Heart for Africa trips focus in four specific areas, Hunger, Orphans, Poverty, and Education. Participating in an 11 day service trip with Heart for Africa will make an eternal impact in your life and the lives of those you go and serve in Swaziland. Each trip participant has the opportunity to serve at Project Canaan OR at one of our rural partner churches in Swaziland. Each team is made up of nine participants and the work includes gardening, distributing TOMS Shoes to all children between the ages of 2-18 and an opportunity to feed the hungry, pray with the sick and encourage the people who are working to care for the orphans and vulnerable children in the most rural areas of the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Please note that each trip fills on a first come, first served basis. Your initial deposit secures your initial reservation for a specific trip, but the reservation must be maintained by meeting the funding deadlines we will provide to you in communications following your registration. Complete funding deadlines will be provided to you in communications following your registration. Please note that all donations towards your trip's cost are non-refundable, tax-deductible donations to Heart for Africa to the full extent allowed by law.
Day One - Saturday: Depart
from North America.
Day Two – Sunday: Arrive in
Johannesburg and overnight at the City Lodge Airport Hotel.
Day Three – Monday: Drive
to Swaziland, check in, group orientation, meet your team and team leader, and
Day Four – Tuesday: All
teams go to Project Canaan for the day. They will get a two-hour tour of
the project to include agriculture projects, irrigation, goat and chicken
farming, ISO Building, El Roi Baby home, Kufundza Vocational Training Center
and the El Rofi Medical Center. Teams will get to work serving in areas
of need based on skill set (painting, greenhouses, construction, woodworking,
planting, watering). They will prepare the seedlings that will be planted in
the rural church gardens, as well as prepare the vegetables that will be
delivered to those churches by the team on Friday. Teams will also be provided
with information on a Project Canaan Family whom they will visit the following
day. The number of family members, ages and sizes will be provided so
that the team can prepare clothing, TOMS shoes and food from Project Canaan and
get instructions for the visit. During 2012, we served 30 families in the
surrounding rural community including the families of Project Canaan workers
and orphan-headed households who are in need. In 2013, we will continue serving
Day Five – Wednesday: Each
team will be assigned two Project Canaan families in need. The team will drive
to Project Canaan and collect the shoes and food for the family visit. They
will also bring clothing for that family if available from the “second
suitcase” of donated clothing that people may have brought with them. The
team will continue to serve that family by visiting them, praying with them,
listening to them, planting and watering a garden with them. This is a
great opportunity to get to see Swazi culture up close while developing a
relationship with an individual family who is in need and who we want to
provide extra support to.
Day Six – Thursday:
Individual volunteers will have the opportunity to spend the day on a game
drive (safari) and a market shopping expedition.
Day Seven – Friday: This
will be the first day the team goes out to visit their rural church. The team
will spend time with the pastor and/or church leaders learning more about the
church, the community and their needs. They will replant the vegetable
garden with seedlings from the Project Canaan greenhouse, deliver the fresh
fruit and vegetables, and begin preparation for cooking and serving on Sunday at
“Litsemba” after Sunday service. Today will also be a day of home visits
to the surrounding community, visiting the sick and helping where we can.
Day Eight – Saturday: This
is the best day in the rural church community as all the children are out of
school. There will be a time to
play soccer with the kids, prepare food for Sunday, distribute donated
clothing, rehearsal for any musicians who want to be a part of the service on
Sunday and TOMS Shoe distribution to all children between the ages of 2 and
Day Nine – Sunday: Teams
will head out to their rural church to attend church service. People
working on food preparation will join the women to begin cooking while anyone
participating in the Litsemba service gets ready for worship. Other team
members can help with children’s church with songs and message. Church
will begin at approximately 10:00 AM and will go until after noon. Lunch
will be served to all who come after the service. It is a day of
fellowship and encouragement. Teams will arrive back at the hotel for
their farewell dinner together.
Day Ten – Monday:
Individuals will check out of the hotel, stop at the Glass Factory, and take
the five hour bus ride back to Johannesburg for an evening flight back to the
US and Canada.
Day Eleven – Tuesday:
Everyone arrives back home and begins to think and pray about how they can help
the people they got to know and love in Swaziland.