SOHO is committed to reshaping the futures of orphans and vulnerable children, with a special focus on those in child-headed households. Our approach is grounded in hope, holistic care, and Christ-centered programs that encompass health, education, and empowerment, nurturing a deep sense of purpose and equipping them for a thriving future.
eSwatini, southeastern Africa’s last absolute monarchy, grapples with significant challenges, most notably the world’s highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate, leading to an increasing population of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Amid these challenges, the Mhlosheni Welcome Place in the Hho Hho region emerges as a sanctuary for OVCs, offering education and enrichment programs. Meanwhile, Nhlambeni’s Hope Discovery Learning Center in the Manzini Region provides resources for children with disabilities and teacher training. Both institutions symbolize hope, illustrating eSwatini’s efforts to champion the welfare of its future generations despite prevailing adversities.
eSwatini is a small, landlocked kingdom in southeastern Africa, bordered by Mozambique in the northeast and surrounded by South Africa. The last remaining absolute monarchy with roughly 1.3 million people, eSwatini has had the world’s highest HIV/AIDS prevalence and a growing population of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). With a weakened traditional safety net where relatives and extended family are unable to care the children, OVCs are often subjected to abuse and become prime targets for human trafficking.
Located in the high veld Hho Hho region, Mhlosheni Welcome Place is a large mulit-purpose building in a rural mountainous community which serves as a Care Point. Homesteads there are spread out and children walk many miles to attend the local Government Primary School, Forbes Reef. By their torn clothing and perpetually hungry look, it was clear that the children of this community needed help.
The Welcome Place was named because OVCs are often not welcomed, and SOHO wished to emphasize that this building was for their benefit. A program for pre-school aged children is conducted there along with enrichment programs including tutoring, volunteer clinics, sewing, gardening and enrichment programs for girls. Recipients of food parcels gather there monthly to receive food aid