Prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the adult (15-49) population – this is the second highest incidence rate in the world
the source of many of
Graff’s finest diamonds
Number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho
Number of deaths relating to HIV/AIDS each year. And with a death rate at of 14.89 per 1000 people, the third highest in the world, the suffering impacts the whole population
The estimated life expectancy at birth
Percentage of population less than 25 years old, meaning many young people are orphans
The country’s unemployment rate. The figure soars to 34.4% among Lesotho’s youth, aged 15-24.
Percentage of the population living below the poverty line
Elevation in metres from the lowest point to the highest: Lesotho features the highest low point of any country in the world
Located in the small Lesotho town of Leribe, The Graff Leadership Centre has become a central meeting place for thousands of children, youth, grandmothers and villagers from neighbouring communities and schools. It offers the following services:
Intensive youth leadership development programmes that build confidence, knowledge and leadership skills in Lesotho’s youth
A community centre for vulnerable young mothers and grandmothers to receive support when they come for training days, mentoring, and arts and crafts activities
A safe sanctuary and home to 37 Basotho girls who will train to become young leaders in their communities
Teacher training for professional development and support
Computer and life skills classes that empower youth and adults with computer literacy, knowledge of gender equity, HIV/AIDS, communication, goal setting, and healthy decision-making
After-school and weekend clubs, sports, educational games, tutoring in the library, and youth volunteer life skills coaching
A special space made available for community services such as HIV testing, civil society, local partnership development and community engagement
500 grandmothers empowered through the Grandmother conferences and support programme
900 vulnerable children educated at five-day Leadership Camps
285 youth developed as agents of change through the intensive Leaders-in-Training programme
1,500 out-of-school youth equipped with life skills
200 young mothers and pregnant girls supported via six-month programmes
thousands of children and youth accessing the library, play structures, games and support resources
150 students trained each year through two-month computers & life skills programmes
Up to 51 girls receive high school education in the Basotho Girls Leadership Corps each year
Facet’s Partner Charity:
Help Lesotho, as its name suggests, works solely in the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho running programmes that foster hope, skills and motivation to those most in need in this AIDS-ravaged country. FACET has been a pillar of strength and support to the charity since 2008 to help thousands of vulnerable children, girls, youth and grandmothers.
The work undertaken by the charity targets community priorities such as education, psychosocial support and leadership training. HIV/AIDS and gender equity education is embedded in all programmes and approaches. Working at the grassroots level, it aims to create an AIDS-free generation, end the cycle of poverty and develop the future community leaders of Lesotho.
Real Stories. Real Changes.
KananeloBasotho Girls’ Leadership Corps
‘M’e PuseletsoComputer & Life Skills Training
‘M’e MamatsosoGrandmother Support Programme
Kananelo, 17, lived in the Graff Leadership Centre girls’ hostel from 2010 to 2014. She is a double-orphan who was chosen for the BGLC sponsorship programme. Kananelo recently graduated from high school and started nursing school in Lesotho in July 2015.
Currently, Kananelo is living with her grandmother and struggles with glaucoma. Despite her challenges, she knows she has a bright future ahead following the support, education and lifesaving skills she received at the Graff Leadership Centre. Kananelo plans to make an impact in her community by inspiring young girls and women to become leaders and care for the sick.Previous Next
Sello, 28, attended the intensive Leaders in Training programme in 2013 and on completion was hired to work as a youth volunteer at the Graff Leadership Centre. Through extensive youth mentoring and practical experience, Sello was brought on to the staff as Help Lesotho’s Youth Programme Support Officer in 2014.
Today, Sello plays a large role in developing Lesotho’s next generation of leaders by facilitating the Leaders in Training programme, organising gender conferences, and coordinating leadership camps. Sello joined Help Lesotho after receiving a diploma in social work and he is committed to helping vulnerable Basotho reach their full potential.Previous Next
‘M’e Puseletso attended computer classes and life skills training at the Graff Leadership Centre hoping to build her résumé, but what she received was so much more. ‘M’e is the survivor of a violent attack and rape. Through psychosocial support and learning about topics such as gender equity, violence, and grief and loss, she was able to heal from her hurt under the guidance of Help Lesotho staff.
Today, she is free from the shame that often afflicts rape victims; she exudes confidence and can always be seen wearing a smile. ‘M’e has legally defended herself against her attacker and is a true example of someone standing up for themselves.Previous Next
Tshepo, 14, visits the Graff Leadership Centre after school and on weekends to play soccer and read books about animals in the library. He lives in a village just a stone’s throw away from the centre and considers himself lucky to have such a beautiful place to play. The youngest of five children, Tshepo wants to be a police officer when he grows up to protect his sisters and community. He recently learned about the consequences of smoking and drugs at a life skills session and decided that he will never abuse substances: “Because I am smart!”Previous Next
‘M’e Mamatsoso, 77, is a beneficiary of Help Lesotho’s Grandmother Support Programme. The grandmother of two orphans received an eye examination at the Graff Leadership Centre and was referred to receive cataracts surgery.
Following her procedure, she can continue to care for her grandchildren with improved eyesight. She receives support, education and relief through the grandmother programme and attended a five-day grandmother conference at the centre where she learned how to build a keyhole garden, which is specially constructed to give up to 10 times the yield of a normal garden. She also receives vegetable seeds to plant, which helps to feed her family throughout the winter.Previous Next