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Why World Vision is in Lesotho
An ongoing drought in Lesotho has left millions of people unsure where their next meal will come from. Since 80 percent of Lesotho relies on agriculture and farming to make a living, the pressures of the drought are shifting attitudes toward adopting climate-smart agriculture to keep future food production more sustainable. Given the proximity to South Africa, Lesotho has become a source and transit country for human trafficking, especially for younger girls and women who get caught up while looking for legitimate jobs in the larger cities. One in five girls are married before they turn 18, although advocates are working to change this. Lesotho has the second-highest rate of HIV and AIDS in the world—one in four people live with these diseases. As a result, hundreds of thousands of children are orphaned or forced to take on adult duties to lead their households. We’re partnering with local organizations on an initiative called Men Engage, promoting men’s responsibility for their families’ health, to combat these diseases. We’re also focusing our healthcare programs on how to prevent mother-to-child transmission. The Literacy Boost model is engaging parents and teachers more fully in children’s education. Your support is helping kids flourish with better education and health.
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.
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 learned what to do if they or someone they know experiences abuse. They learned about their rights and how to reports possible cases of abuse. Also, community and church leaders attended training on child protection and how to report cases of abuse and exploitation to authorities.
- Children's committees in Lesotho attended the National Children’s Parliament. The parliament is intended to create meaningful participation of children in policy arenas, where they discuss issues pertinent to children, such as child rights and protection, and prevention of child marriage.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- To prevent the spread of hygiene-related diseases, new toilets and latrines were installed at schools in Lesotho. Access to sanitation facilities helps students to stay in class more regularly.
- Caregivers in Lesotho attend workshops on breastfeeding and preparation of nutritious meals, to improve child nutrition. In the workshops, caregivers identify local nutritious crops and learn how to grow and prepare them for their children.
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.
- Through a collaboration with schools and teachers in Lesotho, the Literacy Boost* model was implemented. This included opportunities to improve reading and writing through reading camps where parent volunteers lead literacy sessions in their homes after school. *Literacy Boost is a copyrighted tool designed, developed, and owned by Save the Children.
Prayer Requests from Lesotho
World Vision's staff in Lesotho are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Children's protection, especially in war-torn areas.
Health and well-being for people living with HIV and AIDS, and support for their families and communities.
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