The children of Swaziland have a life expectancy of around 32 mostly due to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection of 42%. SKRUM will educate the children of Swaziland about HIV/AIDS to help them make informed decisions and avoid the fate of their parents generation.
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Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known rate of HIV/AIDS infection - 42% of the 958,000 population. The average life expectancy is a lowly 32 and 31% of all youth are orphans & vulnerable children. It is projected that without bold action these frightening statistics will worsen by up to 25% by 2010. SKRUM'S MISSION To give the school children of Swaziland much-needed education in sex awareness, differentiating between the young and the sexually active, while introducing an element of fun - RUGBY! To help develop individuals from families of limited resources who show ability in the game of rugby. To ensure that participants in the programme are attending an institution that offers a well-rounded education. To educate each participant in all aspects of the game of rugby (playing, officiating, coaching, diet, medical and administration). To develop children's personalities and life skills so that they might grow into leaders who can proudly serve their communities and country. It will cost approximately 40,000 GBP per year to allow SKRUM to visit around 200 schools per year to introduce the SKRUM programme and deliver the HIV/AIDS education. SKRUM is already a success and has visited over 250 schools in Swaziland.
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