Why World Vision is in Lesotho

Lesotho is a small, mountainous country surrounded entirely by the Republic of South Africa. A drought that began in 2015 has caused a prolongued food crisis in the country: More than 30% of the population experiences extreme food insecurity. In 2019, rains came late in the year but were not enough to produce a harvest. Because it is difficult to travel through Lesotho’s mountainous terrain, in 2019 World Vision teamed with the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) to use drones to assess environmental conditions in remote areas. During the year there were also reports of Lesotho girls lured into South Africa with the promise of work, only to be trafficked into the sex trade instead. Unfortunately, many of these young girls become pregnant or infected with STDs. Thanks to donor support, community leaders are being equipped to protect children from exploitation through the Channels of Hope program. HIV and AIDS are now discussed openly as communities across the country join together to fight stigmatization. Caregivers are learning principles of loving, biblical parenthood through programs like Celebrating Families.

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.

  • Parents and community members learned about the negative impacts of early marriage and were equipped with tools to successfully prevent child marriages.
  • Through training sessions, children learned about their rights and how to protect themselves and others.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • In Lesotho, mothers and caregivers learned about good nutrition for their children and how to prepare healthy meals.
  • After they received agricultural support and training, families are better equipped to grow nutritious food for their 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.

  • Girls and boys have more resources to improve their reading and writing skills. Teachers learned new methods for literacy lessons, and reading camps helped kids get additional support outside of the classroom.

Prayer Requests from Lesotho

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

  • For the Lesotho government, as it begins court proceedings for a crime involving the country’s First Lady.


  • For a lasting solution to the country’s HIV epidemic, and for the children who have been orphaned as a result of the disease.


News from Lesotho