As a consequence of the devastatingly high rate of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland, an increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children are left with the responsibility of running their household.
With dead or missing parents, children as young as nine years old are depended heavily upon to provide food and water for their families. Concerned with whether or not they will eat, and tired from their long walks to find water, children of child headed households are forced into the parenting role. At a young age, children of child headed households lose their childhood and the hope for a future worth living.
Saving Orphans Through Healthcare 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 in communities deeply affected by HIV/AIDS.
SOHO works to heal, educate, feed, parent, and nurture child headed households.