Ambassador Matthew T. Harrington today awarded to seven schools in Lesotho grants worth a total of $54,000 (approximately M655,000) at a signing ceremony at his residence. The grants are part of the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund which supports projects in Lesotho that improve the basic economic and social conditions of their communities.
These grants are awarded once each year to projects that demonstrate local initiative, high-impact and self-sustainability. Typical projects include the construction of classrooms, installation of pit latrines, provision of school furniture, construction of boreholes and supply of solar heating and power. Each community group or school awarded a grant provides a cash or in-kind contribution equivalent to ten percent of the total cost of the project. This participation ensures that the project has a strong foundation and that the end-result truly belongs to the recipients and is theirs to maintain over time.
This year, the following educational institutions received grants under this program:
- Leribe Agricultural Skills Training Centre, Leribe
$5,000.00 (approximately M61,000) to start an instructional layers project
- Moselinyane Primary School, Leribe
$7,730.00 (approximately M94,000) to build classrooms
- Moyeni Primary School, Quthing
$8,640.00 (approximately M105,000) to build pit latrines
- Soloane Primary School, Butha Buthe
$8,280.00 (approximately M100,000) to build classrooms
- Thaba Nts’o Primary School, Mohale’s Hoek
$9,180.00 (approximately M111,000) to build classrooms
- Thabeng High School, Maseru
$6,450.00 (approximately M78,000) to reroof a science laboratory and install water
- Ts’ila Nts’o Primary School, Mokhotlong
$8,720.00 (approximately M106,000) to build classrooms
For more information about U.S. Embassy grant opportunities please visit our website at https://ls.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grant-programs/.