Compassionate Life was started in 2006 by Linda Mulanix. After a trip to eSwatini (Swaziland at the time), Linda was called to put her faith into action and began a non-profit based in Michigan. Linda, along with her husband Tom, devoted over 10 years to Compassionate Life and making a difference in eSwatini.
In 2017, Cynthia Ziegler began her work with Compassionate Life along with board members Neil Richey, Kiel Vanderhovel, Coetta Adams, and Abby Briggs. We are all volunteers with a part of our hearts always in eSwatini who are committed to making a difference.
Compassionate Life is partnering with El Shaddai Children's Home. Because of our donors, we are able to provide food, housing, clothing, medical care, school fees, and guidance for 65 orphans and vulnerable children living at the children's home.
Compassionate Life also provides salaries for the caregivers (Aunties), ancillary staff, and managers of El Shaddai.
We praise God to see our children who came from places of desperation and hopelessness, now graduate from colleges and trade schools because of your investment and the investment of the El Shaddai staff in their lives.
In the past, Compassionate Life projects have included the funding of a church build, building and helping maintain the El Shaddai Primary School, planting trees and gardens in the community, and partnering with a care point providing school fees, uniforms, tutoring and mentoring in the city of Manzini, Swaziland.
We look forward to expanding our reach in the country of eSwatini, and can't wait to see what the future holds. We would love for you to be a part of what God has planned for eSwatini, El Shaddai, and Compassionate Life.
eSwatini, formerly Swaziland is a country about the size of New Jersey that is lanlocked by South Africa and Mozambique. Having the highest rate of HIV/AIDS per capita in the world, eSwatini has nearly the lowest life expectancy on the planet; only four other countries have a life expectancy lower. Compounding the AIDS epidemic was a drought that saw an over 60% reduction in corn harvest in eSwatini between 2014 and 2016. Although some rain has fallen in 2018, the small country is still far from average rainfall.
Below the map are links to articles for further reading on eSwatini.