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Game for the World in Swaziland

February 11, 2013

Mbongeni Magugla’s passion is people. He has a generous heart and has reached out to help people since he was a young boy. I met him two years ago at a Methodist Church of Southern Africa conference for HIV/AIDS and Mission Coordinators.  I remembered his enthusiasm and his networking abilities and was excited about reconnecting with him in the Church’s Johannesburg offices.

Based in Swaziland, where the HIV infection rate is the highest in the world at 26%, Mbongeni is the youth HIV/AIDS coordinator for the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. This ministry includes HIV prevention and care support. Mbongeni looks at what youth want and how the Church can tap into it. Mbongeni says that the Church’s challenge is meeting the needs of all race groups.

“Young people switch off when you say you want to talk about HIV”, says Mbongeni. “We need a new approach. Games engage young people. They want to know what’s in it for them. They want to be mentors and make a difference in their community.”

Mbongeni believes in training champions of initiatives and so it makes sense to train youth leaders in using Game for the World so that they can train their peers. “It would also be good to train teachers. The Church has schools in Swaziland and Lesotho, mainly in rural areas. We could create Game for the World teams.”

We’re excited about this approach.  My dream is for Game for the World to be used in schools around the world.



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