The Herd Boys of Lesotho
Updated: Oct 26, 2021
In 2018, nearly 10 years after our Founder and CEO first visited Lesotho, we launched our first Village in Semonkong, Lesotho, Southern Africa.
The Village of Lesotho is in one large compound.
A part of Lesotho culture is that boys as young as five are sent to the mountains to work as Shepherds or 'Herd Boys' for local farmers.
Becoming a Shepherd is customary for economic and cultural reasons, but this tradition takes the boys out of school early and leaves a large number of young men uneducated, with few skills & little hope for the future.
The School at The Village of Lesotho operates at night after the Herd Boys have completed their days’ work and provides basic education in Maths, English and Writing. It is also an opportunity to socialise and where the herd boys receive a nutritious hot meal, which is often their only one.
In March 2020 we launched a skills-based training programme for the Herd Boys, focusing on metal work and glasswork. This compliments the academic lessons by offering an alternative pathway for learning vocational skills and opportunities for employment, while recognising the untapped potential which exists in the community.