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What We Do

The Crisis 

The HIV/AIDS pandemic has swept across the country impacting nearly every family in Swaziland. Recent statistics estimate the number of Swazi citizens living with AIDS at 38% - the highest infection rate in the world. Because of this, Swaziland is the only developing country in the world experiencing negative population growth. The UN has gone as far as to estimate that at the current rate of death, the Swazi people will cease to exist by the year 2050.

This disease has decimated a generation of Swazis. The loss of so many young parents has undermined traditional family structures. The result – a country wide orphan crisis. There are currently an estimated 120,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in Swaziland (15% of the total population) who have limited or no access to formal social support and have been left to fend for themselves.

Add to all this almost 78% of Swazis live below the poverty line, with two thirds living on less than $1 a day, and you have a national crisis.

The Strategy 

 The transformation of Bulembu is happening through two complimentary strategies- Community Care and Community Enterprise. The sustainability of Bulembu depends equally on the success of our community enterprise initiatives and community care programs.

A variety of Community Care programs are transforming the town by restoring basic social services to the community including a health clinic, schools, churches, training centers, and other community organizations.

Utilizing the infrastructure already established, Bulembu leadership discovered many opportunities to build innovative, sustainable, and profitable businesses in the community. Each enterprise is formally a division of the larger charity, with the profits from each enterprise flowing into Bulembu’s Sustainability Fund for the advancement of the vision.

 

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