Where Our Support Goes
El Shaddai Ministry
El Shaddai Ministry (ESM) is a safe haven for children who have been orphaned, abused, neglected, or abandoned. Providing a loving and Jesus-centered environment for children to live, learn, and grow in. El Shaddai Ministries seeks to raise up leaders who will build a brighter future for the next generations of Swaziland. Since its founding in 1998, the El Shaddai property has undergone numerous changes and additions. The development of these features are examples of how God has been faithful to bring the vision for this ministry to life.
CLF Manzini Care Center and Ebenezer Church
CLF is striving to be a light of hope to the community of Manzini. By partnering with Ebenezer Church CLF is able to care for over (23) families and their children by providing them with an education, food, clothing, spiritual training and medical care. In addition to this the children are able to attend our after school study program where tutors help them with their homework and they receive a nutritious meal.
The smallest country in the Southern Hemisphere, Swaziland is a landlocked, independent kingdom about the size of New Jersey. It’s bordered on three sides by the Republic of South Africa, with a 70 mile eastern border with Mozambique, and is about 40 miles from the Indian Ocean. The climate varies from tropical to near temperate. Drought is a major problem. The terrain is mostly mountains and hills; some moderately sloping plains. A good portion of the land is covered in rocks, boulders and tall green grass. Farming is a way of life for the Swazi people. Most families grow maize as their main food source. Cattle, goats, and chickens are an important part of every homestead. The unemployment rate in Swaziland has reached an all time high of 50%, (some say its much higher), with many people struggling to find employment.
AIDS in Africa
The tiny African kingdom of Swaziland has the highest HIV infection rate per capita in the world. Reported estimates vary according to age group and gender. More than one in four adults (26%) ages 15 – 49 are infected with HIV/AIDS. The age group and gender that has the highest HIV prevalence rate of (49%) are women ages 25 – 29. In 1987 the first AIDS case was reported in Swaziland, by 1992 the rate was 3.9%. By 2002 the reported cases of AIDS had reached 38.6%, an increase of 900%. Life expectance for the total population is 49 years old one of the lowest in the world. Past plaques have swept away the weak. This pandemic is sweeping away the strong and leaving the weak. Experts say that an entire generation of Swazi people will be wiped out unless profound change is realized.
- CLF is a 501(c)(3) public charity as defined by the United States Internal Revenue Service specifications. All donations are tax deductible. A copy of CLF's tax exempt status is available upon request.
- We commit to using the money that is donated to Compassionate Life for the purpose for which it was raised.
- We commit to the highest standards for the use of funds keeping our administrative and fund raising cost as low as possible without jeopardizing the quality and integrity of the Foundation.
- We commit to being financially responsible as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit adhering to the necessary accounting practices to ensure all funds are used wisely and are accounted for.
- A copy of Compassionate Life's yearly financial report is available upon request.