Ranking as the country with the highest rate of HIV and AIDS in the world and with approximately 63% of the population living below the poverty line, the number of HIV/AIDS orphans is increasing, and a growing number of families in Swaziland are unable to take care of their children. To escape the poverty in the rural areas, most children travel to the big city in the hope of finding work or begging to survive.
Manzini Youth Care has provided accommodation, food, education and care for street children since 1978. Today, MYC’s six Residential Homes take care of 53 children. Each home has at least one House Father and a House Mother to look after the children, cook and attend to their daily needs.
MYC’s homes provide residential care to an overwhelming majority of boys, as the majority of street children in Manzini are male. In Swazi culture, girls are kept in homesteads to help with the household and to take care of their siblings. Regular ‘street nights’ allow MYC’s Social Welfare team to identify the increasing numbers of street children in need of care and support.
The six homes target children of different age groups. Please click on the following links to find out more about the homes and the children staying there.