HELP LESOTHO

Supporting the next generation in Lesotho

Help Lesotho  delivers life skills training and mental health support in rural Lesotho. 

AIDS decimated a generation – together we’re helping those who remain move on and create lasting change in their communities.

About Help Lesotho

Help Lesotho is a non-profit organization registered in both Canada and Lesotho.

Vision:
Youth of Lesotho to have the support and agency to
create healthy and self-sustaining futures.

From Yes we Care! e.V. to Help Lesotho

''We will continue to support the children of Lesotho!''

Sadly, the end of the charity organization Yes we care! e.V. had to be decided on 31.12.2021. Countless needy children in Lesotho were able to benefit from various Yes we care! e.V. projects and will continue to do so in the future. Former sponsored students from the Yes we care! e.V. child sponsorship program managed to get a tertiary education and are now in well-paying jobs. Yes we care! e.V. worked for over 10 years in close cooperation with the Canadian aid organization Help Lesotho.

Sawabona Africa e.V. has now brought the Canadian partner organization Help Lesotho under its umbrella to ensure a continuation for needy children in Lesotho to be helped with school education through individual donations or sponsorships.

Yes we care! e.V will transfer all remaining cash on their account to Sawabona Africa for Help Lesotho programmes and therefore ensures that Yes we care! ‘s constitution is fulfilled.

About Lesotho

Lesotho is a tiny mountainous kingdom tucked inside South Africa. Lesotho is considered one of the poorest countries in the world.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 people in Lesotho are HIV -positive. An entire generation was lost to this epidemic, leaving a massive cohort of orphaned children.
  • 86% of girls and women in Lesotho report having experienced gender-based violence.
  • Half of Lesotho’s population lives in poverty, with much higher rates in rural areas where Help Lesotho works. Unemployment is rampant.

About Lesotho

Lesotho is a tiny mountainous kingdom tucked inside South Africa. Lesotho is considered one of the poorest countries in the world.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 people in Lesotho are HIV -positive. An entire generation was lost to this epidemic, leaving a massive cohort of orphaned children.
  • 86% of girls and women in Lesotho report having experienced gender-based violence.
  • Half of Lesotho’s population lives in poverty, with much higher rates in rural areas where Help Lesotho works. Unemployment is rampant.

Help Lesotho programmes we support

Leadership Camp

About the Leadership Camp

Help Lesotho hosts an annual 5-day Leadership Camp

For most children, attending Camp is the highlight of their year. Per Camp, up to 75 children are invited to attend, where they spend their days participating in exciting workshops, making crafts, playing sports and learning about important topics such as HIV/AIDS and life skills, and spend their evenings making new friends and showcasing their talents at the nightly talent shows. In addition, children are provided counselling to learn to cope with the loss of their parents.  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. 

Cost of leadership camp: 

  • 120 € per annum
  • 10 € per month

About the Leadership Camp

Help Lesotho hosts an annual 5-day Leadership Camp

For most children, attending Camp is the highlight of their year. Over 150 children are invited to attend a Camp, where they spend their days participating in exciting workshops, making crafts, playing sports and learning about important topics such as HIV/AIDS and life skills, 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. 

Cost of leadership camp: 

  • 120 € per annum
  • 10 € per month

Child Sponsorship Programme

About Child Sponsorship

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 Programme (may change in 2023 due to exchange rate variability): 

  • Monthly Donation: €30 or €35 including Leadership Camp

  • Annual Donation: €365 or €425 including Leadership Camp

 

About Child Sponsorship

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 Programme in 2022 (subject to currency fluctuations): 

  • Monthly Donation: €30 or €35 including Leadership Camp

  • Annual Donation: €365 or €425 including Leadership Camp

 

Sponsorship is possible for the first time at the end of 2022. Please let us know now if you are interested in taking over a sponsorship from 2023 on – this will help us and Help Lesotho in planning the sponsorship programme!

However, you can already support needy children in their school education without a specific sponsorship, through Help Lesotho’s education fund.

Education Fund

Support education without a sponsorship

In a desperately poor country where countless children can only dream of attending secondary school because their families simply cannot afford it, this education fund makes it possible to support a child’s education without taking over a concrete sponsorship.

Donations go into the education support fund of Help Lesotho, from which numerous individual cases are financed, e.g.:

  • Covering the expensive exam fees for children who would otherwise not be able to graduate from school
  • Interim financing of school fees and school clothing for needy children until they can be accepted into the sponsorship programme.

Support education without a sponsorship

In a desperately poor country where countless children can only dream of attending secondary school because their families simply cannot afford it, this education fund makes it possible to support a child’s education without taking over a concrete sponsorship.

Donations go into the education support fund of Help Lesotho, from which numerous individual cases are financed, e.g.:

  • Covering the expensive exam fees for children who would otherwise not be able to graduate from school.
  • Interim financing of school fees and school clothing for needy children until they can be accepted into the sponsorship programme.

Help Lesotho

Donate to Help Lesotho

Help Lesotho has 22 projects in total. 

Should you wish to donate to Help Lesotho, and allow your donation to be allocated where support is most needed. Sawabona Africa will work with Help Lesotho to select a suitable  programme.

 

Donate to Help Lesotho

Help Lesotho has 22 projects in total. 

Should you wish to donate to Help Lesotho, and allow your donation to be allocated where support is most needed. Sawabona Africa will work with Help Lesotho to select a relevant programme.