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.

  • 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:

  • 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.


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