Bongwe is a good boy—at the age of nine, he cooks, cleans, and walks for miles barefoot to collect water for his brothers and sisters. Orphaned by AIDS, Bongwe is one of thousands of children from child-headed household. The small Southern African country of Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world. As a result of the devastation are an estimated 69,000 AIDS orphans, and 15,000 in child-headed households.
For the past two years, Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach (SOHO) has hosted the Mile For A Child 5k Run and Walk to raise awareness and funds for children of child headed households. This year’s race will help children like Bongwe—to put food in their stomachs, clothes on their backs, and shoes on their feet. Even for a forgotten population of children, there is still hope. Join SOHO, be the hope they seek.