A special, ecumenical service will be held in St. Cronan’s Church of Ireland on Sunday 25th November at 7.30pm to raise funds for the Luyengo Farm Project in Swaziland.
Swaziland is a small, landlocked country, nestling between South Africa and Mozambique, which has great poverty, and the highest HIV infection rate in the world, cutting down young and old, and devastating families. About 75% of the population are farmers, and desperately poor. Most people get by on less than €1 a day. Over 1 in 4 people in Swaziland have HIV, resulting in the world’s lowest life expectancy: just 32 years. Six in every ten deaths are due to HIV.
The Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in Swaziland speak out against oppression in this absolute monarchy, standing firmly on the side of the 70% of the population who live below the poverty line, who own no land, and have no way to improve their prospects. The Anglican Diocese has a detailed programme to help people affected by HIV, encompassing the following:
Care Points: Places run by parish churches where orphans and vulnerable children can come every day after school for fellowship and food.
Home Based Care:
Teams of retired nurses who visit homes, often in isolated, rural areas, bringing painkillers, antibiotics, vitamin supplements; all designed not just to prolong life, but to prolong quality of life.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.