Help Lesotho child sponsorship

Support the education of  a child in Lesotho today

Sponsor a child

Child Sponsorship matches sponsors with students in rural communities who have no chance to pay the prohibitive high school fees. The Child Sponsorship Programme is the only option for many of these children to continue going to school and achieve their dream of being educated. The majority of sponsored children are girls due to their increased vulnerability to poverty and HIV/AIDS.

The Child Sponsorship Programme is a combination of financial support for formal education and psychosocial support to help children grow up. Funding school fees demonstrates to each child that someone knows who they are, believes in them and will support them so they are no longer alone. Students are accountable to Help Lesotho to work hard, and they are also able to access greater support when challenges arise.

Cost of sponsorship per year (to be reviewed annually depending on exchange rate variability): 

Monthly Donation€30 or €35 including Leadership Camp

Annual Donation€365 or €425 including Leadership Camp

Sponsor a child

Child Sponsorship matches sponsors with students in rural communities who have no chance to pay the prohibitive high school fees. The Child Sponsorship Programme is the only option for many of these children to continue going to school and achieve their dream of being educated. The majority of sponsored children are girls due to their increased vulnerability to poverty and HIV/AIDS.

The Child Sponsorship Programme is a combination of financial support for formal education and psychosocial support to help children grow up. Funding school fees demonstrates to each child that someone knows who they are, believes in them and will support them so they are no longer alone. Students are accountable to Help Lesotho to work hard, and they are also able to access greater support when challenges arise.

Cost of sponsorship per year (to be reviewed annually depending on exchange rate variability): 

Monthly Donation€30 or €35 including Leadership Camp

Annual Donation€365 or €425 including Leadership Camp

What does the Sponsorship include

Children part of the sponsorship programme will receive the following:

  • School fees for high school (Grade 8 – Grade 11);
  • A new school uniform every two years (uniforms are mandatory);
  • New shoes every two years;
  • Exam fees for national exams;
  • Textbooks and stationary;
  • Toiletry kits twice a year;
  • Regular school visits from Help Lesotho staff to discuss academic goals and performance; 
  • Psychosocial support sessions at their school with Help Lesotho’s Child Support Officer.
  • Optional Extra: Attendance at the annual Leadership Camp

Help Lesotho typically only matches sponsors to children from January – March (the beginning of the school year). If you begin your sponsorship outside of this window, your donations will support Help Lesotho’s Education Support Fund until we are able to match you to a specific child. When you are matched to your child, you will receive a photo and profile.

You will receive letters and postcards from your sponsored child several times a year. We encourage you to write back!

Sponsors are encouraged to commit to sponsorship for the duration of their sponsored child’s high school education (4-5 years).

How the sponsorship programme works

We request that you commit to supporting the entire high school education of a child. The minimum commitment is 4 years. We do recommend a 5 year commitment in the event of your child repeating a school year. Should you only wish to commit to a once off sponsorship we recommend that you support the Education Fund.  Help Lesotho can not guarantee that a child will remain in high school, and should a child fail the year 2 years running, they will be removed from the programme.

Sign up as a sponsor via our Sponsorship commitment form

Sawabona Africa will inform Help Lesotho and connect you with high school learner in Lesotho

Sawabona Africa will provide you with details of your sponsored child

You will receive 3 letters per year from your sponsored child via Sawabona Africa

Sign up as a sponsor via our Sponsorship commitment form

Sawabona Africa will inform Help Lesotho and connect you with high school learner in Lesotho

Sawabona Africa will provide you with details of your sponsored child

You will receive 3 letters per year from your sponsored child via Sawabona Africa

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take for me to be matched with a child?
The answer depends on what time of year you sign up! The Lesotho school year runs from late January to November. Sponsors are matched to children from January – March each year. This ensures that the children needing sponsorship are matched to a sponsor in time to start their school year on schedule. On rare occasions, sponsors will be matched to students during the school year under special circumstances.

What happens if I sign up to sponsor outside the January – March window?
Your donation will be temporarily allocated to Help Lesotho’s Education Support Fund, which provides one-time support to vulnerable students in Lesotho. Once your sponsorship begins, your donation will be used exclusively to support the designated child.

Does it matter if I pay monthly or annually?
Please consider paying for your sponsorship monthly (either direct deposit from your bank account or credit card)! Monthly payments reduce the administrative cost of the Child Sponsorship Programme and ensure uninterrupted support for your sponsored child.

Can I send my sponsored child gifts?
In the best interests of the child, Help Lesotho insists that sponsors limit any gifts to small, light, non-monetary items such as stickers, book marks, motivational cards, family photos, black tights for girls, and most importantly, letters. Other gifts can cause a child to stand out and foster jealousy in their families and communities. Sawabona Africa does not facilitate the distribution of gifts. If you do wish to send any of the above items (except letters), please send them directly to Help Lesotho (address details below).

How often will I hear from my sponsored child?
Sponsored children are expected to write at least two letters a year to their sponsors – one in the spring and one in the fall. These letters will be scanned by the Help Lesotho’s Ottawa office and sent to Sawabona Africa for distribution. Each fall, you will receive an annual update that includes a copy of your sponsored child’s questionnaire, a photo, and a letter. Sponsors who pay to send their child to Leadership Camp will also receive an update from Camp.

May I sponsor a child directly through Help Lesotho in Canada?

For sure, especially if you live in North America, we recommend you work directly with Help Lesotho. Please visit the Help Lesotho website.  If you are based in Germany, all sponsorship costs on request will receive a tax certificate. 

What is Leadership Camp?
All child sponsors are encouraged to send their sponsored child to Help Lesotho’s annual 5-day Leadership Camp. For most children, attending Camp is the highlight of their year. Each December, over 150 children are invited to attend Camp, where they spend their days participating in exciting workshops, making crafts, playing sports and learning about important topics such as HIV/AIDS, and spend their evenings making new friends and showcasing their talents at the nightly talent shows. Campers receive healthy meals and snacks, a safe place to sleep, and a chance to take a break from the constant challenges of their lives. Sponsors can pay for Leadership Camp as part of their monthly payments, or on an annual basis.

How can I communicate with my sponsored child?
Sponsors are encouraged to write letters to their sponsored children. Letters can be sent to Sawabona Africa, Help Lesotho’s Canadian Office to be transported to Lesotho with staff/volunteers, or directly to Help Lesotho’s Lesotho Office. Please indicate the name and school of your sponsored child on the envelope.  If you would like Sawabona Africa to facilitate the distribution of your letter, we will scan the letter and forward it to Help Lesotho.

Canadian Office:

Help Lesotho

610 Bronson Avenue

Ottawa, ON KS1S4E6

Canada

Lesotho Office:

Help Lesotho

P.O.Box 231

Leribe 300

LESOTHO

Sawabona Africa:

Zilla Stekhoven, Sawabona Africa

Karolingerallee 7

81545, München

GERMANY