Housing poverty in Lesotho
- 3,410 people served in FY18
- 175 volunteers hosted in FY18
- Projects: home building, clean water and sanitation, land rights
As part of our Vulnerable Group Housing programme, we work with disadvantaged groups in society to get them access to decent housing solutions.
Lesotho has the second highest HIV/AIDs adult prevalence in the world with just under 1 in 4 people living with HIV. As a result of the pandemic, of all the countries with HIV prevalence greater than one percent, Lesotho has the largest percentage of children who have lost one or both parents.
For 68% of all orphans and vulnerable children, HIV&AIDS is the major factor causing orphanhood and vulnerability. As a result, many of these children live in places that are either indecent, unhygienic or in overcrowded spaces after the loss of their parents.
Further, about 70% of Lesotho’s population live in households defined as poor with unhealthy conditions ranging from overcrowded homes, lack of clean water or toilet, exposed construction elements.
Many orphaned Basotho children lack a safe place to call home. Land ownership issues in Lesotho have also contributed to the woes faced by orphans and vulnerable children in the country.
Many of them have been victims of property/land grabbing, effectively evicting them from their homes and leaving them in desperate need of shelter.
Our “Vulnerable Groups Housing” programme works with orphans, vulnerable children and their families to address their needs for decent and clean shelter.
The programme aims to provide long term and sustainable solutions to its beneficiaries by enabling very comprehensive support to the selected families. The programme ensures that beneficiaries receive the support needed to better their lives and eventually work their way out of absolute poverty.
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