Before you continue on your journey, here's what you need to know about Lesotho...
 
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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 year we have also launched a skills-based training programme for the Herd Boys, focusing on metal work and glasswork.  This complements 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. 

 

The orphanage, Semonkong Children's Care Centre, houses up to 50 children at any one time. The Village supports the maintenance by calling on the skills of our veteran volunteers, the education of the children and staff salaries, ensuring the highest holistic care for the children.

 

The context:

  • Lesotho has the second highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS and the highest incidence of TB in the world

  • Semonkong is a remote mountain region that has been deeply impacted by HIV/AIDS, TB and poverty

  • There are an estimated 400,000 orphans & vulnerable children in Lesotho

  • Many vulnerable orphans either live alone, or they are the caretakers of their younger siblings, or they live with their grandparents or extended family

  • The life of a young Shepherd or 'Herd Boy' is very isolated, with much of their time spent in the harsh environment.  Many are struck by lightning and suffer in the freezing winter conditions.

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