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Swaziland

Washing hands under the tapSwaziland is virtually ethnically homogenous, with most of the population being of the same tribe. Economically, it relies on South Africa, which receives almost half of Swazi exports and supplies most of its imports. Many Swazis live in chronic poverty and food shortages are widespread. AIDS is taking a heavy toll. Swaziland has the most severe level of infection in the world, with over 40% of the population affected. Water and sanitation coverage is poor and capacity to improve the situation is low, with poor implementation of policies and a lack of government funding.

  • In 2001, Just a Drop supported the British Red Cross with a project in Cetshwayo by carrying out the following:
  • Building a water reservoir
  • Digging pipe trenches and paying for materials to distribute clean water to every household
  • Training 20 local residents on how to operate and maintain the water scheme
  • Building 700 latrines
  • Embarking on a community health education programme.

In total, the project benefited 5,600 children and adults.