February 2005

Friends of Swaziland recently provided nearly $3,000 to support a media project by active Peace Corps Volunteers. See the February 2005 newsletter for more details.

May 2003

Friends of Swaziland is initiating a fund-raising drive aimed at raising money so that FOS may fund programs and activities targeting Swaziland. The AIDS crisis is an obvious first choice for group funds, although the FOS Board of Directors will make funding decisions reflecting the wishes of FOS membership.

[According to the UN Integrated Regional Information Network Swaziland may now have the worst HIV infection rate in the world. The UN estimates that 38.6% of Swazi adults are HIV positive, and even this figure may be out of date and understate the infection rate.]

FOS passed a milestone on March 13, 2003, when the IRS granted FOS tax-exempt status as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The practical benefit of this new status is that donations to FOS are now tax-deductible.

Shortly after achieving this status FOS members Guy and Susan Wroble donated $2000 to FOS to support general operations of the group. This helps tremendously because FOS must maintain a minimum balance in its checking account as well as defray expenses of mailing out the newsletter, paying affiliation dues to the National Peace Corps Association, etc.

The Wrobles have in addition announced a $2000 challenge grant to FOS members!! What this means is that Guy and Susan will match donations "dollar for dollar" up to a total of $2000. With this extremely generous gesture the Wrobles will make it possible for FOS to rapidly begin raising funds for worthy projects in Swaziland.

More details were provided in the June 2003 newsletter.

Donations may be sent to:

Friends of Swaziland
c/o Scott Lewis, Treasurer
1276 No. Wayne St., Apt. #425
Arlington, VA 22201