Empowering households affected by poverty and HIV/AIDS

Children, adolescent and young women prevention, economic strengthening, care and support project in Somntongo and Lubulini Tinkhundla

Sahee has already supported three Compassionate Swaziland projects,(Fighting the World's Highest HIV/AIDS Infection Rate,
Child-Friendly Schools, and It is WORTH it!).
The current project builds on the previous project, with the goal of implementing what was learned in the new phase of the project.
The purpose of the project is to improve the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children, aged between 10-19 years, children and adolescent living with HIV, aged 5 – 19 years, young women aged 20-29 years, caregivers (30+ years) through prevention programs, ART adherence support, parenting skills and micro-business establishment resulting in more resilient youth and improved household economic status in Shiselweni region (Somntongo and Lubulini Tinkhundla).

Main activities are:
- Training of community volunteers on HIV prevention, teen clubs, parenting skills and household economic strengthening (WORTH)
- Provide access to comprehensive HIV prevention services to adolescents and young women (including Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) education, condom access and distribution, linkages to health facilities).
- To provide psychosocial care and support to Adolescent Living with HIV and linkage to care and clinical and viral load monitoring in teen clubs.
- To provide child protection interventions to adolescent and young women (strengthen gender based violence response initiative and linkage to post-care services).
- Capacitate adolescents, young women, and caregivers on financial literacy
- Capacitate young women and caregivers on parenting skills

Project site

Shiselweni region (Somntongo and Lubulini Tinkhundla) (Map)


Female caregivers (Financial literacy + parenting skills): 800 direct, 1600 indirect beneficiaries
Young Women (financial literacy + parenting skills): 200 direct, 800 indirect beneficiaries
Adolescents (boys and girls) under age 20 years: 600 direct beneficiaries
Adolescents living with HIV: 90 direct beneficiaries
Men: 800 indirect beneficiaries

Project costs and assistance by sahee

The entire project costs are CHF 90’000.–. The project is fully financed by sahee.

sahee is in regular contact with the project leaders, reviews the activities and visits the project once a year on site.

Duration of assistance

1st of January 2022 to 31st of December 2024

Local counterpart

Compassionate Swaziland

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Project overview

One of the clinics in cooperation with Compassionate Swaziland: there, HIV-infected children and adolescents can pick up their medication and meet in teen clubs.


In the teen clubs, children and adolescents learn about their illness, about prevention of gender based violence, and sexual and reproductive health in a playful way.


Young women meet on Saturdays as a savings group, but also to learn about various topics relevant to them.