Siteki is a small town in eastern Swaziland in the mountainous Lubombo region, located around thirty kilometres from the border with Mozambique. Siteki was selected as the site for the third SOS Children’s Village in Swaziland for a number of reasons: over the years, the impact of HIV/AIDS has deteriorated families’ capacities and coping mechanisms to protect, care for and support their children. Services including health care are not sufficiently available in the Lubombo region, and people often have to travel long distances to get to a hospital. Low income, poor social conditions, and a lack of infrastructure such as sewage systems, in addition to the scarcity of health facilities in the region, all have a negative impact on the wellbeing of the local population.
Group of boys and girls who have recently moved to the children’s village (photo: B. Dimbleby)