What do we do?
Comfort for Africa is involved in a wide variety of projects aimed at alleviating suffering caused by poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Kingdom of Eswatini. Our primary initiatives are:
We also arrange annual short-term teams that visit Eswatini in June/July. Part of the ministry of those short-term teams is the loading, shipping, and distribution of clothing, medicine, and relief supplies via a 40-foot sea container.
You can read more about each of our initiatives below.
The Discipleship initiative
We believe that the backbone of community change is the local church. As such, since our inception, Comfort for Africa has partnered with the local church in Eswatini. For CFA, Discipleship means church partnership.
Some of our discipleship activities include:
Preaching and teaching at our partner churches
Participating in conventions and other special events in the life of our partner church
Providing Bibles to those who cannot afford them
Partnering with the Bible Society of Eswatini to bring their Trauma Healing Program into the church
The Education initiative
Since we first visited Madudula in July of 2007, it has been the aim of our organization to build and maintain a mission school there.
The structure that eventually became the assembly room was started in 2008. The classroom foundations were laid by 2010. By 2013 the school opened for grades 1 to 3.
Today, BCMC Primary School is in session for grades 1 through 7. A comprehensive education is offered to combine academic studies, agricultural training and technical schooling. Presently there are 150 students enjoying the newly completed classrooms.
The Deaf initiative
The vision for our Deaf initiative goes back to 2013, when Cathy Sander met Lungile, a woman who works at the SISEMA conference center where our team stays. Cathy approached Lunglie to talk with her, and learned that Lungile is Deaf. Immediately Cathy signed the lyrics from a song that we were teaching the children, and Lungile's face lit up in recognition and excitement. Unfortunately, Cathy knew no other sign beyond finger spelling. Nevertheless, the two managed to communicate and forged a friendship.
Upon her return to the United States, Cathy began to study American Sign Language (ASL) and when she returned to Swaziland in 2018, She and Lungile were able to have their first conversation in sign.
eSwatini has a higher than typical incidence of deafness. One reason for this is the high incidence of HIV infection, which can cause hearing loss . Another reason is that the treatment for tuberculosis, another disease prevalent in eSwatini, causes hearing loss or deafness in about a quarter of those treated .
Most deaf people are not able to communicate effectively even with their own family. Lip reading is not as effective as many hearing people would like to believe,  and few hearing people learn sign language. Thus deafness can be a very isolating condition. But it does not have to be.
The goal of our Deaf initiative is simple: we will study at the Swazi Sign Language College in Manzini and learn to communicate in sign. Once we have learned the language, we will be able to engage with the Deaf community in eSwatini and to find out from them how best to empower Deaf Swazis.
Since 2007, Comfort for Africa has taken short-term teams to work in the Kingdom of eSwatini.
With much regret, we must announce that this year, due to COVID-19, the short-term team has been cancelled.
Each Spring we fill a 40′ Sea Container with relief supplies including food, clothing, coats, shoes and medical supplies. For months in advance of the ship date, dozens of volunteers in the USA collect goods donated by their generous friends, family members, business colleagues, classmates, etc . All goods are sorted, boxed and labeled for shipping. The container is then shipped to Eswatini. After a month on the ocean, the container arrives in Eswatini and its contents are distributed to those in need in the villages we visit.
This year due to COVID-19 we have been forced to delay the shipment of the Sea Container. We will update this site when we have more information about when the container will be shipped.