Swaziland - where is the middle generation?
The changing images illustrate Swaziland’s biggest problem, the disappearance of the middle generation. About two-thirds of the population (without counting the children and the elderly) is HIV-positive. Consequently, the average life expectancy has fallen from 60 years to 31 years in the last 20 years. There are fewer and fewer children growing up with both parents. The number of orphans and half orphans in the Swaziland population is dramatically high; approximately one out of every ten. Grandmothers and older brothers and sisters have to take over the parenting responsibility.
The THOMAS ENGEL-Foundation bears the name of our son who died at age 36 after a long battle with cancer.To honor his memory, we want to do some good, namely help poor children in Third World countries find a way, not only to survive, but to build a meaningful life for themselves in their homeland. Ideally these children can then act as multipliers and in turn be able to help others in need.