The Kingdom of Swaziland
Pasture Valley Farm and Children's Home desires to bring God's love to the nation of Swaziland. Since 2003, Pasture Valley has provided a permanent, safe, and loving home for many of Swaziland's orphaned and destitute children. Along with operating a children's home, they also reach out to the endless number of orphans and destitute children living in the Shiselweni region of Swaziland. All4Jesus is honored to be working alongside Peter and Michelle McCubbin, founders and directors of Pasture Valley, to bring the hope of Jesus Christ into the lives of these hurting children. Through our orphange partnership, child sponsorship, hope outreach, and care point partnership, it is our desire for each child to experience God's intimate love, guiding them into a relationship with Jesus Christ and ultimately bringing them into eternal life. Learn more about Pasture Valley.
Sandra Lee Center holds the mission of rescueing orphaned and abandoned children from a life of almost certain malnutrition, abuse/exploitation, and illiteracy, by creating a safe, healthy environment for them to live in that is built on the grace and love of Jesus Christ. In 2003, the Pratts opened up the very first home for abandoned and orphaned babies in Swaziland. Today they care for over 30 children. All4Jesus is honored to be working alongside Mike and Robin Pratt, founders and directors of Sandra Lee Center, to support their rescue work of orphaned and abandoned children in Swaziland and bring the love of Christ to these children. Learn more about Sandra Lee Center.
Swaziland is a small, land-locked country located in the southern region of Africa between South Africa and Mozambique. Deeply rooted in tradition, Swaziland is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies in the world, ruled since 1987 by His Majesty King Mswati III.
Family Life: The majority of Swaziland's people live in mud and stick or cement structure homes in the rural areas. Several generations of families usually live together, helping to pass down the long standing traditions and values of Swaziland. Most people farm and must grow their own food to survive. Corn is the main component of most meals with the addition of vegetables, beans, and somtimes a rare portion of meat. Polygamy is still practiced among many families. A Swazi man may have several wives living on his property or on different properties.
Poverty: 69% of people and children live below the poverty line and an estimated 37% live in extreme poverty.
HIV/AIDS Epidemic and Disease: Swaziland holds the highest rate of HIV in the world, with an official infection rate of 26% in adults and 42.6% in pregnant women. The epidemic has overburdened Swaziland's healthcare system, crippled its economy, created a nation wide shortage of teachers, and diminished Swaziland's potential to be a productive, developing country.
Orphans and destitute children: By 2007, 31.3% of children in Swaziland had lost one or both parents to AIDS. In the Shiselweni region, over half of all homes are caring for at least one orphan of AIDS. However, most homesteads do not have the income to provide food and basic care for these extra children let alone the fees for school. Prior to the AIDS epidemic, orphans were usually cared for by the extended family: Aunts, Uncles, or Grandparents. Now, many children are shuffled from one relative to the next as their aunt, uncle, or grandparent slowly dies of AIDS.
God's Light in the Darkness: All4Jesus partners with local Christian ministries in Swaziland. We believe that our job is to support the work of Swazi Christians reaching out to their own people with the love of Christ.
Home made of mud with tin roof
Christmas food/supply distribution
Jared and Cindy with young mother
Gogo weaving grass mats for income
Typical home made of mud and sticks
Grinding corn for food
children mixing mud w/ feet for hut
Swazi women cooking
mudding the hut for winter