Village of Lesotho 

29.8421° S, 28.0497° E

"My dream is to learn to drive a truck," - Sekoele,  Herd Boy and student at the Lesala Shepherd School. 

The Lesala Shepherd School in Semonkong was founded by Julius Matsoso Majoro in 2005. Julius was once a herd boy, or shepherd,  himself but managed to escape the cycle that traps many of Lesotho's young men.  After completing his own studies, Julius wanted to help other herd boys receive an education. 

The Lesala Shepherd School operates at night, after herd boys have finished with their day's work tending to animals. They come down off the hills, some walking up to 20km in the dark, to receive a basic education in Sesotho, English and Maths. They also receive a hot meal and socialize, singing and dancing together. 

Today, The Village funds the school's running costs and is growing the scope to include skills training and qualifications for the herd boys, and ultimately supporting the Lesala Shepherd School into self-sustainability. 

 

The Lesala Shepherd School provides the following: 

 

  •  Sesotho, English, Maths to students of varying educational levels and ages

  • 1 to 10 teacher student ratio

  • Monthly hygiene packs

  • First Aid training and kits 

  • Nightly hot and nutritious meals

  • Opportunity to socialize 

  • Sexual heath education

  • Warm and adequate clothing

  • Emotional support

  • Holistic support from the community

  • 2-3 veteran volunteer teams per year. Learn more about our veteran volunteers here.

Future Goals:

  • Developing an engaging curriculum for well-rounded education

  • Skills training college 

  • Herd boys leading adventure training endeavors 

  • Sustainability 

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The Village registered as a charity in England and Wales, number 1186107