Who We Are
Help Lesotho’s VISION is that: Children and youth experience gender equity in an HIV/AIDS-free Lesotho.
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 2016 – 2019:
- Increase beneficiary involvement and leadership in programs and participant-led networks and advocacy;
- Maximize our existing critical mass of program graduates through a robust, active Alumni Association;
- Open a branch office in Maseru to attract and retain the high calibre of management professionals required and to increase our presence at partnership opportunities in Lesotho’s capital city;
- Build and maintain healthy, productive relationships with local partners and the Lesotho government;
- Increase program delivery to individuals within the same households and communities;
- Increase our program emphasis on individual and household economic strengthening by facilitating households to grow more food, increase cost sharing, etc. and
- Increase the participation of boys, partners, spouses, men and grandfathers, especially those connected to the girls and women in our programs.