Swaziland is a monarchy in South Africa. The impact of HIV/AIDS in this country has created dire hardships for all age groups, especially youth, resulting in an increased number of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) and child-headed households. Peace Corps volunteers make a difference by entering into the community to spread awareness and educate citizens on healthy behaviors to prevent this deadly disease.
There are 76 volunteers in Swaziland working with their communities on projects in health and youth development. During their service in Swaziland, volunteers learn to speak SiSwati. More than 1,600 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Swaziland since the program was established in 1968.
I started this blog to journal my journey. I don’t want to forget a moment. Documenting what I learn along the way will help me to recall these lessons even decades from now. I also want to share with you the effect of the Peace Corps’ hands-on approach to changing communities. On June 14, 2016 I will be entering new territory for me. I’m excited to share this experience with you and look forward to our time together. Take Me to Swaziland!
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