U.S. Ambassador Matthew Harrington awarded eight local organizations with grants totaling $142,000 to fight HIV/AIDS at an event today in Maseru. 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, “The projects being funded today will go a very long way towards supporting people living with HIV and AIDS and orphaned and vulnerable children in small communities across Lesotho. Through these projects, group members will have better resources and improved skills to care for each other and the vulnerable members of their community affected by this tragic epidemic.”
This year, U.S. Embassy Maseru has selected the following eight Basotho organizations to receive grants:
- Falimehang Ha Motlokoa Support Group, Leribe
$15,300 (approximately M214,200) to purchase home-based care kits, start a broilers project, and expand an already existing sewing project. The profits will be used to support OVC and PLWHA in their community.
- Ikhetheng Basali Support Group, Berea
$8,000 (approximately M112,000) to expand an already existing broilers project which supports OVC and PLWHA in their community.
- Mohatlane Community Education Centre, Berea
$22,540 (approximately M315,560) to purchase home-based care kits, provide members with training in use of the kits, and start a poultry project. The proceeds will be used to support OVC, PLWHA, and other vulnerable members of the community.
- Nalane, Maseru
$25,000 (approximately M350,000) to start two aquaponics greenhouse farms. The income generated will be used to support OVC and after-school programs.
- The Special Support Group, Leribe
$19,500 (approximately M273,000) to start a layers project for income generation. The proceeds will be used to support OVC and PLWHA in their community.
- Thusanang Bophelo Support Group, Leribe
$22,900 (approximately M320,600) to purchase home-based care kits, provide all members with training, and start a layers income-generation project that will support OVC and PLWHA in their community.
- Tiisetsang Support Group, Mohale’s Hoek
$18,300 (approximately M256,200) to expand an existing sewing project. The income generated will be used to support the OVC and PLWHA in their community.
- Young Matsekha Against AIDS, Berea
$11,080 (approximately M155,120) to start a seedlings and vegetable production project which will support OVC and PLWHA in their community.
For more information about this and other U.S. Embassy grant opportunities, please visit our website at https://ls.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grant-programs/.