Ambassador Gonzales Awards Over 3.6 Million Maloti in Grants to Basotho Organizations

At the U.S Embassy in Maseru September 23, 2019, Ambassador Rebecca E. Gonzales joined by Acting Minister Temeki Tsolo and Deputy Minister of Education and Training ‘Maphoka Motoboli officially awarded grants worth approximately 3.6 million Maloti to three community-based organizations, eight schools and four civic organizations. These projects are supported through the U.S President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants program, the U.S Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund, and Public Diplomacy grants respectively.

Each year, PEPFAR sets aside approximately 2.1 million Maloti to support communities across Lesotho through its Small Grants Program to help local communities and organizations strengthen the care and support they provide to HIV/AIDS patients and to families affected by the disease. Through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund, the U.S. Embassy in Maseru has supported schools and local community organizations across Lesotho for more than 40 years, and these funds have enabled many Basotho communities across all the ten districts to improve their socio-economic conditions. Projects have ranged from providing new classrooms that alleviate overcrowding and provide shelter for Basotho youth, boreholes that provide safe water for entire communities, and pit latrines that increase overall hygiene and prevent disease.

“These projects – one of many U.S. assistance programs here – are a testament to the strong ties between the people of the United States and the Basotho people, and our shared commitment to building a prosperous future for all Basotho. One key reason the programs have over the years been so successful is because of the buy-in and commitment from the communities themselves.” stressed Ambassador Gonzales during the ceremony.

Three grants totaling more than 925, 000 maloti were also awarded for public diplomacy activities, including programming at the American Corner in Maseru and around the country as part of the Know Your Rights, Know Your Obligations, and Know Your People campaign. Grantees include BAM Group Foundation, Sesotho Media & Development, and Transformation Resource Center. Focused on bringing people together on issues of importance, particularly youth, women, and marginalized groups, these grants reflect the long-standing partnership between Lesotho and the United States to promote civic engagement, professional development, entrepreneurship, health, and cultural exchange, as well as to address issues like gender-based violence and discrimination.

Below is the list of the organizations and schools that will be supported through the PEPFAR Small Grants Program and Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Funds:

Group Pontmain Health Center
District Leribe
Project Adolescent Health Corner
Award Amount $21,493

 

6.

Group Phomolong Support Group
District Maseru
Project Layers Project
Award Amount $12,850

 

5.

Group Lesotho Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS
District Maseru
Project Index Testing and Partner Notification
Award Amount $21,505

 

4.

Group St. Francis Primary School
District Qacha’s Nek
Project Layers Project
Award Amount $9,637

 

5.

Group Monyane Primary School
District Qacha’s Nek
Project Layers Project
Award Amount $10,852

 

6.

Group Maru-A-Tona Elelloang Basotho Farmers Association
District Leribe
Project Broilers Project
Award Amount $5,698

 

7.

Group Disabled and HIV/AIDS Organization Lesotho
District Maseru
Project Layers Project, Mapping Exercise, Awareness-Raising, Training for Caregivers
Award Amount $21,560

 

8.

Group Rutanang Community Foundation
District Mohale’s Hoek
Project Greenhouses and Vegetable Production
Award Amount $22,726
Group Patriot Vision in Action
District Maseru
Project Capacity Building of FY19 PEPFAR Small Grants Program Grantees
Award Amount $18,550

 

Group Matsaile Primary School
District Thaba-Tseka
Project Block of Two Classrooms
Award Amount $10,421

 

11.

Group Tsenoleng Primary School
District Qacha’s Nek
Project Kitchen and Pit Latrines
Award Amount $9,255

 

12.

Group St. Margaret Primary School
District Leribe
Project Pit Latrines
Award Amount $6,391

 

13.

Group Hermitage Primary School
District Qacha’s Nek
Project Kitchen and Pit Latrines
Award Amount $8,212

 

14.

Group Matholeng High School
District Mafeteng
Project Pit Latrines
Award Amount $10,216

 

15.

Group Bolahla Primary School
District Qacha’s Nek
Project Block of Two Classrooms
Award Amount $10,505

 

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