Saving Orphans Through Healthcare and Outreach (SOHO USA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana and registered in both Washington and Indiana. Founded in 2006, the organization's mission is to heal, educate, feed, nurture and empower orphans and vulnerable children, especially those living in child-headed households. SOHO has also advocated against gender-based abuse and human trafficking, issues that affect girls significantly in eSwatini, formerly Swaziland.
Hope Seekers Alliance of eSwatini (HOSA), a subsidiary of SOHO USA, is an eSwatini based NGO comprised of experts from eSwatini and the US who are collaborating in the development of INTSABA Childrens Village and INTSABA Retreat and Lifestyle Center.
Intsaba Childrens Village will be a safe, holistic environment where orphaned and vulnerable children can be nurtured, educated and empowered. INTSABA Retreat and Lifestyle Center will provide social enterprises to encourage and support a healthy lifestyle while generating revenue to support and sustain the humanitarian work of INTSABA Children's Village.
The statistics speak for themselves. In the aftermath of a three decade long HIV / AIDS long pandemic, there are approximately 120,000 to 130,000 Orphans and Vulnerable children (OVC's) in a population of 1.3 million.
A Service Mindset - Serving with love and compassion; embodying duty, responsibility and commitment.
The Value of Life - Emphasizing that all children are God's creations deserving of love and respect.
Education and Safety - Providing a safe environment for children to learn and to experience health of body, mind and spirit.
Empowerment - Instilling in children self-worth and a vision for their future.
According to the WFP, 63% of the population live below the poverty line and over 40% live on $1.25 per day. A UNICEF study on the multi-dimensional poverty found that in the dimension of child protection, 9 out of 10 children 10-14 years old and 72% of children 5-14 years old are experiencing health deprivation.
eSwatini is both a destination and source of forced labour among women and children, with raising children in many households. 33% of them have experienced sexual violation with 75% of the perpetrators known to the victims. With 42% of children 5-14 years old involved in child labour, educational deprivation affects 19% of 5-14 year olds and 58% of 15-17 year olds.
The lack of safe housing and "parenting" perpetuates the rampant abuse of children, especially girls.
Education is key to poverty alleviation. INTSABA will introduce science, technology, math and creative arts at an early age.
Life and livelihood skills will be taught.
A high nutrient diet will be provided.
Children will grow up knowing they were created and loved by God.
Land on which to build a holistic program that could impact Swazi OVC's over the longer term has not been available until now. The acquisition of INTSABA Farm marks a new era of service where the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being of children can be addressed. In addition, a new generation of Swazi's will be equipped with the tools necessary to become productive members of their communities.
Birds eye view of proposed Children's Village
at Intsaba Farm