The kingdom of Swaziland is one of the world's last remaining absolute monarchies. The king rules by decree over his million subjects, most of whom live in the countryside and follow traditional ways of life.
The struggling economy benefited from preferential access which textile exporters had to the United States until this facility was withdrawn over human rights concerns in 2015. The country exports sugar and many Swazis work in South Africa and send their earnings home.
According to UNICEF Swaziland has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the world. The HIV-Aids virus has killed countless Swazis who have left behind thousands of orphans. Some 210,000 people, out of a population of 1.2 million, are estimated to be living with HIV.
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Life in Swaziland for many, is not without its challenges. For the parents and guardians of the 20 energetic pre-school children at Kaphunga Seventh-Day Adventist School, there is no exception. Birthed out of the Kaphunga church, which grew out of bible studies with a dedicated Pastor, the school is a blessing to both the parents and the children.
However, with a high proportion of the population either living with HIV/AIDS or having died from the disease, many orphans have been left behind in the care of guardians. With many parents/guardians living on less than $1.25 a day, providing a balanced meal for their children, though desired, is not always possible.
Therefore, over a period of 6 months, ADRA-UK and ADRA Swaziland have decided to help to give 20 pre-school children the best chance that they can by simply providing them with one balanced meal a day whilst at pre-school. This will help to not only fuel the minds of these bright sparks but help them to grow into healthy young people.
So, what now? With a very small donation, you and your church have the privilege of being a part of supporting Swaziland’s future workforce to kick-start their days with a healthy meal for 6 months. Why not get involved and invest in feeding not only the mouths, but the minds of these precious children?
1715 - Help people infected and affected by HIV/aids
Within every community, there is the possibility that social stigmas will exist. Whether these stigmas are true or false, unfortunately many people will be judged and treated according to them. Within Swaziland this is the case for those infected by HIV. HIV is a relatively common disease in some parts of the world more than others and is a virus that is transmitted mainly through blood, sexual intimacy and birth. Within certain communities in Swaziland the stigma and exclusion that HIV carriers experience is so strong that they are unable to find work and because of this are commonly maintained by their working family members.
In response to the high unemployment rate among HIV sufferers, ADRA Swaziland have decided to help improve the lives of those who have been infected and affected by HIV. Through a 2- month project, ADRA Swaziland aims to provide 60 HIV affected and infected people with the necessary funds to start their own livelihoods by building sinks, water tanks, energy saving cookers and toilet/toilet seats to sell. In June-July 2015 all 60 people received training on how to build the above mentioned.
So what now? All that is needed is your help to donate £3,000 which will convert these skills into an income-generating activity for these 60 people who would otherwise not be able to make a living. Therefore, ADRA Swaziland are appealing for your help, ideas and fundraising prowess, to give HIV sufferers a chance to live stigma free and with dignity.
1716 - Safe and clean water for 40 families
Within Swaziland there are a high number of communities without clean and safe drinking water. Most communities get their water supply from natural wells and fountains, however, due to the unsecure fencing around these, the wells and fountains become contaminated. In the Kaphunga community, the need for a clean source of water is so necessary as their wells/fountains are shared with animals such as cattle, goats and wild pigs.
As a result of this there is a high number of water borne diseases among the Swazi people.
ADRA Swaziland, are in need of £5,000 to change the lives of the Kaphunga community for the better. Through a 6-month programme ADRA plan to provide clean and safe water as well as education on good hygienic practices for men, women and children. Through this project a solar-powered pump will be built and 2 water points will be built in key places in the community to provide at least 40 homes and the Kaphunga community with safe, clean clean water. A management committee will also be put in place to manage the project and ensure that the pump is well maintained. The Kaphunga community will also contribute $1.50 towards the maintenance of the water project to encourage ownership.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get fundraising! With your help, we can ensure that this project can go ahead and that approximately 250 people can benefit from the necessity of clean water. So together with your local church, work colleagues, friends and family you could help to fundraise £5,000 and help ADRA Swaziland to save lives and change lives through water!
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