October 31, 2015

As a consequence of the devastatingly high rate of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland, an increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children are left with the responsibility of running their household. With dead or missing parents, children are depended heavily upon to provide food and water for their families. Concerned with whether or not they will eat, and tired from their long walks to find water, children of child-headed households are forced into the parenting role. At a young age, many children lose their childhood and the hope for a future worth living.

Yesterday I visited one organization working to change this, SOHO (Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach) to see if there is some way ARTAID can help. 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 personal worth and reach their full potential. Please visit www.savingorphans.com to read more about the amazing work they are doing.

Oct. 31 2015

Aidan O'Neill