Lesotho

Why World Vision is in Lesotho


In 2018, community dialogues among the people of Lesotho began to pave the way for national political reforms. Children are involved so they can have a voice in what reforms should be included for their benefit. In Lesotho, there’s often not enough rainfall to grow enough food for the three quarters of the population who exist on agriculture. One result: more than one in three kids suffer from stunting, a sign of long-term hunger. To make ends meet, women often go to South Africa to work as domestic, farm, or factory laborers, but it’s often still insufficient to support their families. Impoverished households are more vulnerable to child trafficking, as girls are trapped under the pretext of the trafficker finding a job for them. Lesotho ranks second in the world for HIV and AIDS rates, and sadly, children often have to take responsibility as heads of their households when other family members pass away. Thanks to the support of our donors, vulnerable children were protected this year. The Queen of Lesotho partnered with us as an advocate for child protection, especially to support girls staying in school and not getting married young. Girls often face stigma and difficulties regarding menstruation hygiene at school, so the queen joined us to work at local and national levels for better support of girls, and all vulnerable children. As a result, the government started working on a program to give free sanitary materials to girls. Our programs also trained pastors in teaching tools, so they can help people understand their value in God’s eyes and be motivated to improve their families’ lives. As well, village health workers were trained to help fight malnutrition.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Lesotho

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

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 in Lesotho are being empowered to advocate for their rights. For example, in one community, children were instrumental in getting two pieces of children protection legislation revised.
  • In Lesotho, children are being trained to keep themselves and others safe by reporting any violations of children's rights.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Mothers were equipped with knowledge and tools to help them cook nutritious meals for their children.
  • Kids had improved access to better healthcare after local health providers were given new equipment and training.

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.

  • Children's access to quality education increased after teachers received training on updated and improved teaching methods.

Prayer Requests from Lesotho

World Vision's staff in Lesotho are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Safety for children who have to go to work to help support their families.

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  • Children with disabilities who need special care that their parents can’t afford.

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