Why World Vision is in Lesotho
Lesotho experienced a severe drought in 2015, attributable to one of the strongest El Nino weather patterns in history. Crops failed for the third time in a row and wells dried up, leaving communities vulnerable to unprotected water sources. An estimated 600,000 people suffered from hunger and the government declared a state of emergency. In addition to the hunger crisis, Lesotho continued to be rated second in the world in HIV and AIDS cases at 23%. The National AIDS commission was revived in 2015 to coordinate all HIV and AIDS prevention and mitigation efforts in Lesotho. World Vision addressed water, hunger, and health issues in Lesotho. New wells were drilled and water committees attended sessions on how to keep wells maintained and repaired. Farmers were trained on new irrigation techniques and greenhouses were constructed, where vegetables can be watered and harvested on a year-round basis.
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.
- To increase food production and provide more household income, we trained farmers on agricultural issues such as new farming techniques, animal husbandry, and cash crop production.
- To promote child rights and address gender-based violence, we trained community members, teachers, and church leaders on issues of child protection and equipped them to advocate for more effective child protection policies.
- To reduce overgrazing and soil erosion and promote environmental preservation, we worked with the Ministry of Forestry and Land Reclamation to train farmers on proper land management and conservation methods, such as planting more trees and rotating grazing areas.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- To improve maternal and child health, we trained women on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and AIDS and taught them about childhood nutrition, such as exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.
- We partnered with the Rural Water Department to improve access to clean water and train water committees to maintain and manage water supplies. Community members learned about the importance of proper hygiene and sanitation, such as handwashing, latrine use, and waste management.
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 improved learning environments at preschools and primary schools by constructing new classrooms and providing books and educational resources.
- To improve the quality of education, we trained teachers in new teaching methods that focus on expanding students' literacy, math, and science skills.
- We partnered with the Ministry of Education to raise awareness of the importance of education and trained school board members to advocate for education policies that respect the rights of children.
- We work with Catholic Relief Services to help children with impaired vision to improve their reading abilities through innovative braille production and translation, including a portable brailler.
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 a program called Channels of Hope HIV and AIDS, local faith leaders and their congregations worked to break down the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS and provide community support to children and adults who are affected.
Prayer Requests from Lesotho
World Vision's staff in Lesotho are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Children who are plagued by waterborne illnesses because they are drinking unclean water.
Children to stay in school, where they receive both education and school lunches.
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