Lesotho has the second highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world. Consequently, many children live in a home where their primary caregiver is sick with HIV/AIDS. This issue, combined with widespread poverty, has resulted in a number of additional problems:
Challenges faced by Basotho children:
• Many children live in a home where their primary caregiver is sick with HIV/AIDS
• There are an increasing number of child-headed homes
• Some children have to walk up to 2 hours to attend school. Many children do not have proper shoes to walk these distances.
• Winters in Lesotho fall to sub-zero temperatures, and many children do not have warm clothing or blankets to protect them from the cold
• Only 20% of youth in Lesotho will attend high school because they cannot pay required school fees, purchase uniforms, or buy their books.
• Many children do not receive adequate nutrition, limiting their ability to pay attention at school
• Many children are required to look after livestock, make fires, cook for the families they live with, and look after sick people during the day instead of attending school
Reclaimed Project equips churches to care for orphaned/vulnerable children by:
• Tutoring them after school
• Providing a nutritious daily
• Paying for their school fees
• Paying for/making their school uniforms
• Paying for their school shoes
• Teaching them God’s word
• Providing a safe place for them to play
• Providing loving adults who care about them
• Provide warm clothing and blankets during the winter
• Giving them daily vitamins
Lesotho is facing the worst drought in recent history, and two successive crop failures. The drought and crop failures have lead to a massive hunger crisis that is expected to impact communities for years to come.
Reclaimed Project equips churches to address hunger by:
• Providing alternative income through making and selling of crafts
• Chicken projects
Nearly all of the Basotho engage in subsistence farming. However, only 11% of the land in Lesotho is arable. The recent drought has left most of the land in Lesotho barren and there are few alternative ways to generate income.
Reclaimed Project equips churches to address unemployment by:
• Providing jobs through the making/selling of crafts
• Teaching Biblical principals of financial management including: saving and giving
• All Basotho who make/sell crafts through Reclaimed Project also give a percentage of their income to support orphans in their own communities.