Eswatini

Country Profile

Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland until the name was changed in 2018, is one of Africa’s smallest countries. It is roughly the size of New Jersey and is almost entirely surrounded by its larger neighbor, South Africa. Like South Africa, Eswatini has multiple capitals, Mbabane, its administrative capital, and Lobamba, its royal capital. Eswatini is known for its many game reserves, as well as the traditional lifestyle of its inhabitants.
Though Eswatini has many modern elements, especially in its cities, rituals and customs still hold a pivotal role in its culture. Among its main cultural events are the Incwala, the first fruits ceremony and the Umhlanga, the Reed Dance. Eswatini also has a traditional clan system with chiefs, with more than seventy clans, the largest of which being the Dlamini. The clans are all united under Eswatini’s king, Mswati III, who is the last absolute monarch in Africa and one of the few remaining in the world. Many Swati are fighting for democracy but are faced with pushbacks and few concessions from their government.

  • Citizens mainly live in the countryside and lead a traditional lifestyle
  • Highest HIV prevalence rate in the world - many of orphans due to high death rates and lack of proper care

POPULATION

1.148 million

CAPITAL

Lobamba and Mbabane

CURRENCY

Swazi lilangeni and South African rand

FUN FACT

Eswatini is one of the world’s last remaining monarchies. The king rules alongside his mother, known as the Indlovukazi

Our Efforts

Problems Observed

As mentioned above, Eswatini remains an absolute monarchy, meaning that the king holds complete power over the parliament and judiciary branches of his government. Many Swatis are fighting for democracy, but their protests have been suppressed by the government, which shows little signs of concession. In addition to struggles with democracy, Eswatini also struggles with mass poverty. Most of the nation’s poor live in rural areas, where the government is working to provide clean water and improve women’s rights. The country’s rural poor struggle with poor healthcare and education which has resulted in 47% of Eswatini’s population being under fifteen. This young population is also due in part to the HIV prevalence in the country, one of the highest in the world. Many children have been orphaned due to this disease, and children raising younger siblings is quite common.



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Our Response

General Summary of our work (1-2 paragraphs):
Strive2Thrive’s work in Eswatini focuses mainly on providing support in core school subjects and working with underserved youth on important life and career skills. Our program supports often overlooked children, including those in orphanages and under-funded schools. Strive2Thrive’s highly qualified tutors work with the project’s youth in English, STEM, math, computer skills, and health & hygiene. Importance of our work section and some of the impacts:
Eswatini’s rural areas often struggle with poverty, and many youth there are faced with issues such as a lack of women’s rights, lack of cleaning drinking water, and poor education and healthcare. Project Eswatini prepares children for future education and inspires them for future careers in STEM

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Specific UN Goals: 1. No Poverty Description of what the goal is(write the target): To end gender discrimination in education and provide vulnerable people with access to all levels of education. How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive provides high quality education in STEM and core school subjects to children in frequently overlooked rural areas..

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