Lockdown helps children learn entrepreneurial skills in a fun way
With primary schools still closed because of lockdown in Lesotho as a move by Government to minimise further spread of COVID-19, many children find themselves frustrated by the uncertainty surrounding their educational future. However, in World Vision's Koeneng Area programme in the North of Lesotho, it is a different story. Children here continue to enjoy the lockdown period because it has given them an opportunity to learn different skills that can help them in their future careers.
Protect children as we battle COVID-19
Her Majesty Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso, also World Vision Lesotho's Education Champion calls for the protection of children as the country positions itself to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Lesotho.
COVID-19 makes life even harder for child-headed households
Matšeliso and her brothers have been living without a mother and father for more than five years. Their mother died a few years ago, and their father left them five years ago for the Republic of South Africa in search of better paying jobs.
Supporting children on ARV treatment during COVID-19 lockdown
During school days, children living with HIV, whose families struggle to put food on the table, get their first meal at school and that is motivation for them to continue with their studies even despite the difficulties. With the current countrywide lockdown imposed by the Lesotho Government as a preventive measure against COVID-19, these children's hopes of getting that only meal of the day are dashed. Many of them were at the verge of dropping the medication that has helped keep them alive because it requires that they eat first.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc in many families across the countries, with ripples spanning around he world. With the first cases identified in the city of Wuhan, China in December 2019, its presence in many countries has led countries to issue orders for people to keep away from public spaces, to the detriment of economies.
As bread winners are confined at home with no income, it could lead to where reserves are depleted leaving family members including children to starve. We are responding in every country we work in to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on vulnerable children and their families.
Initially we are prioritizing 17 countries hard hit by the coronavirus, increasing our efforts to protect, especially the vulnerable children.
About World Vision Lesotho
Lesotho is a democratic, sovereign and independent country surrounded by the South Africa. The Kingdom of Lesotho is one of the three remaining monarchies in Africa. Often referred to as the "Switzerland of Africa", Lesotho is a land of mountains. It is the only country in the world in which all of it's lands are about 1500m above sea-level.
Meet Mathabiso, an unsung hero
'Mathabiso is a retired teacher based in Koeneng Area Program, one of 14 Area Programs in World Vision Lesotho. She continues to empower women and children in her community with life skills. Listen to her story below of how she continued to help her community's most vulnerable during the COVID-19 infused drought.
Follow our ongoing projects below and witness the positive change we are making in the lives of the most vulnerable children and their families, working together with our partners in Lesotho. Below are some of the stories from the recently ended projects: the ending child marriages and gender based violence project funded by the UNFPA; Farmer, Aquaculture and Rural Markets (FARM) as well as Southern Africa Livelihoods Project.
Entrepreneurial Skills for Children
With primary schools still closed because of lockdown in Lesotho, as a move by government to minimize further spread of COVID 19, many children find themselves frustrated by the uncertainty surrounding their educational future.
In Koeneng Area program in the North of Lesotho it is a different story. Children here continue to enjoy the lock down period because it has given them an opportunity to learn different skills that can help them earn money in the future.
Using Drones to Collect Data
The World Vision Lesotho disaster risk reduction project in Mokhotlong, funded by the European Union, held training where project coordinators, officers and other data collectors learned to fly drones as a way to tackle some of Lesotho's challenging terrains more quickly in the event of an emergency.
Christmas with Hygiene
Some 94 children registered with World Vision Lesoho from Matlameng and Pitseng Area Programs celebrated Christmas with Hygiene Hampers as a Gift in Kind from World Vision.
The celebration followed a week-long Youth Camp where children were equipped with Life Skills, Literacy Enhancing activities, Hygiene Education and Spiritual nurturing.
It takes Lesotho
Early marriage affects the lives of 17% of girls in Lesotho. Join us in ensuring all children enjoy their childhoods and have bright futures.