Approximately 40% of the population is unemployed, and 63% live in poverty. 17% of school-aged children are unable to gain access to an education.
Swaziland is among the world’s most HIV-affected countries. Approximately 26% of people aged 15-19 and 19% of the population aged two and older is affected by HIV. This is one of the reasons for the increase in the number of orphaned and vulnerable children. The life expectancy is 48 years-old and the mortality rate of children under age five is 80/1000.
Violence against women is increasing. According to the Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organizations (CANGO), 78% of women in Swaziland are survivors of gender-based violence.
The percent of population aged two and older that is affected by HIV.
In 2012, we committed to what NO ONE has ever done before, and give the ENTIRE NATION of Swaziland safe, clean drinking water. It will cost a little more than $50 Million to do this. We know that is a LOT of money, but it’s REALLY not THAT much money considering we are giving an entire COUNTRY clean water. We gave ourselves a decade; to accomplish by 2022 what no one has ever done before and change the face of a nation.
Swaziland is a small country, making the goal of reaching 100% coverage attainable.
Most people don’t realize or talk about the relationship between access to safe, clean water and HIV/AIDS, but it is huge. Water plays an incredibly critical role in effectively treating and managing AIDS – especially in rural communities. Even if people have access to medical treatment or antiretroviral medication, but are still forced to drink dirty water from contaminated sources, the diseases in the water people drink will actually kill them faster than AIDS itself.
So, the ability to make a positive impact on two issues at once with this commitment is incredibly exciting.
We didn’t make the commitment to Swaziland for the sake of Swaziland. WHEN we reach this goal (after we celebrate a LOT), we will take all of the data we are amassing and create an incredible case study that we can present to the U.N., the current administrations of the world, other friends & water organizations to strategize and replicate EVERYWHERE.
The Education Community
We target partnerships in the education community to educate a significant body of students about the global water crisis, moving them to action, and building a socially-conscious generation of young people.
The Corporate World
We target corporate partnerships and sponsors to demonstrate to them the power of community that develops and enhances life beyond the business world.
The Entertainment Community
We target partnerships in the entertainment community to call people of extreme influence to use their voice to raise the profile of the water crisis cause and give generously of their resources to end it.
The Financial World
We target partnerships in the financial community to call them to action, employing their financial acumen and access to major assets to be used to effectively change an entire country in one generation.
The Faith-Based Community
We target those in Faith-Based Communities to create ongoing partnerships that will see giving a portion of their storehouses will be a blessing for all those involved.
Major Gifts (Individuals & Foundations)
We target partnerships and sponsors among individual donors, trusts and foundations able and willing to contribute major one time and/or ongoing gifts that will make great strides toward the completion of this campaign