Stories from Eswatini

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Eswatini.

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According to a recent World Bank study, about 24% of girls in Eswatini between the ages of 15-19 have had children or are currently pregnant. It has also been reported that 56.6% of youth in the country are living in poverty.

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Four Asian American women stand side by side in a kitchen. They are cooking together.

As a Vietnamese American returned Peace Corps Volunteer, my experience serving from 2013-2016 in Swaziland, a small landlocked country in southern Africa, was incredibly unique.

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She Power has been planned to encourage and support creativity in a way that produces income-generating products and new skills for their girls as well as unleash the creative expression, new motivation and an “I care” within their spirits.

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Several Nepalese women and one American volunteer, all in colorful clothing, sit together on a porch reading and smiling.

From rural villages to busy cities, women are the backbone of society. They are health care professionals, local organizers, inventive entrepreneurs, sustainability-minded farmers and dedicated educators.

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Sharing a meal

She then stunned me with her next sentence: " I wish we could stay longer in eSwatini..."

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Here’s a fact: Adolescent girls and young women ages 15-24 are the most at risk population for acquisition of HIV here in Eswatini.

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Girl Child

We envisioned a day where girls from both our communities could gather to celebrate each others’ strength, resilience, and beauty, learn new skills to prepare for their futures, and simply have fun.

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As far back as I can remember, I have always had access to a computer. 

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