Who We Are
Help Lesotho’s VISION is: The youth of Lesotho have the support and agency to create healthy and self-sustaining futures.
Help Lesotho’s MISSION is: We develop and deliver holistic, innovative programs that help people heal, learn new skills and strategies, and ultimately take action for the benefit of others. We are empowering a critical mass of children and youth with the knowledge and support needed for them to lead a movement that:
- Advocates for social justice, particularly the rights of girls and women in pursuit of gender equity;
- Promotes the prevention of HIV transmission; and
- Champions and challenges all involved to make healthy decisions and be socially responsible.
Our programs are based on the following set of guiding principles:
- We are committed to helping children and youth reach their potential in a context of gender equity and the alleviation of HIV/AIDS in Lesotho;
- We provide services in several rural districts of Lesotho to 15,000 – 20,000 vulnerable individuals annually;
- We create long-term change through our innovative, transformative programs over many months and years to build a depth of beneficiary capacity and behaviour changes that will foster sustainable development;
- Our education, leadership development and psychosocial support programs provide knowledge and promote positive attitudes about gender equity and HIV/AIDS. They build resilience, foster self-management and enable beneficiaries to learn to take action for the benefit of others;
- All beneficiaries are expected and trained to return to their communities to share knowledge and advocate for human rights and social justice, especially gender equity. These advocacy initiatives have given well over 100,000 vulnerable children, youth and grandmothers both a voice and opportunities to step up and speak out as leaders creating positive change; and
- We magnify our household strengthening and community impact by working with multiple populations in the same communities. Key groups in a given community (children, schools, youth, herd boys, teachers, schools, grandmothers, young mothers, out of school youth etc.) receive mutually reinforcing messaging and reiterative interventions in sensitive and relevant ways.
Strategic Priorities for 2019 – 2022:
- Increase our programming for male youth. While continuing our programs for girls and women, our success with training male youth and herd boys will be expanded to reach more out-of-school young males with programs and initiatives that promote sexual and reproductive health, good decision-making and community responsibility.
- Develop and implement new initiatives to increase employment and entrepreneurial training. Existing programs and new initiatives will augment the current pre-employment training, entrepreneurial preparation, and other job-readiness support to address the severe unemployment and related-issues in the communities we serve.
- Effect a shift of program outcome emphasis from gender equity to power-sharing. A key shift will be from our focus on gender equity to ‘power-sharing’. Gender based violence is fundamentally about who holds power. This strategic period will emphasize the role and responsibility of all community members in sharing power – in the home, in relationships, communities, and throughout child-rearing. Our messaging will expand our emphasis on the rights and protection of girls and women – to ensure they have a voice in all elements of decision making. This will be operationalized by delivering multiple programs for various populations in tighter geographic catchments and increasing the participation of boys, partners, spouses, men, police, community leaders and grandfathers, especially those connected to the girls and women in our programs.
- Generate increased revenue from fee-for-service training of other organizations and Influencers. Through CHANGE4ce, GIRL4ce, and other initiatives, we seek to train other organizations and community influencers such as community nurses, police officers, community counsellors, employers, mothers-in-laws, guardians, parents and teachers to respect the rights of and support the youth in their care.