Swazi Legacy strives to erase the inequities that exist among the children of our world by raising awareness and fostering social activism. It is our goal to work together as a community in order to provide a positive educational environment that will enable those individuals facing the most dire circumstances to succeed in our world.
Swaziland is a small landlocked country located in southern Africa and is slightly smaller than New Jersey. It is bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. The main industry is agriculture.
An estimated 66% of the population lives below the poverty line (less than $1 a day). A lack of foreign direct investment, high unemployment (~60%) and disproportionate division of wealth has led to poverty and slow or negative economic growth.
HIV and AIDS also plague the community. Swaziland has the highest HIV infection rate in the world. 26% of all adults officially, but believed to be over 40%. 38.8% of pregnant women who are tested for HIV/AIDS are positive.
There are an estimated 70,000 orphaned children in Swaziland today.
Swaziland has the world's lowest life expectancy at 32 years. (That is 6 years younger than the next lowest average in Angola, 38.) 47% of all deaths under 5 years of age are caused by HIV/AIDS.
For more information about Swaziland, take a look at some of the reports created by our student volunteers, on:
Manzini Youth Care is an organization that has provided accommodation, support, care, and education for marginalized and homeless young people at risk for more than 30 years.
MYC was founded in 1978 as a community service project in response to the growing number of street children in Swaziland. They currently run six residential homes.
The annual reports on McCorkindale Orphanage and the Manzini Youth
Care Boys is in and can be found here:
December 2012 Manzini Youth Center Newsletter
McCorkindale's Orphanage and Farm is one of six residential homes run by Manzini Youth Care. McCorkindale's differs from the other five homes in that the children there are not street children. The children were orphaned when they were little and have been raised in the residential home.
McCorkindale's is beautifully situated amidst a rural setting surrounded by fertile land, whereas MYC's other homes are located in suburbs of Manzini.
Please take a moment to hear about McCorkindale's and the good that is done there from Father Pat himself: