Swaziland is landlocked in Southern Africa between South Africa and Mozambique.
About 69% of Swaziland’s people live below the poverty line, unemployment stands at more than 40%, and 27% of Swazis are undernourished. One-in-five Swazi children do not attend school, and 18% of children have lost a parent to HIV/AIDS. With 1.4 million people, this tiny nation—slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey—has lost an entire generation of parents, leaders, and workers as HIV/AIDS has destroyed much of Swaziland’s economic and societal fabric. Swaziland suffers from the world’s highest adult HIV prevalence rate of 28.8%. Many children are orphaned due to losing parents from HIV/AIDS, lending Swaziland the nickname, “Nation of Orphans.” Through Children’s HopeChest and its partners, this next generation can experience hope by being empowered to become holistically transformed and to build healthy relationships in their families, neighborhoods, and throughout their nation.
HopeChest CarePoints, like the beauty of the hills and valleys they are nestled in, shine as a beautiful reminder of the power of communities that work together to overcome obstacles.
Our work in Swaziland is focused on establishing visible, practical models of the kingdom of God in this land.
We do this through Community-to-Community partnerships. A HopeChest CarePoint receives support from a North American community to work alongside each other, completely transforming the CarePoint community. As we care for each child’s body, soul, mind, and spirit, we can begin to disciple the surrounding communities. Eventually, the community will impact the area and, gradually, it affects the nation. This happens in very practical ways as we establish models that other communities can see and employ themselves.