The Nkwalini Project
Dr. Staussa Ervin
Mind Peace International /Mbabane
Project Introduction
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The Nkwalini, Zone 4, Community Health & Social Center celebrated it’s
one year anniversary April 2013 of the collaboration of the building of this
center between Fort Worth, TX and Mbabane, Swaziland
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The original project manager, Ms. Ellen Matsenjwa, has undertaken a
personal project as part of her Masters thesis to enhance the services of
the community and health center
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Dr. Staussa Ervin, owner of Mind Peace Counseling, Coaching, &
Consulting, and Denise Mpinga, owner of Zaji Magazine have been
enlisted to assist with the project
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In the last 4 years, Dr. Staussa Ervin has organized a shoe and school
supplies drive for the children of Zone 4
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This presentation shows the challenges and opportunities Nkwalini
Community and the role Mind Peace will have in the project
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This is a dynamic document and will change as the project evolves
Nkwalini Social Challenges /
Opportunities
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Drug abuse
Stress
Social Stigmas
Child Neglect, Malnutrition
Poverty
Teenage pregnancy
Peer Pressure
HIV/AIDS
• Opportunities to Social Challenges
• Community and household recycling program
• Community supported urban agriculture
Nkwalini Environmental
Challenges/Opportunities
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Environmental Challenges
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Waste management
Lack of recycling
Dependency on fossil fuels
Green house gas emissions
Pollution adding to respiratory illnesses
Limited usage of renewable energy
Opportunities to Environmental Challenges
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Educate and implement best practices in waste
management and environmental sanitation
Encourage recycling at household level
Resource conservation
Install renewable energy systems – i.e. solar panes
Nkwalini Economic
Challenges/Opportunities
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Economic Challenges
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High unemployment
High energy costs
Food shortages
Expensive transport system
Child neglect, malnutrition
Rising crime rate
Opportunities to Economic Challenges
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Adopt cradle to cradle principle in waste management
Household and community recycling program
Community supported urban agriculture
Create farmers market and shareholding on food
produced in the community
Add technical skills to community
Food preservation skills
Involve OVC’s to be active participants in food
production
Mind Peace
International/Mbabane
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Dr. Staussa Ervin created MIND PEACE to help people create and maintain the
peace that allows for living a life that is balanced, fulfilling, and purposeful
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MIND PEACE Counseling, Coaching, Consulting has now added MIND PEACE
INTERNATIONAL/MBABANE
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Our role will be to create a Wellness Program in the Nkwalini Community to be
administered at the Mbabane/Fort Worth Health and Social Center
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Contents of the Wellness Program, previously identified by Ms. Ellen Matsenjwa, will
include, but are not limited to, the following:
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Personal hygiene and health
Encouraging physical fitness
The importance of well balanced, nutritious meals
Personal safety skills
Mental wellness
Drug abuse
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Train the trainer format
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Mobilize the Swazi Spearheaders, young community leaders in Mbabane who have
attended the International Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, TX, to assist in the
Nkwalini Health and Social
Center
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The Nkwalini Project