U.S. Embassy Awards $150,000 to Basotho Community Organizations Fighting HIV/AIDS

U.S. Ambassador Matt Harrington awarded 11 local organizations with grants worth a total of $150,000 to fight HIV/AIDS at an event today in Maseru.

Funded through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the PEPFAR Small Grants Program supports community-initiated projects which aim to strengthen health service delivery in communities in Lesotho affected by HIV/AIDS. Groups awarded these grants implement projects that support orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and people living with HIV and AIDS through income-generation projects and community-based HIV and AIDS palliative care and home health care initiatives.

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 11 organizations across Lesotho to receive grants:

  • Association of Women in Small Business, Maseru
    $17,120 to start a layers income-generation project which will support OVC and people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) in their community.
  • Atlanta Piggery Cooperative Society, Berea
    $10,410 to expand their existing piggery project, proceeds of which are used to support OVC, PLWHA and disabled members of their community.
  • Bana Ba Rona, Berea
    $16,400 to start a layers project which will support the OVC population in their community.
  • Botleng Support Group, Maseru
    $17,920 expand their existing layers project, proceeds from which will be used to support OVC and PLWHA in their community.
  • Breath of Life Association, Maseru
    $9,920 to start a layers project which will support OVC, PLWHA and young mothers in their community.
  • Centre for the Poor and Less Privileged, Maseru
    $15,460 to expand their existing layers project, proceeds of which cover overhead costs and provide support to over 70 OVC resident at the orphanage.
  • Lesotho Durham Link, Berea
    $9,250 to support the Child Headed Households project which supports OVC and their community by providing training and resources for the construction and maintenance of keyhole gardens.
  • Mashai Primary School, Thaba Tseka
    $17,930 to start a layers and piggery project, proceeds of which will provide food to OVC attending the school and also pay for their secondary school fees upon leaving primary school.
  • Mt. Carmel High School, Mohale’s Hoek
    $11,100 to start a layers project which will enable them to provide a constant nutritional source to students and earn income to pay school fees for OVC.
  • Tsikoane Development Association, Leribe
    $8,390 to start a hatchery project, profit from which will be used to support OVC and other vulnerable members of their community.
  • Young Positive Generation of Lesotho, Berea
    $16,100 to further expand their candle-making project which provides skills development for youth with HIV and AIDS and income towards transport and medical fees.

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/.