Sekameng Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.

Activities

To increase household food security, we provided 200 households with vegetable seeds and gardening classes so they could harvest fresh food for their families year round. Local schools were equipped to start their own gardens and grow fruits and vegetables for school meals. Excess food was shared with orphaned, disabled, and elderly members of the community who often go hungry. In partnership with government health officials, we encouraged pregnant women to get tested for HIV and receive treatment to reduce the spread of the virus. We partnered with local sanitation committees to provide trainings on handwashing, personal hygiene, boiling and storing clean water, and waste disposal as methods to improve health and sanitation. To increase the sustainability of the water supply, we worked to involve community members and the local government in maintaining wells and water pumps. We enhanced early learning for children under 6 years-old by improving development center facilities, adding playgrounds, and providing teaching materials such as books and educational toys. Parent Teacher Associations were trained in how to monitor teachers and administrators to ensure quality education, and how to raise awareness among parents about the importance of education. The trainings led to an increase in school enrollment for both girls and boys. To reduce the risk of emergencies, we conducted awareness campaigns in the community for youth and adults about disaster preparedness.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|

Locations

  • Lesotho>Mafeteng

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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