In sub-Saharan Africa a child is orphaned every 14 seconds. As a direct result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, there are over 15,000,000 orphans living there.
In the small Southern African kingdom of Swaziland, AIDS infects more than one in four people, making it the country with the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the world. The result is an exploding number of households headed by children, some as young as eight or nine years old.
Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach and Outreach (SOHO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of child headed households living in communities deeply affected by HIV/AIDS.
SOHO works with an international network of collaborators and volunteers to accomplish this goal…to heal, educate, feed, parent and nurture child headed households.
From the Blog
US Ambassador to Swaziland visits SOHO’s Welcome Place in Nhlambeni
Carrying a box of toys that were once the prized possessions of her son, US Ambassador to Swaziland, Makila James, visited the new Welcome Place in Nhlambeni to see the facility and learn about its operation. Opened in January, the … Continue reading
She has a sweet smile and her eyes are still hopeful. Kholiswa is six and she is not yet aware of how the numbers are stacked against her. Her parents are dead and so she lives with Gogo Grace, an … Continue reading