Award-Winning U.S. Singer/Songwriter Visits Lesotho to Celebrate 50 Years of Partnership

The U.S. Embassy in Maseru is delighted to host award-winning American singer/songwriter Maya Azucena and her band from September 19-24 to help celebrate 50 years of partnership between United States and Lesotho. During their visit to the Mountain Kingdom they will collaborate with local musical artists, conduct master classes for singers and musicians, and perform for the public in parts of Maseru and Mafeteng Districts as part of a Jam Sessions.

Examples of the partnership between the U.S. and Lesotho include:

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – This important program supports the people and the government of Lesotho to reach its goal of ending HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The United States government, with the generous support of the American people, has committed more than $300 million to the HIV/AIDS response in Lesotho since 2007.

Peace Corps – Since 1967, a year after Lesotho’s independence, the U.S. Peace Corps has supported volunteers working to promote mutual understanding and build bonds of friendship between our two nations. Over the past 49 years, more than 2,300 Peace Corps Volunteers have served here, working closely with their Basotho counterparts in the fields of education, health, and agriculture. Currently, 76 Peace Corps Volunteers are serving in all 10 districts of the country and a new group of volunteers is slated to arrive later this month.

Academic and Cultural Exchange Programs – In addition to working closely with Lesotho’s government, we take pride in strengthening people-to-people ties between Americans and Basotho, through a range of academic and cultural exchange programs. More than 500 Basotho have gone to the United States on U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs, forging lasting friendships and strengthening mutual understanding.

Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) – The $363 million Millennium Challenge Compact grant to Lesotho, completed in 2013, focused on health, water, and private sector development. This program supported the construction of 138 clinics across the country and renovation of 14 outpatient departments in hospitals, as well as the installation of 10,000 latrines in villages nationwide. This program also helped fund, along with support from other development partners and the government, the Metolong Dam.

For further information, please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at 2231-2666 ext. 4314 or email TsiameST@state.gov.