Welcome to The Magic Kingdom — the official website of the
Friends of Swaziland. Friends of Swaziland is composed primarily of
returned volunteers and others who have lived and served in the
southern African Kingdom of Swaziland. Other individuals who are
concerned about development issues related to Swaziland, and
Africa in general, are also welcomed to participate in this
information and aid site.
of Swaziland is a non-profit organization organized exclusively
for the purposes specified above and in accordance with Section
501 c(3) of the the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
We're hoping this website will serve
to generate some memories, give you an idea of what's going on in
Swaziland, reconnect with some old friends, and encourage
you to join our organization. We hope you'll find it useful. Please
send any comments to emailus@FriendsOfSwaziland.org.
Friends of Swaziland is an affiliate of the
National Peace Corps Association.
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Recent Friends of Swaziland News
Books for Swaziland
The Board of the Friends of Swaziland (FOS) has approved financial
support for a new Peace Corps Partnership Project called Books for
Swaziland. (We've helped similar projects in the past.) To increase our
impact, FOS will match donations received up to $750, thus leveraging a
potential $1500 contribution to this project. Read more on the Funding/Projects
New board members ... and update.
Friends of Swaziland is excited to welcome our two newest Board Members, Laura Reynolds
and Brandon Bobisink, recently returned Peace Corps Volunteers. We still have other
leadership positions to fill, including the Group Leader position. We're also in need
of volunteers to plan festivities for the RPCV conference, September 22-25 in
Washington, D.C. Please consider offering your talents to the group.
E-mail if interested.
FOS helps Camp GLOW effort.
We recently provided $500 to support the PCV-led Camp Glow (Girls Leading our World) in
Swaziland, scheduled for April. Camp GLOW 2016 will be "two five-day health and leadership
camps, where 120 girls, ages 9-19, will have the opportunity to address issues that they
face daily in their communities, primarily involving HIV/AIDS, sexual reproductive
health, and gender inequality." This is FOS's third straight year to help with the
Camp GLOW project.
2015 fundraiser results. Thanks go out to the many who helped us raise
over $700 at the end of last year. It's never too late (or early) to make a tax-deductible
donation! How to donate.
FoS teleconference. Swaziland RPCVs were invited to a teleconference on Sunday, November 22,
for an opportunity to find out what the FOS group does, what
our plans are for the future, and to share ideas on how FOS can best
serve Swazis and the RPCV Swaziland community. Read
about this and previous board meetings.
FOS supports GLOW Camp. Friends of Swaziland contributed $500
to the GLOW Camp, a PCV-sponsored Partnership Project that helps and
empowers girls. Read more on the Funding/Projects
FOS supports “Books For Swaziland” for a third year.
FOS contributed $500 to the
Books for Swaziland, a PCV sponsored
Partnership Project. This project’s goal is to support
30 school libraries in Swaziland, reaching over 60,000 students in and improve English literacy.
Read more on the Funding/Projects
Nursing Education. FOS supported Evelyn Acheson a
Project Hope Volunteer who served in Swaziland in the 1980s, by
providing a donated laptop computer and a $950 check toward supplies and
other expenses. Evelyn left for Swaziland in early March to volunteer for a few months on a nursing education project. You can read her blog at
FOS helps fund PCV's Peace Corps Partnership Project, "Primary School Library." The FOS Board awarded $500 to fund this project. The Swaziland PCV wrote FOS, saying,
"the school committee has asked for my assistance in turning an old
classroom into a library. This will provide the students with better
access to the books and also with a place for them to study and receive
homework help. Also given my background in art I have decided to combine
the library with a mural project. The students in grades 5-7 will
receive art lessons designed to teach them new skills and unlock their
creativity. The classes will close with a mural design contest where a
winner from each grade will be chosen to have their design painted on
the wall either inside or outside of the library."
Jack Conrad's efforts raise over $8000 for Young Heroes.
Swaziland RPCV and FOS Board Member, Jack Conrad, endured an epic bike
ride of 750 km through 6 countries in the heart of Europe, to raise
funds for the Young Heroes, a non-profit group
operating in Swaziland that supports AIDS orphans. Thanks go out to the
33 RPCVs and friends who made contributions and our Treasurer, Scott
Lewis, for keeping up with all the contributions!
Meeting with Swaziland PC Country Director. A small
gathering of DC area RPCVs met with Steve Driehaus, Swaziland Peace
Corps Country Director, as he discussed the fine work that PCVs are
doing in Swaziland and future programming directions. Steve was also
receptive to the idea of RPCVs visiting Swaziland in 2014 and
participating in a project. Stay tuned.
RPCVs meet with new U.S. ambassador to Swaziland. We
were very pleased to oblige the new U.S. Ambassador to Swaziland, Malika
James, who asked to meet with Friends of Swaziland before she reported
to her new post. Thus, we convened a group of DC area RPCVs at Nando's
Peri Peri in DC (Chinatown) for a very positive meeting. Ambassador
James was very interested in what we had done as volunteers and
identifying the needs in Swaziland.
FOS helps fund chaperone for AIDS conference. At the
request of PCV Darryn Crocker serving in Swaziland, we raised the last
$500 needed to send a chaperone for the Swazi youth who were attending
the AIDS conference in Washington, DC in August.
FOS helps fund two Peace Corps Partnership Projects.
FOS helped fund two projects sponsored by PCVs serving in Swaziland. The
first help fund the annual Camp GLOWS, an empowerment experience for
young Swazi girls. The other provided funds for the Books for Swaziland
project to provide for shipment of worthwhile books for libraries in