Key Club's Last Official Day in Swaziland

Today we visited a goverment-supported hosptial that cares for both children and adults, but we visited the children's ward where it is estimated that over 70% of all children admitted have been infected withh or exposed to HIV. The conditions were not like our hopitals in the US and we learned some of their challenges, as well as how UNICEF helps support the hospital. We had brought drawings from children in the US and we gave them to the children in the hospital.

[In the Field] Visiting with a child from a neighborhood care point

Four Key Club Ambassadors to UNICEF are visiting projects in Swaziland and blogging about their experience. Below is their fourth post. Today in Swaziland we visited a neighborhood care point and traveled to the home of one of the children we met there. He is being raised by his grandmother. We asked her what her hopes were for her grandchildren, and she told us she wanted schooling, clothing, food, and for them to live to be adults. When I listened to her say this, all I could think of was what my parents would have said if asked the same question.

Learning about UNICEF's work for kids in Burkina Faso

Welcome to my first post as a volunteer with UNICEF! I'll be writing about where and why children need our help, how they can get it, and in what forms they need it. I for one have a lot to learn about how money and supplies reach some of our world's most vulnerable kids. Rest assured that what I learn here at UNICEF USA, I will share with you, the reader. The responsibility to give to others rests in all of our hands.

[In the Field] Key Club Ambassadors to UNICEF arrive in Swaziland

After many eventful hours on four planes, we have arrived at our destination of Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland. Amanda, Grace, Rob and I (the four Key Club Ambassadors to UNICEF) have found Swaziland to be different than what we expected. It is clear to us after seeing children of all ages walking home from school that these children need our help more than they need our sympathy. -Joe Children walking home from school in Swaziland