Helping Orphans and Vulnerable Families In Swaziland, Africa
Access to education is a basic human right. It reduces poverty and child labor and offers the tools needed to succeed in life.
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To help end hunger and provide developing countries with clean water requires many hands. We've got many successes under our belt, but we need more help, and that's where you come in.
While you can volunteer with us directly, even traveling to provide needy families with materials and education, there's much you can do on your own. Contact us to learn more about opportunities and ideas for donating, fundraising, hosting events, campaigning, buying gifts, and involving your school or company.
Pasture Valley Children Missions (EIN 35-2468924) is a tax exempt 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to benefit orphans and vulnerable families in Swaziland, Africa. Swaziland is a tiny country about the size of New Jersey three quarters surrounded by South Africa, and one quarter by Mozambique. It is one of the few countries that still has a king, the HIV/AIDS pandemic had stricken up to 43% of the population, the average life expectancy is between 31 and 49 years depending on which report you read, and in a country with just over a million people, over 100,000 children are orphans.
The parent generation is dying, and the grandmother generation is left to raise large numbers of children, many not even related, in a country where women are not respected and have few opportunities for gainful employment. It is not unusual for households to have in excess of 10 children. Orphanages have long waiting lists of children and child-led households wanting to get in. In the United States, there is a stigma to foster care and residential facilities, but not in Swaziland. If a child gets to go to an orphanage, that means they get food every day, adult supervision so they do not have to be afraid of things that go bump in the night in shacks with no electricity or safety, the opportunity to go to school, and the chance to be a kid again instead of trying to be mom and dad to younger siblings and not knowing how.
Most of us are fortunate enough to just turn on a faucet to access life’s most essential ingredient: clean water. But for many people, access to something so basic is difficult.
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