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.

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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.

  • To improve food security for local families, we established saving groups that supply microloans to help farmers start new income-generating activities. We also provided training on farming practices that help to increase yields.
  • We provided training in child protection and advocacy for children’s committees, community members, parents, and local leaders in order to make the community a safer place for children.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • To improve water, sanitation, and hygiene, we partnered with local organizations to drill borehole wells, rehabilitate water systems, distribute water storage tanks, construct latrines, and improve water system management and repair.
  • We provided trainings for children and families on handwashing, personal hygiene, and waste management to improve community sanitation and lower the risk of waterborne illnesses.

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.

  • We worked with partners to secure quality education for boys and girls by introducing literacy and preschool programs.
  • To improve learning environments for children, we helped construct additional classrooms and distributed school desks, uniforms, and reading materials. We also equipped Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) groups to advocate for children’s access to basic education. CVA is our program that empowers communities with tools to advocate with governments for better healthcare, education, and child protection.

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.

  • Through our Channels of Hope program, we worked with faith leaders, village health workers, and Congregational Health Action Teams to provide care for orphans, vulnerable children, and people living with HIV and AIDS and discourage community stigma against these individuals. Channels of Hope is our program that equips faith leaders to inform their congregations on social issues and advocacy.

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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Covering the world in prayer: Pray for southern Africa

Pray for the work World Vision is doing in countries that make up the region of southern Africa — Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.