Their background – Vusumnotfo is a Swazi Not-for-Profit organization whose formation was authorized by community leaders in northern Eswatini following the 1991/92 drought. These leaders identified “dependency” as the underlying factor limiting development at community level. They attributed the deep roots of “dependency” to interwoven issues specific to Eswatini and the region. To address this in ways relevant to their communities, they formed Vusumnotfo . Accordingly their strategy reflects Eswatini’s many proverbs that the betterment of the future is through the child – “Umntfwana ngumliba loya embili”.
Their rationale is based on a large body of international research, also reflected in this traditional wisdom. From prenatal through the first nine years, a child develops the physical, emotional, language, communication, cognitive, social, and value structures that lay the foundation for their lifetime. Children naturally depend on adults to nurture their developmental needs (dependency). If adults are not able to do so, a child’s development falls behind. Consequently, this child will have limitations to overcome, some of which are insurmountable. Conversely, a child who achieves early development milestones and learning standards has the fundamentals for attaining the skills to meet their own needs as adults (independency) and, thereafter, to nurture the needs of the next generation (inter-dependency).
Therefore, Vusumnotfo strengthens skills at family and community level in practices that support the development and learning of young children. Advancing the development and learning of young children in turn builds human capacity. Over time, building human capacity results in communities able and willing to improve environmental, social and economic conditions; hence – Parenting for a Sustainable Future.™See more