Lesotho has the 2nd highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world. This forgotten country boasts some of the most devastating statistics on earth. The majority of the ‘parental’ generation has passed away or are very ill. AIDS has destroyed families and left grandmothers to care for orphaned children. Many youth have also been burdened with the reality of having to care for younger siblings or ill family members.
Help Lesotho supports more than 10,000 vulnerable people each year with programming related to education, leadership development, and psychosocial support. All programs are embedded with gender equity and HIV/AIDS awareness strategies.
Help Lesotho is working in the rural mountains of Lesotho. Rather than focusing efforts on the capital city, the organization reaches out to the most rural populations. The youth in these areas have very few opportunities to reach educational programs or services that would increase their knowledge about HIV/AIDS and gender equity. Help Lesotho has created leadership programs to inspire change by providing concrete skills, self-esteem building, and increased feelings of self-worth.
Girls and women in Lesotho are particularly vulnerable to many factors that are associated with poverty and illness. Help Lesotho places special emphasis on programs for girls and women because they are the key stabilizers and agents of change in families and communities.
Topics surrounding gender equity and HIV/AIDS awareness are embedded within all Help Lesotho leadership initiatives and programming. By focusing on leadership, the goal is to offer support to the youth who have the ability to work with the populations in their communities to bring about change.
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