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.
Children in Lesotho
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 Children's Villages 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 opened our first Children's Village in Lesotho in 1994. Maseru provides a new home in a loving SOS family to over 100 children from the surrounding area.
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.
SOS Children’s Village Association of Lesotho
P.O. Box 1180
Maseru West 105
Tel: +266 223 166 07
Fax: +266 223 166 07