Thursday January 22nd ~ Swaziland school visit
Swaziland has been greatly effected by HIV/AIDS as well as Tuberculosis.
“Swaziland has the highest HIV infection rate in the world (25.8% of all adults; more in other reports) and a life expectancy of 50 years. From another perspective, the last available World Health Organization data in 2002 shows that 64% of all deaths in the country were caused by HIV/AIDS” ~ Wikipedia
Today our highlighted stop was a visit to a local school whose children are being raised in an impoverished single parent household. Gate 1 has a foundation that “adopts” a school in need and with regular visits and contributions is making a difference in the lives of some very needy children.
We stopped at a grocery store on our way to the school and stocked up on some highly nutritious items to help provide some meals for the children.
Upon our arrival, Simon introduced us, the children sang a few songs and then we had the opportunity to simply interact with them.
A short visit to a glass factory followed.
In the afternoon we reversed the previous days process and crossed the border once again, this time from Swaziland into the northern portion of South Africa en route to our overnight stop in Hazyview.
Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for the generosity of my fellow travelers. Within a minute our small group dug into their pockets and collectively came up with the needed $400 to complete construction on one of the school rooms.