SOS Children in Lesotho
150,000 children in Lesotho today have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS. For over two decades, SOS Children has been working in Lesotho to help vulnerable young children, many of whose lives have been touched by the disease, since the 1980s.
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A country blighted by HIV/AIDS
Lesotho’s ranking in the United Nations Development Index has been falling in recent years. Despite strong economic growth, inequality means that many people in Lesotho are desperately poor. Approximately 15% of Lesotho’s population are undernourished and a lack of clean drinking water continues to affect many. HIV/AIDS affects nearly a quarter of Lesotho’s adult population. Despite the shocking figures, there is hope for the future as facilities and treatments continue to improve.
Childhoods torn apart by HIV/AIDS
- Around 75% of the 200,000 children who have lost one or both parents have lost their parents due to HIV/AIDS.
- 38,000 children in Lesotho live with HIV/AIDS.
- Children affected by HIV/AIDS are more likely to miss school, head households and be forced to beg to survive.
- Education in Lesotho is free and compulsory, but many children do not attend school, often due to HIV/AIDS. However, recent programmes to increase school attendance are showing signs of success.
Our work in Lesotho
We provide care to some of Lesotho's most vulnerable children. Many young people in our care have lost their parents due to HIV/AIDS. We also work with the government to raise awareness about the disease and to teach children how to stay safe. From our SOS social centres, we reach the most vulnerable people, providing free testing, support and anti-retroviral treatment.
Our second SOS Children’s Village is in Quthing. We opened this Village to help the high number of children left alone by HIV/AIDS. An SOS nursery opened in early 2010, and is the only pre-school in Quthing. It offers places to 125 children, both from our Village and the local community. From our SOS social centre, we provide ongoing support to around 400 families affected by AIDS every year. We help them provide better care to their children and ensure they get access to essential services and essential support networks.
Life in SOS Children's Villages Lesotho: The story of Mpho
Mpho, aged 16, lives at SOS Children’s Village Maseru with his SOS mother Kananelo and his brothers and sisters. He loves to play football. His position for the past eight years has been striker. He enjoys playing in the village soccer team and the school team. Mpho has a medal for winning 'best player of the tournament'. He wants to play professional football as his favourite player is David Beckham. Besides playing football Mpho does well academically and has an average pass rate of 70%. His favourite subjects are English and maths.
Thapelo is the youngest child in the house at four years of age. "When Thapelo arrived at the village a year ago he had terrible eczema. With treatment, however, it cleared up nicely," says his mum. The other children in the house were happy to have a 'baby' in the family. Thapela attends the SOS Nursery School. He is a very open child and likes to sing and dance.
Nthati (seven) also loves to dance and sing. "She has a sweet voice," says her mother Kananelo. Nthati has been doing traditional Sesotho dancing for the past three years and is part of the school choir.
SOS Children's Village Association of Lesotho
P.O. Box 1180
Maseru West 105
Tel: +266 223 166 07
Fax: +266 223 166 07