Selulasandla Vashti Children Village
The Selulasandla Vashti Children Village is an orphanage for children who have lost their parents to HIV. It is located in Mbabane, Swaziland. It was named after Bishop Vashti McKenzie, the 117th elected Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 2002, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority built houses at the village. Built to accommodate 12 children and a housemother, the home was made possible with funds contributed by Delta sorors. The Village is situated in a picturesque valley, an expansive vegetable garden flourishes where residents (most of whom are adolescents) grow some of their own food.
Since its inception, the Village has raised awareness about taking care children who are impacted by the effects of HIV. The home occupancy has grown from four children in 2000 to 23 in 2014. At Selulasandla, the children are being provided with a loving home environment physically and spiritually that preserves their childhood and enables them to grow into mature, responsible and successful adults. The Village supports the needs of the children by securing their school fees, feeding them, and taking care of their health. Many of these children come from the rural areas of the country. Some children have dropped out and some have died.
The village is still a work in progress with an office complex, conference center, church and apartments envisioned for the future.