Help Lesotho

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Help Lesotho is a non-governmental organization that was founded in 2004 by Dr. Peg Herbert. Based in Ottawa, Canada, Help Lesotho is made up of dedicated people, working to help prevent HIV/AIDS in the country of Lesotho, which has the 2nd highest rate of infection of this disease.[1] Lesotho is located in southern Africa and is entirely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. Dr. Herbert started the organization after meeting a student, from Lesotho, at the University of Ottawa, where she taught a class in educational psychology. Many Canadians and Basotho have helped the organization, which has support from Canada and many other countries around the world.

Help Lesotho Mission Statement: It is the mission of Help Lesotho to mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS by promoting education, gender equity and youth leadership development.

Project Objectives:

Promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention and gender equity in Lesotho;

Foster hope and motivation to the children, including school sponsorship;

Develop leadership and a sense of civic responsibility among Lesotho youth;

Provide support and education for grandmothers looking after orphans;

Twin schools and build relationships between supporting communities and the people of Lesotho;

Develop simple, low-cost, accountable, locally based and championed projects in Lesotho;

and Support Lesotho teachers and schools with programs, resources, and volunteers.

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