Children’s HopeChest works on four continents in nine countries around the world. Over 17,000 children served every week. Learn more about the countries where we work, the CarePoints we partner with, and the children we serve.
This small country in Africa has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world, giving it the unenviable title, “Nation of Orphans”. More than one-quarter of the adult population has been infected by HIV/AIDS, as of 2013. AIDS decimated generations of families leaving many children orphaned and alone – without anyone to call mom or dad. Because there are virtually no orphanages in Swaziland, these children are literally left to fend for themselves without any means of survival. Young children throughout Swazi are the head of the household, caring for all their younger siblings and other children. Children roam the streets unclothed and hungry looking for answers and for someone to care for them. Due to this harsh reality HopeChest sponsors have created a place for orphaned and vulnerable children to find refuge, a place to be loved and fed – a CarePoint. HopeChest works with local leaders to discover the assets available at each location, which can help transform communities and individuals empowering them to become self-sustaining.
- Estimated number of people all ages living with HIV (2009): 170,000-200,000
- Orphans (all causes): 100,000 (8.4% of population)
- Orphans (by AIDS): 69,000
- Total population 1,185,000 (2009)
- Life expectancy at birth: 46 years
- Estimated adult HIV prevalence rate: 25.9%