Lesotho: Matlameng

Matlameng's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2017

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Children's rights are better respected. A total of 34 children and 36 adults attended training to learn about the rights of children and child protection. Children and community members now know how to report cases of suspected abuse and other harmful incidents that may occur within the community.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • More children have access to vaccinations. A mobile clinic provided rubella vaccinations to 6,500 children between the age of 2 and 13. An additional 240 immunizations were given to children under 5, resulting in most children in the community now being fully immunized.
  • In order to improve hygiene and sanitation for children at school, we rehabilitated and constructed new latrines at a primary school, benefiting 433 kids.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Boys and girls attend better-equipped schools. An additional 2 classrooms were constructed at a primary school, giving 722 children more room to learn. Now they are motivated and their grades are improving.
  • Educational toys were also provided to 22 preschools, helping to teach 234 young children early learning skills.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Children have more trained leaders to teach them about their faith. A total of 19 spiritual leaders participated in child protection and gender equality training and then shared the information with their congregations. An additional 36 community volunteers were taught child monitoring skills.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Matlameng, Lesotho

In Matlameng, the economy depends on farming—primarily corn, grain, and wheat—and raising livestock. Cattle are raised to plow fields or provide milk, and sheep and goats are raised for their wool. However, limited agricultural support, an inability to afford farming equipment, the use of outdated techniques, and unpredictable weather patterns have resulted in low crop production, despite good soil conditions. Many families are left hungry and unable to afford basic needs. When parents struggle to put food on the table, their children’s health often suffers. Food shortages, scarcity of clean water, and poor sanitation and hygiene—as well as knowledge about these topics—mean children are vulnerable to easily contract preventable diseases, which far too often result in increased child mortality rates. Another health challenge is HIV and AIDS. The disease has impacted many families, either leaving children to fend for themselves or making adults too weak to work. Community members have access to health clinics, although these are typically understaffed, unsanitary, and lack health equipment. Since 2000, primary education has been free, but some children are forced to drop out when their parents cannot afford additional expenses, such as school supplies and uniforms. Parents often do not understand the value of education, so they force their children to stay home to help with household responsibilities or to find work, which increases their risk of exploitation. Children who do stay in school do not necessarily get a quality education. Schools are overcrowded, lack furniture, and teachers are inadequately trained. Some schools are located across rivers and become inaccessible during rainy seasons.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 10 years.
Matlameng, Lesotho is in Phase 3

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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