Founded in 2004, Help Lesotho works solely in the AIDS-ravaged country of Lesotho in southern Africa. Help Lesotho’s programs foster hope and motivation in those who are most in need: vulnerable children, girls, youth and grandmothers.
They reach between 15-20,000 direct beneficiaries annually.
Their work targets root causes and community priorities including education, leadership training and psychosocial support. Help Lesotho is an effective, sustainable international development organization working at the grass-roots level to create an AIDS-free generation, end the cycle of poverty and support the future leaders of Lesotho.
Help Lesotho’s VISION is that: Children and youth experience gender equity in an HIV/AIDS-free Lesotho.
Help Lesotho’s MISSION is: They develop and deliver holistic, innovative programs that help people heal, learn new skills and strategies, and ultimately take action for the benefit of others. They are empowering a critical mass of children and youth with the knowledge and support needed for them to lead a movement that:
Advocates for social justice, particularly the rights of girls and women in pursuit of gender equity;
Promotes the prevention of HIV transmission; and
Champions and challenges all involved to make healthy decisions and be socially responsible.
Their programs are based on the following set of guiding principles:
They are committed to helping children and youth reach their potential in a context of gender equity and the alleviation of HIV/AIDS in Lesotho;
They provide services in several rural districts of Lesotho to 15,000 – 20,000 vulnerable individuals annually;
They create long-term change through our innovative, transformative programs over many months and years to build a depth of beneficiary capacity and behaviour changes that will foster sustainable development;
Their education, leadership development and psychosocial support programs provide knowledge and promote positive attitudes about gender equity and HIV/AIDS. They build resilience, foster self-management and enable beneficiaries to learn to take action for the benefit of others;
All beneficiaries are expected and trained to return to their communities to share knowledge and advocate for human rights and social justice, especially gender equity. These advocacy initiatives have given well over 100,000 vulnerable children, youth and grandmothers both a voice and opportunities to step up and speak out as leaders creating positive change; and
They magnify their household strengthening and community impact by working with multiple populations in the same communities. Key groups in a given community (children, schools, youth, herd boys, teachers, schools, grandmothers, young mothers, out of school youth etc.) receive mutually reinforcing messaging and reiterative interventions in sensitive and relevant ways.
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