Who is Challenge Ministries Swaziland (CMS)?

Challenge Ministries Swaziland is a not for profit section 21 charity based in Swaziland; a small, beautiful country which is landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique. Swaziland has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world, which has resulted in many orphaned or vulnerable children living on the streets without any hope for the future.

CMS has a vision to make a difference in Swaziland for many generations through the care of orphaned and vulnerable children, development of rural communities, education, rehabilitation programs, rural healthcare, sustainability projects and teaching godly leadership.

 MISSION:  To know God, to be His people, to value others and to change our world.

How it all began?

Lighthouse – Teen Challenge Ministries – Challenge Ministries Swaziland

Johnson Street
Lighthouse, Johnson Street - 1997
Johnson Street Lighthouse, Johnson Street – 1997
1st houses at Emafini, 1998
1st houses at Emafini, 1998
Lighthouse Official Opening, 2003
Lighthouse Official Opening, 2003
Bulembu, 2006
Bulembu, 2006

Challenge Ministries Swaziland (CMS) started in 1997 at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis when Kevin & Helen Ward were troubled by the increasing number of street children in the nation’s capital city.  Together they opened a coffee shop drop-in centre called “The Lighthouse”. It was a refuge of safety for those on the street; however, it was soon evident that feeding and clothing these vulnerable children was not enough. While they hoped that many of the children they encountered could be reunited with their families, they soon found that those families no longer existed, or that the family homes were not safe. Most of the children had experienced abuse while living on the street and all had experienced rejection. CMS has since grown to focus on caring for orphans, vulnerable children and rehabilitating people with life controlling habits or those having escaped from domestic violence. Read the full story

Bulembu Ministries Swaziland works closely with Challenge Ministries, and we have a common vision to raise generations of Swazi leaders who will contribute to transforming their nation. The ministries are separate not-for-profit entities governed by Boards of Directors operating jointly and in unity. See more



About Us

CMS UK works with CMS to help raise child sponsorship from within the UK for our children in Swaziland. This helps to make the donation process for people from within the UK so much simpler. Please click here if you are from the UK and you would like to find out about child sponsorship.

Potter’s Wheel Church is an active body of believers, providing the spiritual covering for Challenge Ministries, providing training, resources, leadership and care throughout CMS projects.  

Mobilize Transit TV is an exciting digital ministry to educate and encourage passengers on Swaziland’s public transport. Bringing inspirational messages of hope and teachings on values, health, finance etc to 70% of the nation.