Located in southern Africa and bordered by South Africa and Mozambique, eSwatini is led by His Majesty King Mswati III and is the last absolute monarchy in Africa. Residents of eSwatini speak siSwati and many people also speak English, which is the teaching language in school.
The country has the highest HIV rate in the world, and it is estimated that there are more than 200,000 orphans in Swaziland with more than half of the the total population being orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The onset of the worst drought in history dramatically increased food insecurity in the nation, and poverty and disease add to the challenges faced by the population.
A Place of HOPE
Project Canaan is a 1,000 hectare large-scale land development project being designed to come alongside Africans and bring expertise, resources and heart together to find a holistic solution to a complex set of issues. It will provide training and employment, while supporting orphans and vulnerable children on the property and across the nation.
Project Canaan Farm (PCF) has multiple approaches to agriculture utilizing both outdoor and greenhouse crop production, dairy farming, the raising of chickens and goats, and the production of fruit wherever possible on the land. Proceeds from farming will be used to help Project Canaan be a sustainable community, as well as help support the children and churches across the country that Heart for Africa (Canada) has partnered with.
The Project Canaan Children (PCC) program provides a safe haven for orphans and vulnerable children. Children’s homes and schools have been and will continue to be built to provide for the ever-growing number of orphans being left in the wake of the AIDS pandemic. This will provide them a chance to live and grow as well as be educated to help break the cycle of ignorance and poverty in their generation.
As of September 2018, we have 197 abandoned/orphaned children living at Project Canaan and we employ 280+ people from the surrounding community. Each Swazi employed is responsible for feeding an average of 13 people at home, meaning actually 3,640 people directly benefit from Project Canaan.
We receive a new baby on average every 9-10 days. If this trend continues we will have 268 children living on Project Canaan by the year 2020, so we must plan for housing, education, staffing and food production with these numbers in mind.