Here is an overview of the crisis and an introduction to what is being done by Challenge Ministries Swaziland:
Challenge Ministries works with all ages with the most needy and vulnerable people in many areas of Swaziland. There are 250,000 orphaned and vulnerable children and the country has the highest AIDS rate in the world and has recently suffered 2 years of drought.
Challenge Ministries serves in a number of ways and one is through their In Community By Community projects (ICBCs) around the country. They work with local Swazi pastors to serve orphans, elderly and entire communities many of whom are in extreme poverty. The aim is to join with indigenous pastors who share the vision to provide orphan and community care through pre school education, children’s homes, health care and more. The ICBCs are increasing, there were 6 in 2014 and there are more being planted as we write. Dan and Rachel are serving at a project called Bulembu – an entire town devoted to caring for over 350 orphans and vulnerable children – as well as at the ICBCs and at the many other projects around the country.