing the most dire circumstances to succeed in our world.

whitebullet1  In over 8 years, we have raised over $600,000.

whitebullet2  Currently supporting the maintance of 5 boys and 1 girl’s homes and educating all who are living in those homes.

 zigzag  Began a pen pal program between Swazi children and the children of EHS, and exchanged Valentine’s cards yearly.

 whitebullet1  St. Patrick’s in Armonk donated basketball jersey’s. We now have a St. Pats basketball team in Swaziland in honor of Father Pat Ahern.

( gallery of posters ) 

.Swazi Legacy, Inc. P.O. Box 905 Yonkers, NY 10704 | info@swazilegacy.org 

Swazi Legacy, Inc. is a New York State non-for-profit corporation and a recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity organization dedicated to assisting in the support, care, and education of marginalized and homeless young people at risk through poverty in Swaziland.