Swaziland, located in South Africa has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world, giving it the name
‘Nation of Orphans’
Swaziland’s general population in 2005 was 1.3 million. In 2009 the population fell to 900,000.
There are between 120,000-150,000 orphans, which is appx. 14% of the population, expected to rapidly increase in the next two years to well over 200,000 orphans.
Much of this is due to the HIV/AID epidemic. HIV infection rate is at 44.6%. Statistics say that 70% of kids will be HIV+ by the age of 15! If you are 15, your chance of reaching 30 years old is only 6%.
I read that in the year 2020, it is expected that no adults will be left in Swaziland. Swaziland has the lowest life expectancy in the world– 28 years old.
“Pure and faultless religion is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”
May Moms4Change be a symphony of voices with compassionate hearts & hands, who will stand in the gap for a Nation of Orphans. A Nation of Orphans that cry out for their basic human needs to be met – food, water, education, and medical treatment that they may fight against the death of their children, families & country.
Do you hear their cries? I pray that today you hear & say, “YES! I’ll be the one to help! I’ll be the voice that cries out with you to those who can make a difference. I will stand in the gap for you, Swaziland.”
Shine On Sisters!