Child Sponsor Swaziland
with its population of around one million is a small landlocked
country surrounded by South Africa to the north, west and south and Mozambique
to the east that gained its independence in 1968 from the United Kingdom.
he country is ruled by King Mswati
III, the world's last absolute monarch, who has ruled by decree since 1986
and who has continued to ban political parties after his father, King Sobhuza,
dissolved the constitution in 1973, however
there is growing unrest and demand for political reform, frequently stalled by
the ruling elite.
Swaziland is in 141st place out
of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life
expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a
country with a life expectancy of 48.7yrs however that standing belies the
crisis facing the country as Swaziland is now the world's leading country for HIV/AIDS with over 50% of adults over the age of twenty infected
~ the number of children dying from being born with AIDS has also doubled in
the last fifteen years.
The situation is so dire that
the very existence of the country is under threat with the United Nations
noting that if the infection rate continues unabated the Swazi population will
be wiped out in the forthcoming decades.
As if that wasn't enough for
the child population of Swaziland, 40% of all children there suffer from acute
poverty and malnutrition and there are an estimated 100,000 orphans
in the country (10% of its overall population) and this is likely to increase
given the rapidly rising levels of HIV/AIDS.
Child sponsor programs in Swaziland with with orphaned and abandoned children
together with child-headed families where parents have died through AIDS, AIDs
awareness and prevention, helping with school fees and equipment and access to
healthcare and secure food supplies; a situation becoming more critical
following recent droughts.
You can help when you sponsor a
child in Swaziland.