Swaziland, located in the south of the African continent, is the second smallest country in Africa. It is bordered to the north, west and south by the Republic of South Africa and to the east by Mozambique. According to the latest figures from UNAIDS, Swaziland has the highest HIV-infection rate of the world. This is also one of the reasons why poverty in this country is so incredibly large. More than two-thirds of the population lives on less than one US dollar per day. The average life expectancy has fallen from 60 years in 1992 to 31 years in 2010. Another challenge is a tragic fact (which draws Swaziland to its epicenter) that throughout all of Southern Africa there’s a rapidly growing "Double-Epidemic"; HIV and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.
Facts of Swaziland:
- 1.2 Million Inhabitants
- 17.500 square kilometers area
- HIV prevalence approx. 40 %
- 150.000 AIDS orphans (= 45 % of all children. 12 % of the entire population)
- Average life expectancy approx. 31 years
Bettina Haubner’s Report on SwazilandReport on Swaziland, Mai 2012 (Kingdom Swaziland) (de) (76.0 KiB)
THOMAS ENGEL-Foundation Projects in Swaziland
The THOMAS ENGEL-Foundation is committed almost exclusively in Shiselweni, the remotest and poorest district in the rural south of Swaziland. Together with its partner Hand in Hand Swaziland the THOMAS ENGEL-Foundation is solely responsible for the entire operation of the MobiDiK Swaziland Project, in particular the medical care for more than 3,000 AIDS-orphans.
Mini Stadium (Sports Facilities)
Sports, education and perspectives. Approximately 8,000 children and young people from the Shiselweni region situated in the Kashiba Chiefdom would benefit from this ground breaking project. The sports facilities for football, volleyball and basketball would be built in the vicinity of the Jericho High School.