World Vision International
Job Opportunities in Swaziland
World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed, to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God. As a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation, World Vision works with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by Christian values, the organisation is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender
WVS Background and Profile
World Vision started operating in Swaziland in 1992 focusing mainly on emergency relief after the devastating drought that hit Swaziland. In 1996 the focus shifted from relief to disaster mitigation, rehabilitation, and transformational development. Initially, WVS used the community development project (CDP) approach and later changed to the Area Development Programme (ADP) approach to ensure greater impact and sustainability of community based development interventions. Through the ADPs in recent years, WVS interventions have addressed problems on food insecurity (mainly through agriculture), Water shortages, education, HIV and AIDS, health, infrastructure development, and economic development, in the process changing lives for the poor. WVS’ work has been concentrated in the regions chronically affected by drought and poverty, the Lubombo and Shiselweni regions respectively.
Swaziland is the second smallest country in Africa and the smallest country in the SADC region with a total land area of 17, 364.3 Kilometers. It is located at the southeast corner and is bordered by Mozambique in the East and South Africa on the North, West and Southern sides. The population is culturally homogenous; 93% are ethnic Swazi, a SiSwati (Nguni) speaking people of Bantu origin. Swaziland has a population of 1.1 million people and a population density of 53.5 people per square kilometer
CSO, 1997:19, the vast majority (76%) of which live in rural areas and depend on small-scale agriculture for their economic livelihood. The country exhibits remarkable geographical variability with four major ecological regions. These regions divide the country into longitudinal north-south strips that descend in elevation from west to east before again ascending sharply near the boundary with Mozambique.
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