About Swaziland

Posing for the cameraSwaziland is a beautiful country. It is landlocked with South Africa to the north, west and south and Mozambique to the east and is ruled by King Mswati III.

It has a population of about 1.2 million and is roughly the size of Wales. The unemployment rate is about 40 percent (December 2010) and is expected to rise, pushing up already high poverty levels - about two-thirds of Swazis live in chronic poverty. Swaziland has the world's highest HIV prevalence rate (over 26 %) so one in four Swazis between the ages of 15 and 49 is living with the virus.

It is against this background that SSP supports children to get an education so that hopefully they can escape poverty and stay healthy.

 

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