Swaziland is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. The small southern African sovereignty is suffering from the worst HIV epidemic in the world, with 32% of adults living with the virus. The Kingdom is also one of the most gender unequal countries in the world with 1 in 3 girls experiencing sexual violence before their 18th birthday. In a country of only 1.2 million people, there are over 220,0 00 orphaned or vulnerable children living hand-to-mouth as a result of these combined epidemics. Women’s rights organizations are making progress towards gender equality, but a vital piece of the puzzle is still missing: we are not involving men.
In response, Kwakha Indvodza (KI, meaning Building a Man) is Swaziland's only male mentoring non- profit organization. A quickly growing NGO, KI specializes in community-led programming, creating resilient, healthy, gender-equal male change-makers. Many of our young men have grown up in extreme poverty, the victims of abuse and without one or both parents. KI’s program provides a chance to break the cycle of violence, poverty and poor health and lifestyle choices.
Due to the political situation in Europe and the United States, our successful 3 year grant has come to an end, leaving three community youth centres without funding. The vulnerable young men in our care and their families depend on our services. We need your help. For more information visit our website:
Sponsor a KI Boy
This year we are looking to expand our reach to over 300 boys and young men. For just $115 you can support a vulnerable teenager for an entire year, affording him the support he needs to live a healthy and positive life. These funds cover skills building and health activities, counselling, educational aids, food and much more. With your donation you can give an at-risk young man a second chance, an opportunity to live a life of respect, dignity and honor. We are a registered non-profit based in Swaziland. You can donate here through our partner, the Kaiizen Foundation. Please specify Kwakha Indvodza in the special instructions category when donating.