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In pictures: Swazi school of hope

Sipho Mamba and pupils

Retired businessman and ex-government minister Sipho Mamba (top right) set up Kambhoke primary school for orphans in Swaziland, which has the world's highest rate of HIV/Aids.

Pupils eating

He and his wife run the school, which charges no fees and feeds the children two meals a day, from their homestead. For many of them this makes a crucial difference and saves them from malnutrition.

Two girls at the school

Not all the children at the school are Aids orphans. The girl on the left is the daughter of an alcoholic mother and suffers from Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Cooking pots on the fire

The cook at Kambhoke, which gets support from the World Food Programme, is the grandmother of some of the pupils. The school meals are cooked fresh on the premises.

children eating in the grass

Pupils eat outdoors - an opportunity for them to bond and share experiences. Since the school started in 2004, it has helped transform traumatised and malnourished children into happier ones.

School children in uniform

Kambhoke provides free uniforms, made by Sipho's wife Colleen Mambo. State schools charge fees and require uniforms, putting them out of reach for orphans cared for by poor grandparents.

Ndame (boy) feeding chickens

Like many other pupils at Kambhoke, located in the high veldt 160km (100 miles) south-west of the capital, Ndame has to start his day with chores such as feeding the chickens.

Roz Harrison of Rosimedre school

Several small NGOs help fund Kambhoke, including Swazaid which organised twinning it with Rhosymedre School in a deprived region of north Wales. Headteacher Roz Harrison (left) has visited.

Welsh special needs teacher and kids

The school has donated some materials and special needs teacher Lee Jones (centre) has also visited. He works with the traumatised children, using games for learning and to rebuild trust.

smiling pupils

Kambhoke school continues to need support. But it has already given its pupils a new chance and hope. (Photos: BBC's Bill Law)



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