Ambassador Matthew Harrington awarded ten local organizations with grants totaling $140,000 to fight HIV/AIDS at an event in Maseru, August 15, 2017. These small grants are funded through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and support community-initiated projects that aim to strengthen health service delivery in communities throughout Lesotho affected by HIV/AIDS. Groups use these funds for income-generation projects and community-based HIV/AIDS health care initiatives that support orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA).
Ambassador Harrington said at the event, “I am proud to say that the American people and the United States Government are long-standing partners in Lesotho’s fight against this terrible disease. Achieving the Sustainable Development goal of ending HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 will not be easy. But please know that as Basotho confront this epidemic, you will continue to have a determined and collaborative partner in the United States.”
This year, U.S. Embassy Maseru has selected the following ten Basotho organizations to receive grants:
- Andrew Blais Orphanage Home, Mafeteng: $8,541 (approximately M106,000) to expand a broilers project. The profits will be used to support OVC in their community.
- Beautiful Gate Child Care Centre, Maseru: $6,805 (approximately M84,000) to conduct trainings in emergency medical care, human resources, early education, health and nutrition with their staff.
- Boikhollo Bofumeng Mosola, Leribe: $19,211 (approximately M240,000) to purchase home-based care kits, and start a layers project. The proceeds will be used to support OVC, PLWHA, and other vulnerable members of the community.
- Markabei Community Care Coalition, Botha Bothe: $6,847 (approximately M85,000) to purchase home-based care kits and start a sewing project as well as continue with an existing petroleum jelly production project. The income generated will be used to support OVC and PLWHA in their community.
- Motheo oa Bophelo Support Group, Mohale’s Hoek: $19,871 (approximately M248,000) to purchase home-based care kits, and start a layers project for income generation. The proceeds will be used to support OVC and PLWHA in their community.
- Nazareth Community Development Organisation, Maseru: $14,596 (approximately M180,000) to start a vegetable production income-generation project that will support OVC in their community.
- Paray Mission Hospital, Thaba Tseka: $24,900 (approximately M310,000) to construct an adolescent health corner that will be used to support the OVC and adolescent PLWHA in their community.
- Rutanang Support Group, Mohale’s Hoek: $6,362 (approximately M80,000) to start a piggery project which will support OVC in their community.
- Youth with New Vision, Berea: $12,867 (approximately M160,000) to start a layers project which will support OVC and PLWHA in their community.
- Lesotho Network of AIDS Service Organisations (LENASO), Maseru: $20,000 (approximately M250,000) to build capacity of the nine PEPFAR Small Grants grantee groups.