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Sam Harry and Pip have always been described as a little odd so why not go full crazy and walk 100 Km (2.5 marathons) in 24 hours?!Great!
6 years ago Tom Churchyard founded a charity after realising the need for male mentoring inside the landlocked country of Swaziland situated within SA. The charity has come on in leaps and bounds growing from 27 young men in 2012 to now providing a safe place over 500 boys and young men, paving ways for role models of the future
Swaziland is one of the most gender unequal countries in the world. One in three girls experience sexual violence before their 18th birthday (UNICEF 2007), whilst the small sovereignty also has the highest HIV & TB prevalence in the world, at 31% of adults (SHIMS 2011) leaving over 220,000 orphaned or vulnerable minors.
Kwakha Indvodza (KI) HQ offers a safe place for the young men and boys to socialise, communicate and relax in a monitored environment. The charity runs events such as team building exercises, music festivals and community Braai's. All this doesn't come cheap and KI rely heavily on funding from the US and around the World.
In a patriarchal culture like Swaziland’s, men are often expected to be in control, to be strong, healthy and to lead. As a result of such social expectations, men are far less likely to test for HIV, or initiate and adhere to anti-retroviral treatment when they are diagnosed with the disease. Unsurprisingly, then, whilst the majority of people living with HIV are female, the majority of AIDS-related deaths are male. Kwakha run health and sexual health courses in order to increase awareness and address community behavioural expectations that may be damaging to the men whose shoulder that falls on.
In short we are proud of what Tom has created and continues to create. We have the unique opportunity to help the young men of Kwakha develop into the men they want to be, rather than the men they're told to be.
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Amber & Myles x
Aug 19, 2018
Pip, Sam and Harry - good luck!! Dont let the blisters get you down. Amber and Myles xx
Aug 18, 2018
I know you'll see it through pippy ! Xxx
Aug 17, 2018
Great work boys appolgies for the lateness of my donation
Natasha and Paul Ransome
Aug 17, 2018
Good luck Pip and team.
Aug 15, 2018
Good luck lads! Walk the Walk! Sally and Simon Collins
Aug 12, 2018
You don't need feet anyway so why not lose them
Aug 11, 2018
Gwarn the boys
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Hi, we are Sam, Pip and Harry an odd trio from Kent looking for the next big challenge. We decided on doing a MAMMOTH walk because if you know any of us we don't do running very well!! We are supporting my brothers charity Kwakha Indovdza.
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