Matjana Community Preschool

Kaphunga Swaziland

Matjana is a not-for-profit, community preschool in rural Swaziland

Matjana Inaugural Fundraising Party

Written by Michelle Brear

Matjana Fundraising Party Unmarried Girls dance the Ingadla
Unmarried Boys dance the Sibhaca Unmarried Girls dance the Ingadla

At the Matjana Community Preschool inaugural fundraising party, Ndabeni’s women and children turned out in droves and put on a remarkable display of traditional Swazi dancing. It was the first  “test” of the community’s willingness to support the preschool project- they passed with flying colours. Not only did women of the community respond to the organisers’ request to organize a dance performance (which was spectacular and vastly exceeded expectations) they organized amongst themselves to fetch water and firewood for the day.

Dancing with joyAlready seasoned Dancers

People of different
ages preformed different Dances.
But there are no age limits.

Over R1000 was raised for the preschool on the day. While this is only half what we’d hoped to raise, the day was still considered a huge success! Through the fundraiser the women of Kaphunga demonstrated their motivation and ability to support the preschool, tested the idea of a village fundraiser and bought members of the Kaphunga community together for an incredibly enjoyable day. We’re confident that our next fundraiser will raise well over R2000!

Married Women preform the Lutsango Dance (click to Enlarge) The Lutsango(click to Enlarge)

Married Women preform the Lutsango Dance

In this dance women pretend to be cooking, a job they traditionally perform in the Swazi home. They wear traditional clothing. The sicolo (headdress) shows that they are married women.

A Picture of the Swaziland Flag


Matjana 2009

New Swings for Matjana

2009 Begins

2009 School Committee

Matjana 2008

Improving MPS in 2008

Parents get involved in MPS Committee

Comparing 2007 and 2008

Dancing at MPS

Training Swaziland Teachers

Ministry of Education Inspection

Matjana Excursion 2008

Graduation Party 2008

Matjana 2007

The First Month

Why Kaphunga needs a preschool

Inaugural Fundraising Day

Matjana becomes Registered

Michelle gets Siswati lessons

Enrolment for 2008

Plans for A new Classroom

Chris and Corina visit Matjana

Fun Filled End to first Year

The Graduation