Our Mission

SOHO works to transform the lives of orphans and vulnerable children, especially those in child-headed households, through a hope filled, holistic, Christ-centered addressing health, education, a sense of purpose and empowerment to succeed.


Our Vision

SOHO’s long term vision for orphans and vulnerable children in AIDS affected communities is a safe living environment where the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing of children are addressed, education is supported and skills are developed such that the children embrace their God-given, personal worth and reach their full potential.

Our Core Values

SOHO is committed to:

  • COMPASSION & EQUITY

  • LOVE AND RESPECT

  • HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • EMPOWERMENT

Our Core Values

SOHO is committed to:

– COMPASSION & EQUITY –

– LOVE AND RESPECT –

– HEALTH AND SAFETY –

– EMPOWERMENT –

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Our Story

In 2006, seventeen volunteers from various parts of the United States, Australia, and New Zealand journeyed to Swaziland, Africa with Cynthia Prime on a humanitarian mission. Alerted to the dire needs of orphans in the country, Cynthia and friends had raised funds to feed 1,000 children for one week in the area where she was to be a guest speaker at a conference. The experience was life changing. They encountered thousands of children, many lacking even the basic needs of food, clean water, and safe shelter. On that first mission, the volunteer team distributed 17,250 meals and snacks, clothing for 11,700 orphans and children in need, and performed roughly 2,500 health examinations and treatments.

What began as a short-term humanitarian effort became a life-long commitment. Cynthia Prime and her ministry partner Linda Schultz co-founded the faith-based nonprofit organization that would become SOHO, to give hope to orphans and vulnerable children. The organization’s goal is to improve the quality of the children’s lives through programs addressing their health, food security, education, spiritual nurture, and their capacity to become self-sustaining, contributing members of their community and country. SOHO currently operates two multi-purpose centers which serve 150 children daily, as well as outreach programs in various parts of the country that touch the lives of hundreds more.

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How We Work

SOHO, as a USA based non-profit, has the advantage of “feet on the ground” in Eswatini, in ministering to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. SOHO works with Seeds of Hope Outreach, a sister NGO registered and operating in eSwatini to implement its programs. Seeds of Hope Outreach has two multi-purpose centers: 1) Mhlosheni in the Piggs Peak area, and 2) Nhlambeni close to Manzini, the most populated city. Seeds of Hope Outreach also conducts outreach activities in destitute areas such as Marekamp, near Nhlambeni, where nurturing and enrichment programs are provided. Hope Discovery Learning Center (HDLC), the Swazi nation’s first inclusive academic program serving children with special needs, is under the auspices of Seeds of Hope Outreach.

HOPE SEEKERS ALLIANCE is a registered NGO in eSwatini and a subsidiary of SOHO in the USA. This is the umbrella organization responsible for management of INTSABA Farm, located in the Shiselweni Region. This mountain farm will be the site of a Children’s Village providing education, housing, and basic health care for children at risk. Agriculture and social enterprise will help to make the program sustainable while addressing poverty alleviation in the area.

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Our People


SOHO USA Board Members

Cynthia Prime

Co-Founder, SOHO Board

Linda Schultz

Co-Founder, SOHO Board

Victor Wallen

SOHO Board

Bruce Smith

Chair Business Development

Robyn Allen McKinnon

Vice Chair Business Development

Dr. Tom Chittick

Agriculture Expert

Pastor Ramon Ulangca

Board Member

David Campbell

Board Member

Janet Johnson

Board Member


SEEDS OF HOPE OUTREACH (SOHO eSwatini)

Board of Directors

Dr. Muyabala Munachitombwe Muna

CEO

Gedion Padilla

Finance officer

Paul Fortune

Operations

Lynette Fortune

Secretary

Sandile Ceko

School Board Chair

Cynthia Prime

Board Member/ Development

Linda Schultz

Board Member/ Operations


HOPE SEEKERS ALLIANCE

Board of Directors

Dr. Muyabala Munachitombwe Muna

Interim Chair

Cynthia Prime

Interim Secretary

Ncedile Mdluli

Treasurer

Mphumelelo P. Similane

Board Member

Pamela Cominetti

General Manager

Dr. Tom Chittick

Agriculture

Pending Eswatini registration:

Bruce Smith
Robyn Allen McKinnon


SOHO ADVISORY BOARD

Margaret Emmert

Legal Advisor

Hon Myra Selby
Gail Masondo

South Africa Advisor

Dr. Lawrence Geraty

Dr. Judith Storfjel


STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

Maureen Meyer

Program Development Associate

Craig Martindale

Marketing and Communications

Leo Neto

Technology Liaison

Virtral Goode

Travel and Volunteer Coordinator

Colleen Heeter

Grant writer